Not all ceilings are created equal. Some were made to steal the show. From weathered wood trusses to inky shiplap, exposed beams and the most stately coffered ceilings, we’ve gathered seven different applications that will never, ever let you forget that fifth wall again. Scroll below for 23 stunning variations that will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to your ceiling design. As you’ll see, they all have a different vibe but one thing is for certain, all eyes will be looking up.
Whether restoring an old home or infusing character into a new build, exposed beams are such a stunning way to open up a ceiling and add height + warmth. From simple, rough-hewn beams to full-on exposed trusses, have a look at how designers put these ceilings to work. We especially love this look with an unexpected pairing of modern or classic decor.
Interior Design and Photography: Sarah Sherman Samuel
Interior Design and Photography: Studio McGee
Straight out of a castle, coffered ceilings have that insane old-world beauty that instantly transforms a room with a sense of grandness. In keeping with that ornate application, we are also seeing a more modern take on adornment with the introduction of millwork on ceilings.
We are still not over shiplap; especially when placed on the ceiling. This look is 100% Joanna Gaines approved and adds the most amazing texture to a space without being totally overpowering. Much like the exposed ceilings, shiplap looks great natural or painted white for a vibe that’s somewhere between coastal and farmhouse.
Don’t think you’re brave enough for wallpapered ceilings? These examples will prove that theory false. Whether super subtle or a bold pattern, this statement ceiling application is so stunning. Bonus, it draws the eyes up, making the room appear taller and more grandiose.
Interior Design: Ali Budd Interiors
Design and Photography: Room for Tuesday
If you are wanting to make a statement but aren’t ready to fully commit to ripping out plaster or adding millwork, painted ceilings are a great option. They are relatively low-cost and still give you that high impact. We especially love the look of textural shiplap ceilings painted a dark, inky hue.
Interior Design: Sophie Burke Design
Interior Design: Tamara Magel
The architectural detail of a barrel vault ceiling is gorgeous in and of itself, but when covered in a sea of brick or subway tile it rises to a whole new level. Have you ever seen anything so stunning?
via Loft Kolasinski
Skylights and full window ceilings are tucked in this category of standout ceilings. They are reminiscent of a light-filled English sunroom. Sunglasses are mandatory in these spaces and we’re completely ok with that.
Interior Design: Imperfect Interiors
Interior Design: Gray and Co.
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Erin Lepperd is an interior designer – turned digital media editor with a penchant for breathtaking interiors. When she’s not gabbing about design, you’ll find her wrangling her wild and wonderful 5 year old twins, brunching like it’s her job and exploring the wilds of New England as a California transplant. Spoiler alert…Boston is cold + incredibly charming.