7 Ways to Add Charm and Style to Your Ceiling

7 Ways to Add Charm and Style to Your Ceiling

You are sure to decorate all your walls, but don't forget your "fifth wall" -the ceiling!

Here are some great ideas on how to "elevate" the style of your ceiling!

The ceiling… the often forgotten and overlooked part of a home's interior space. However, we are here to tell you a well designed ceiling will take your home aesthetic over the top (pun intended). It's also a great opportunity to add charm and provide eye-catching style that works cohesively with the rest of the living area.

Homeowners thrive in a home environment that is a reflection of who they are. You want your living space to feel inviting and represent your personality and aesthetic. However, looking at your ceiling as part of your home's structure rather than another area of their home waiting to be customized results in a ceiling that has zero visual impact and 100% wasted potential.

You should not miss the opportunity to spruce up your ceiling and make it your own. If you're tired of living with a basic ceiling and want to add some charm and style, read on to learn how you can achieve this and ultimately enhance your living space. But before we get started, let's discuss what decorating your ceiling can do for you.

The Impact of Decorating Your Ceiling

Although ceilings usually go unnoticed, they take up a large part of your home. This means that it can have a huge impact on how you feel and interact in your home space. A simple white ceiling, for example, might not negatively impact the mood of a room. But more often than not, a white ceiling makes no impact —untouched real estate!

Your have the opportunity to truly customize your home experience and that experience begins with your interior design. Essentially, how you choose to decorate your ceiling can give you a sense of control over your home's atmosphere. For instance, painting your ceiling with earth tones can make your living space feel cozy and inviting.

How you style your ceiling can also shift how your home space feels in terms of size. For instance, a bas-relief ceiling can add depth, while something as simple as paint color can change the entire dynamic of a room.

Along with this, a decorated ceiling has the ability to make the rooms in your home look and feel more put together. Most homeowners prioritize things like wall decor and furniture. But you can really enhance your space and make it feel more unified with a decorative ceiling.

Don't let your ceiling fade into the background. It should instead complement your home's interior space to make a greater impact.

Even more, a decorated ceiling means that homeowners can boost the marketability of their homes. Even if you're not planning to sell, it's always a good idea to add equity to your home over time-upgrading your ceiling is one of the most striking and fun ways to do so.

There are so many ways that homeowners can add some additional style to their ceilings. Ultimately, just giving it a little attention can set you apart from other homes on the market, help you leave a lasting impression, and sell your home fast.

Now that we've discussed the amazing benefits of upgrading your ceiling, let's take a look at some fun and simple ways homeowners can add some charm and style to their ceiling. Here are 7 effective ways you can spruce up your ceiling and enhance your living space.


1. Add Beams

If you want to add a little charm to your ceiling, consider adding beams. Ceiling beams add texture, dimension, and are a great option to add a little drama to a space.

Beams come in many shapes, styles, sizes and colors. From modern to rustic, coastal to contemporary, there are beams perfect to fit your home aesthetic. Along with this, beams can be a great addition to bring balance to your home. For instance, if your home has dark wood floors, adding dark wood beams can make your living space feel more cohesive.

Tip: Ceiling beams are an amazing addition to your home, but if you have low ceilings- you might want to look into other ways to upgrade your fifth wall.

2. Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings go by many names. Many people know them as textured, stucco, and even cottage cheese ceilings. These ceilings were widely popular between the 1930s and 1990s. Popcorn ceilings are a sprayed-on technique that was popular mainly for its ability to hide imperfections in the ceiling and silence noise.

Thankfully, these ceilings have lost their appeal due to numerous reasons. For starters, many of these ceilings were made with asbestos. The Clean Air Act stopped this practice in 1978. But homes built before that year with popcorn ceilings could, unfortunately, have asbestos in their home.

Aside from this, popcorn ceilings just aren't attractive, and many homeowners carry this same sentiment. In fact, they not only lead to poor lighting in your home, but these ceilings easily get discolored over time, disintegrate more quickly compared to other options, and look very dated.

With that said, it's time to ditch the popcorn ceilings and join the modern-day society. If you're looking for a fresh, updated look, simply start by removing the oh-so-textured blast from the past. You'd be surprised at just how fresh and inviting your space will feel once you've removed the those .

Tip: Although asbestos was banned from popcorn ceilings, we highly suggest for you wear proper personal protective equipment and/or consult a professional. Safety is key!



3. Add Wood Paneling

Who said that wood was only reserved for flooring? Today, wood ceilings are becoming a popular style option for homeowners, and for good reason. Wood is a traditional material, but this material is certainly helping to modernize living spaces when applied to the ceiling.

