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Ceiling Decoration Ideas – Great Ways to Maximise Your ‘Fifth Wall’

Updated: May 14

With great excitement – mostly from me - the wooden floor in our living room was sanded recently revealing gorgeous blonde floor boards; a huge relief and transformation. The not so brilliant flip side of this big reveal, it’s left the walls, the ceiling, and woodwork in need of some serious love.

Queue, my next blog post.

So, when it comes to planning a new room scheme, don’t forget about your ceiling!

It’s a much-overlooked surface and the ideal canvas to let your creativity soar beyond the four walls.

You can spice up any room by treating the ceiling as a ‘fifth wall’ to add colour and character or a simple accent trim. It can be a real game-changer and an easy way to inject wow factor.

Regardless of your ceiling’s height, condition or your design penchants, there are plenty of different ways to ceiling décor treatments to make yours look amazing.

Here are six ideas to inspire and get your creative juices flowing.

1. Ceiling and Walls as One

(Image credit: Brent Darby Photography Ltd)

It is easy to forget about the ceiling when designing or refreshing a room. But once included in the overall scheme, it can really add another layer of interest and warmth, as well as making smaller dark rooms feel more spacious. Using the same shade for the walls and ceiling doesn’t necessarily mean using neutrals. Choose a bold colour and use all over for an impactful, ‘colour drenched’ look that really maximises the space.

When choosing your wall and ceiling paint colour, bear in mind how it will complement your furniture, rugs and artwork. Also consider how much natural daylight the room gets and lighting in the evening.

2. Be Bold and Wallpaper It

(Image credit: Adelina Iliev Photography)

Be fearless and take a bold wallpaper design you love and continue it across the whole ceiling. Wallpaper can convert a blank white ceiling into a spectacular decorative statement.

One idea is going for stripes; this can create a sophisticated and timeless look, whilst adding some structure to your space. It is definitely worth using an experienced decorator to ensure the best results unless you’re feeling confident and have done it before!

3. Add Some Rustic Charm with Wood

(Image credit: Adelina Iliev Photography)

Wooden planks are not only great for creating feature walls, they can also work well by adding warmth and texture to your space, making it feel cosy and inviting. They come in a variety of finishes and stains, so you can choose the style you like best to match your room scheme. Whether you prefer a modern farmhouse look or something more traditional, wood planks are a versatile option and add character.

4. Fairy Tale Stories

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‘Using playful and inventive colour schemes in your child’s bedroom can do wonders for their imagination and creativity,’ says UK colour expert, author and artist, Annie Sloan.

One of the best things about decorating a playroom or kids’ bathroom is that you can totally unleash your own inner child and let your own imagination run wild! It’s a chance to get playful and a little bit whimsical with your interior design choices.

5. Highlight Architectural Features

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If your room has coving or intricate cornicing, you can really make those features ‘pop’ by taking your ceiling colour beyond the edges of the ceiling itself. This is a dramatic way to draw attention to those architectural details and add some extra depth to your space.

In this Little Greene room scheme using a classic pink and soft green paint combination, their beautiful colour ‘Blush’ is used to highlight the decorative cornicing and create a sort of colour canopy overhead. The warm, dusky tone of the paint adds a cosy feel to the large living room, making it feel wonderfully inviting.

6. Contrasting Ceiling Colours

(Image credit: Luk Vanderplaetse)

Using a dramatically contrasting colour on the ceiling can have a huge impact on how you perceive the space. It’s almost like a big reflector bouncing light down into the room; it will really affect the overall vibe of that space.

If you want to go for a high-contrast look, consider using bold hues like sky blue, blush pink, Indian yellow, warm tan or charcoal grey to really make a statement overhead.

This French kitchen is both modern and traditional with a combination of sleek fine lines and classic Parisian mouldings.

What do you think of these ceiling décor and treatment ideas? Which one catches your eye?

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