10 Alternatives to the Plain White Ceiling

Plain white ceilings are a staple in most rooms. But it isn’t the only option. If you like to inject color, pattern, or interest into your home design in unconventional ways, the ceiling is a great way to do so. Here are a few ceiling alternatives to consider.

Bright Paint.


If you don’t want your walls completely bright, but would still like to include an unexpected pop of color, the ceiling is a perfect spot. Keep the rest of the walls a pretty neutral shade, and pick a color that complements them while brightening up the space.

Ceiling Panels.


Square panels are probably the most popular option for ceilings aside from painted white. There are some really interesting options out there, but even a pretty plain square design can add some dimension to your room.



The ceiling is not a place you normally see wallpaper, but it can be applied there just as easily as it can on your walls. And if you’re a fan of patterns, it can be a great way to add some to your room without covering each and every wall.

Wood Planks.


If you’re lucky enough to have a ceiling with exposed beams or other woodwork, then you don’t need to take any steps to liven up your ceiling. But even if these aren’t already a part of your home’s structure, you can still add them as a design element.

Simple Patterns.


Love patterns but not really a fan of wallpaper? You can simply paint simple designs like stripes or other geometric elements to your ceiling using stencils or painters tape. The colors can be as bright or subtle as you like.

Subtle Color.


If your room has plain white walls and an all-white ceiling just seems a little too sterile, but you don’t necessarily want a bright splash of color, subtle colors can add dimension and interest just as well.

Statement Tile.


Similar to simple square panels, there are also plenty of statement tile options available for ceilings. You can choose from a variety of patterns, colors, and materials based on the rest of your room.

Additional Lighting.


Lighting is essential in every room for practical purposes, but it can also serve as a decorative accent for your ceiling. Aside from the light fixture itself, consider a panel or other decorative accent directly on the ceiling to really make the lighting stand out.

Molding Accents.


Ceilings, white or otherwise, can be made more interesting with decorative molding. The molding can go either around the entire room, around light fixtures, or around other decorative accents.

Decorative Paint.


Another option for accentuating light fixtures or just bringing a focal point onto the ceiling is to paint detailed accents around these areas. This might require a professional or some artistic talent, but it can definitely be worth it.

Plain white ceilings are still a classic option. But it isn’t the only way to go. So don’t rush out for white paint before considering all of the other great choices out there.

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