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Stylish Ceiling Designs That Can Change The Look Of Your Home

When redecorating our homes, we often tend to ignore the ceiling design. We usually just paint it white and don’t think twice about any other options. We focus more of the walls and on the floor. But the ceiling is very important and can radically change the whole design in a room. Let’s explore some of the options.

Coffered ceilings.

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To emphasize the design of the ceiling, the beams can match the doors and windows

by Brett Mountain Photography

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A plain white design is also an elegant option

by David Duncan Livingston

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Some people prefer to stain the beams for a more rustic look

by Mueller Nicholls

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But even if the beams are white, they still stand out

by Christopher Peacock

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You can use the geometry on the ceiling when choosing the lighting fixtures

by Sara Hopkins

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You can also opt for an all-wood coffered ceiling for a traditional look

by RJ Gurley

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A very cohesive interior design wrapped in wood

by Phillip Mueller

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Play with different shades and use the light in your favor

by Gabriel Builders

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Try to create strong contrasts for an eye-catching look

by Teri Fotheringham Photography 

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Coffered ceilings are a nice choice for formal spaces

by Mike Mroz

Coffered ceilings provide you with a way to hide the beams and to integrate them into a more complex design. They have been around for ages. In fact, there is evidence that wooden coffered ceilings were constructed in the Roman times. Nowadays all sorts of shapes and designs are possible and it ahs become a more versatile style.

Striped ceilings.

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If you prefer a simple and more neutral color palette, try black

by Mihomes

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For a brighter look, use more cheerful colors such as this coral shade

by Tobi Fairley

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A girl’s bedroom could use some pink stripes on the ceiling

by Allison Potter

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You can also play with colors and contrasts and choose a bold shade for the walls

by Aaron Leitz Fine

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Usually, the color of the stripes on the ceiling matches that of the walls

by Adam Zollinger

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If you want the ceiling to be the focal point then use a bold color

by ArttHaus

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For cohesion, the ceiling can match the floor or the carpet

by Mike Martin

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Soft, pastel shades are a good choice for nursery rooms

by Jessica Turf 

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White doesn’t necessarily has to be one of the colors on the stripes

by Double W Design

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The yellow stripes make this space cheerful and bright

by California Home Design

Stripes look great on walls and they’re very popular in general. But have you ever thought of painting stripes on your ceiling? It could be an interesting choice. Leave the walls plain and simple and focus on the ceiling, making it the focal point of the room.

Salvaged wood.

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The aged ceiling beams give this open dining room a rustic look
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This look is also popular in contemporary designs and decors

by Dungan Nequette

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Pair the wood ceiling beams with rustic or antique chandeliers

by Jack Gardner

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The aged wood on the beams can match some of the furniture for cohesion

by Benvenuti and Stein

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Salvaged wood features are often seen in country-style homes

by Devon Perkins

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You can mix and match different styles and choose your favorite features

by Meghan Beierle

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A Mediterranean living room with dark-stained ceiling beams

by Yucca

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Even if the beams have a dark stain, they still look charming with that aged finish

by Ken Hayden

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Salvaged wood ceiling beams often look wonderful in traditional interior decors

by  Eric Piasecki

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A traditional bedroom with white walls and contrasting ceiling beams
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The aged finish on the beams matches some of the accent details in the décor

Exposed ceiling beams are often highlighted in interior décor. Salvaged and old wood in particular are very appreciated and people try to get this look by aging the wood using an instant technique. This replicates the effect on naturally aged wood and gives it that charm and uniqueness we seek.

Arched ceilings.

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The arched ceiling gives this living room a very classical look

by Richard Mandelkorn

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The rustic-traditional décor is elevated by the ceiling and windows

by Stone Wood llc

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The beams on the arched ceiling give it a traditional feel

by Pat Sudmeier

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More complex design with geometric forms suit modern and contemporary decors

by Pure Design Environments

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Simple and smooth designs allow the architecture to become the focal point

by Vernon Wentz

Arched ceilings are quite popular in Mediterranean interior design. They are often paired with arched windows and they have a very elegant and stylish look. The designs can differ from ceilings with exposed beams to minimalist ceilings and ceilings with intricate designs.

Warm wood.