Wood paneling is environmentally safe, durable, and helps to protect your home from cold and overheating. Not forgetting to mention, wood ceilings are cozy and stylish. Many homeowners are jumping on the idea of adding wood paneling to their ceiling due to the beauty of wood material. Wood possesses a unique texture and grain pattern, making it a timeless, decorative feature.

Another benefit of adding wood to the ceiling is that it's extremely versatile. In fact, a wood ceiling can work with various room styles. With that said, whether your living space is rustic or light and airy, you can find a wood material that will work well with your aesthetic.

Tip: Like ceiling beams, wood paneling works best in rooms that carry height since it takes up space. If you have a smaller room, consider painting your wood white to give the illusion of more space.

4. Paint Your Ceilings

They say the simple things are often the best — and this holds true when it comes to adding paint to your ceilings. Paint is a simple and easy way for homeowners to upgrade their ceiling design and bring it to life. With that said, paint tends to do a good job of adding a modern feel to a home's interior space.

What's even better is that there are so many paint options available that allow homeowners to achieve immediate visual impact. But more than this, homeowners don't have to just stick to solid colors for their ceilings. There is a great opportunity for patterns and other embellishments that can really push the charm and overall aesthetic of your home.

In addition to this, adding paint can make a room feel smaller. This is particularly great if you want to make a certain room feel cozier. For instance, darker-hued paint with lighter walls can effectively help you achieve a smaller room. Along with this, darker paint will increase the warmth of a room, which can add to its coziness. At the same time, light-colored paint can make a room feel more open and bigger if you need to make a smaller room feel larger.

Tip: Painting can be a fun way to upgrade your ceiling. However, a successful ceiling will take precision and a bit of skill. With that said, it's important to get as much paint on the ceiling as you can in the shortest amount of time possible without spatters. For this reason, it's a good idea to use a thick, premium rollover cover.

5. Add Light Fixtures

If you want to improve the liveliness of your living space, then it's time to add lighting fixtures to your ceiling. Light is your home's best friend. Good lighting brings life to the atmosphere, gives definition to a room, and adds more brightness and warmth to your living space.

What's even better is that there are many different shapes, styles and sizes of lighting fixtures that will fit your needs and taste for absolutely any room. When done correctly, a lighting fixture can make a statement and really showcase your home's personality. Let's take a look at 3 types of lighting fixtures for your ceiling.

  • Recessed lighting: This is a popular option for many homeowners. It's sleek, hidden, and can even make a room appear larger. Recessed lighting is installed into an opening in the ceiling and has light shining from the hole in the ceiling downward.
  • Drop lighting: These lighting fixtures drop from the ceiling and face the ground. Depending on which fixture you get, the lighting can face upwards as well.
  • Flush-mounted lighting: This lighting fixture is best in low ceiling situations as it is fixed close to the ceiling.

Tip: Multiples of the same light fixture in a space draw the eye upward and make spaces look bigger and more eye-catching.

6. Add Wallpaper

Wallpaper is probably the last thing you would think to add to your ceiling. However, incorporating wallpaper is one of the best ways to be expressive, show off your home's personality, and essentially bring your entire space together.

By incorporating wallpaper, you are utilizing a versatile design feature, which means you can easily find an eye-catching design to fit your home's atmosphere. For instance, if you want to give off a light and airy feel, you can incorporate wallpaper with soft, pastel colors. At the same time, if you're going for a cozier environment, you can easily incorporate a darker wallpaper to match.

Ultimately, wallpaper is a fun and easy way to customize the feel of your space. With so many options available, homeowners can easily take their ceiling from basic to charming.

Tip: If you decide to use wallpaper for your ceiling, be sure to apply a primer beforehand. This will help you limit potential damage if you later want to remove or change the wallpaper.

7. Add a Ceiling Fan(or two!)

Another simple way to add charm and style to your home is by incorporating a ceiling fan. Homeowners that are looking for a quick way to spice up their living space have turned to the trusted ceiling fan to deliver.

This design feature isn't just energy-efficient, but it comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes that matches any home style. Not only that, but ceiling fans offer a strong focal point that can make any room feel inviting, comfortable, and memorable.

With that said, a ceiling fan is an excellent option for homeowners that prefer a smaller project that can make a huge style impact.

Tip: To ensure your room feels cohesive, make sure your ceiling fan and all lighting fixtures in the same room have a similar wattage and color temperature.


Your ceiling is one of the largest areas in your home with the greatest potential to visually enhance your living space. Don't waste that precious real estate! And you shouldn't underestimate the impact that a decorated ceiling can have on your home's appeal.


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by Eva Hutton

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