Ceiling Trends Are Looking Up

We are truly inspired to start adorning the area above our heads with these top five ceiling design trends.

It’s official, the modern home ceiling has gotten a raise. No longer resigned to being a blank, flat white surface, the ceiling’s new role is that of the “fifth” wall. We’re truly inspired to start adorning the area above our heads with these top five ceiling design trends. 


Painted ceilings have been around for centuries. From the ornate parlors of Old Victorian mansions to the “haunt” blue porches of the Old South. The new, modern twist encapsulates form and function, a synergy of colors and designs that not only add intrigue, but also hide imperfections.

Solid paint colors draw from the room’s furniture, bedding or fixtures and pull a complimentary accent for the ceiling. Dark colors create a sense of coziness and warmth, while lighter shades feel airy and open. For neutral walls, use the ceiling for a bold, surprising pop of color.

Patterned paint designs don’t require a masters degree in fine art. Anyone with a ruler and painter’s tape can create bold, elongating horizontal or vertical stripes, polka dots, and borders. You can also use paint to create the illusion of depth and dimension by painting the center square a few shades darker, with a lighter trim for a tray ceiling effect.

Stencils are a great way to add simple embellishments to an ordinary surface. There are hundreds of pre-cut stencils on the market, from Victorian medallions, gold leaves, gilded fleu de lis, and geometric shapes. All you need is some spray adhesive and a roller, and any imaginable pattern is achievable.


You read that right! The same material you put beneath your feet is now above your heads. Beyond the added aesthetic value, wood ceilings have numerous advantages, such as:

  • Excellent thermal and sound insulator
  • Breathable, durable, and structurally sound
  • Plays with light in ways paint can’t
  • Hides wires, pipes, or other unsightly flaws

There are several ways to achieve this highly-coveted architectural detail, no matter your budget. You can use what you already have by tearing down the plaster or drywall over the ceiling to expose the already-existing structural beams. Then, use strips of drywall to cover the sides of the beams and paint to desired effect.

Specie-wise, you can opt for “faux” wood, lightweight mock beams made of high-density polyurethane with a closed cell structure which come in hundreds of realistic styles, grains, and textures nearly identical to the genuine article. You can use salvaged wood, hand-hewn heavy timbers like oak, cherry and walnut. Or, you can choose bamboo planks or poles, which are a beautiful, green alternative to other hardwoods. They are renewable, durable, naturally termite resistant, and available in countless colors, sheens, and mattes.

Design-wise, the most popular wood ceilings are exposed beams, flat planks, beadboard, shiplap, horizontal-lay, and board-and-batten.


The tiled ceiling has been around for centuries, from colorful ceramic mosaics to rich, leather slates. But if we had to pick the most popular style for today’s ceiling, it’s the tin tile.

If money is no option, real tin tiles are available in every Old War pattern you could need for historical accuracy. But for those on a budget, the faux tin tile market is prolific. Not to mention the fact that synthetic tiles don’t corrode, rust, require special treatments or special cutting equipment, are easy to install, and come in countless colors and patterns.


Derived from the Greek word kophinos, meaning “hollowed container,” a coffered ceiling contains a series of sunken panels, each framed individually to form a kind of comic strip like grid. A famous coffered ceiling is the 9 painted Frescoes of the Sistine Chapel.

Coffers today are usually formed with acoustic wood beams and crown moldings as edges. The sunken panels are then painted, affixed with tiles, skylights, and LED lighting.

Draped or Vaulted

When a part of the ceiling comes down lower than the area around it, it’s known as a draped or dropped ceiling. Usually, this features is used to hide recessed lighting fixtures or structural beams. In kitchens, it can be used for innovative pot racks.

The opposite of the dropped ceiling is the vaulted ceiling, used to dramatically elevate small spaces.



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