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A wooden ceiling is a wonderful feature for the bedroom

by CJ Berg Photography

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It can also look charming in the living room, especially with exposed beams

by J. Grant Design Studio

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Allow the ceiling to stand out by choosing contrasting colors for the rest of the décor

by Refined llc

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Create some symmetry with wooden furniture and matching colors

by AWH Photo & Design.

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Try combining wood with stone for an organic interior design

by Jenkins Custom Homes

It’s no secret that wood makes a room feel warm and welcoming. But there are many ways in which you can integrate this material in your home’s interior design. Wooden floors are the most common but they’re not the only option. Wooden ceilings can be even more charming and eye-catching.

Modern ceilings.

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Sculptural ceiling designs are wuite popular in modern homes

by Pepe Calderin Design

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Usually, the designs are inspired from the classics but with a minimalist twist

by Markeng Lish Architects

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Simplicity is the key in most cases and you can see that clearly here
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This drop down ceiling design is popular because it’s both simple and intriguing

by The design mill

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The lighting fixtures are often the detail that makes the ceiling stand out

by Scott Pease Photography

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As we’ve mentioned before, wooden ceilings are perfect for the bedroom

by Bosworth Hoedemaker and Garret Cord Werner

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Cove lighting can really make the ceiling pop, especially with such a sculptural design

by Barry Grossman

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This contemporary kitchen takes the idea of exposed ceiling beams to a whole new level

by Alexandre Parent

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The simple, geometric lines of the ceiling are recurrent throughout the décor
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An ornate ceiling can beautifully complement a minimalist décor

by Sabaxter Builders

The styles and designs we’ve described so far don’t exactly fit in most modern homes. Here, the designers try to come up with all sorts of unusual and interesting designs and ways to give character to the ceiling and to make an important part of the whole interior décor.

Black and white ceilings.

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The dark ceiling complements the wallpaper and color palette perfectly

by Susan Gilmore

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A black ceiling is quite unusual but it can be a nice choice in an industrial décor

by Brunelleschi

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Pick black and white as the main color palette for a room and create eye-catching contrasts

by Hans Fonk

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Black ceilings seem to suit well basement spaces like this one
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This industrial open space features a dark gray ceiling, still very interesting

by Angela Todd Designs

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Of course, white is the most common color for ceiling regardless of the style

by Andrew Snow

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White ceilings are especially charming when they also have exposed wooden beams

by Jan Skacelik(etsy)

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A white ceiling can also be a nice way to emphasize the design and the architecture
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Paint a wooden ceiling white for a more modern look while preserving the warmth

by Adrian Gregorutti

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It’s often the shape of the ceiling that makes it stand out and not the color

by  Becki Peckham

Both white and black are very complex colors, despite their simplicity. When combined, they gain a timeless and classical beauty, so versatile that it can be seen in all styles and all domains and fields. In interior design, white is the go-to color for the ceiling but it’s not always the case.

Bold ceilings.

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The color of the ceiling often matches the accent color chosen for the entire room

by Tineke Triggs

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In this case, the ceiling matches the bedding and a very nice balance is created

by Greg Riegler 

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If the ceiling is painted a bold color, then the walls should remain white
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For the bedroom ceiling, pick a color that you really like

by Fuller Interiors

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Orange is a very cheerful and dynamic color, suitable for entertainment areas

by by Julie Soefer

It’s quite unusual to encounter ceilings that feature bold colors. Usually, we choose neutral colors or pastel shades. But vibrant colors can really make the ceiling stand out and this can be an interesting option to explore. Let’s take a look at some examples and see how this would work out.

Concrete ceilings

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Modern living room featuring a concrete ceiling and large columns

by Rad Design Inc

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An industrial living room with concrete ceiling and matching walls

by Chipper Hatter 

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Concrete ceilings can also look sleek and chic in modern kitchens for example

by Ivan Hunter

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The gray tiled floor has a mate finish to match the ceiling

by Leicht 

Concrete ceilings and concrete floors in general are used mostly in industrial interior designs and decors. But they can also be an interesting choice for modern and contemporary as well as for Mediterranean designs. They usually have a rough, unfinished look which makes them stand out.

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Posted in Best Of on February 21, 2014

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