Ceilings are one of the most underrated and overlooked spaces in interior design. Everyone talks about adding pops of color or personality by painting walls or adding furniture and accessories. However most people seem to forget about the huge amount of negative space that encompasses a pretty good portion of the room. There are SO many ways to add some personality to your ceiling and make it more of a focal point instead of just unused space. Here are some of my favorites.
The easiest way to incorporate color onto your ceiling is to go neutral. This works especially well when you have a very muted space. In the kitchen below, they chose to paint the ceiling the same color as the cabinets. What this does is draw your eyes down to the cabinets and then up to the ceiling (or the opposite), elongating the space in the process.
In the bathroom below, you have almost an ombre effect from the floor to the ceiling. Everything below the chair rail is white or very light. As your eyes move up towards the walls and the ceiling the space becomes more saturated with color. In case you haven’t noticed the theme here, I will fill you in on a little color & design psychology. Color on the ceiling helps you to draw the eye upwards and visually add height to the space.
If you haven’t read my recent post on black interior walls I will link it here. In the post I talked about how painting your walls a dark color can make the space seem larger, not smaller like most people believe. The same is true for your ceiling. These rooms below show that color on your ceiling, especially dark color, can visually deepen the space. Plus, talk about a conversation starter!
Speaking of conversation starters, I can’t get over the light fixture in this bathroom. It completely transforms the feel of the room.
There are so many things I love about the kitchen above that I don’t even know where to start. I love that there is a juxtaposition of modern and vintage in this space but both are done so classically. The modern touches like the white subway tile, black cabinetry and new stainless steel appliances keep the kitchen from looking like it hasn’t been touched since 1802. Paired with the exposed brick fireplace, vintage barstools and industrial pendant lights it is the perfect mix of old and new. I want to live in this kitchen.
I fell in love with the moody vibe of this kitchen below and was even more in love with it once I found out it belonged to John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. I love how the gold barstools stand out in this deep kitchen and the color of the ceiling really adds to the space. Try to imagine this kitchen with a white ceiling and it will help you to understand the impact the color makes.
A trend I have been seeing a lot lately is a metallic ceiling and if you know me, you know this is right up my alley. I am all about the glam factor and these ceilings are seriously jaw dropping. The way the light bounces off of the ceiling is just so romantic and dreamy. I love this look for a formal dining or sitting room and also for a glammed up bathroom or closet.
Last but certainly not least, you could choose to go glossy. One of the main benefits of painting your ceiling with a super glossy finish is the incredible reflection it gives. A high-gloss ceiling is definitely a show stopper. I think it is beautiful in black but you can see in the picture below that you can also do this a little more subtly. I love that in this dining room the entire room is white and black and then there is just this beautiful feminine pop of ballerina pink. It is so girly and chic.
If you are nervous about a project like this, remember you can start small. Bathrooms, walk in closets and even entryways are a great space to start. With small square footage a painted ceiling will carry a lot of bang for the buck. Plus it won’t seem like as daunting of a project.
What do you think about these painted ceilings?! Which was your favorite?!
Photos: HGTV, MyDomaine, Tidbits&Twine, HowToDecorate, HomeFurn, CullmanKravis, OneKindDesign, BHG