Living Room Ceiling Ideas: 11 Designs to Spark Interest

Living room ceiling ideas shouldn’t be an afterthought. In fact, your fifth wall can be just as interesting, if not more so, than the other four walls that make up your living space.

We say this because your living room ceiling gives you a great opportunity to be as creative as your chosen interior design mood allows. A fan of color? Love adding pockets of interest to your home? Or do you just want to make a statement with new ceiling ideas like never before? No matter the size or height of your space, there’s no shortage of looks that will help add some drama to your ceiling.

Living Room Ceiling Ideas That Aim High

Gone are the days of simply painting a beige ceiling. Although a neutral colored ceiling has earned its rightful place in design books as a surefire way to exude a clean and fresh feel, you can still tick off these style credentials without restricting your creativity.

From beautiful large beams and intricately designed wallpaper to colorful ceiling stripes and whimsical and fabulous 3D designs. Raise your ceiling and take it to new heights by showing your fifth wall some much needed TLC. Here’s how…

1. Choose colored lights

Image of a colorful living room with a pink ceiling light from Pooky

(Image credit: Pooky)

Pink ceiling lights? It’s a yes from us. Tick ​​fun and function by sparking interest in your living space by adding colorful light fixtures to your ceiling. If you’re not sure which color to pick, there’s always a shade that’s right for the job – that’s why decorating with blush pink is a win-win.

As Rohan Blacker, founder of Pooky, tells us, “Choosing a colorful or ornate piece provides a focal point in the room.” It also allows you to make a subtle statement without having to fully commit to a laborious design idea that is not so easily changed.

2. Play with height and add a chandelier

Picture of a chandelier hanging from Pooky's ceiling

High ceilings can withstand large lampshades

(Image credit: Pooky)

Speaking of lighting, it can make a difference in any home or space. That’s why it’s so important to get it right. In general, living room lights should be able to be bright enough to brighten up dark winter days, but soft enough to create a warm ambiance. But the light you choose should also add to your aesthetic, not take it away.

Blacker explains, “For the more adventurous (ceiling height permitting), a chandelier is a great addition to create a sense of grandeur. While if height is limited, recessed fixtures that rest firmly against your ceiling are a great option and take up much less valuable head space than a pendant. Alternatively, wall lighting works just as effectively and can really add a different level of light to a space.

3. Vault your ceiling

Image of a living room with vaulted ceiling using wooden beams

(Image credit: Julie Soefer)

Another great way to get creative with your living room ceiling is to add architectural interest right off the bat. A way to do this? Maximize the height of your room and add a vaulted ceiling.

A vaulted ceiling is where the beams slope from the walls to the roof, meeting in the center. It can make your space look airy, architecturally interesting, and downright amazing.

As an interior designer, Marie Flanigan says, “If you’re building your home, ask your architect to consider a vaulted or barrel ceiling in your design plans. When the eye is drawn upwards, the room appears more spacious, which has a big impact on the overall aesthetics and design.

4. Cover your ceiling with wood

Image of a wooden ceiling in a living room

(Image credit: Julie Soefer)

We already know that modern rustic interiors are set to dominate the living room trend scene in 2022. And using wood to add texture and spark interest is no different. So why not reconnect with nature by using the natural material of your ceiling?

Flanigan continues, “I love using wood to create a beautiful coffered look. Creating a coffered ceiling or incorporating reclaimed wood purlins are great ways to add intrigue to an existing space. Another option is to cover your entire ceiling in wood for a very cozy and intimate feel. I would suggest purlins and a wooden ceiling for living rooms with higher ceiling heights, while a coffered look can work with many ceiling heights, especially when the wood is painted to match the ceiling.

5. Make your ceiling in 3D

Ceiling moldings were used to create an interesting 3D effect in the living room

If space permits, create a ripple effect in your fifth wall

(Image credit: Julie Soefe)

Who says living room ceilings have to be flat or smooth? Not us.

Make waves (literally) in your ceiling by taking your designs to 3D. Not only does this curved design draw the eye upward (and downward), it will add more depth to your living room by casting playful shadows when the sun decides to shine. Flanigan explains, “Think of your ceiling as a fifth wall. The ceiling does not have to be just a flat surface, it can be an interesting integral part of the design.

6. Line your ceiling

Living room with patterned wallpaper on the walls and ceiling

Draw the eye upward by extending your wallpaper to your fifth wall

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

The wallpaper can absolutely be used on your ceiling. Don’t believe us? Take note of Bryce Capp, creative director at Milton & King.

He says, “Just like matching the decor of any room, consider the color themes and style of your living room.

“The point of wallpapering your ceiling isn’t to distract from what’s around you, but to add to it, enhance it, and ultimately make the room feel more cohesive.” So whatever your style, you’ll want to make sure your living room ceiling wallpaper matches the color of your furniture and the paintwork of your walls. You can even try some peel and stick wallpaper options if you rent…

7. Add a ceiling strip

Graphic ceiling idea

A statement strip can help create a focal point

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

Helping to make your room look wider and taller, a ceiling strip is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Extend the height and width of your ceiling with a vertical line that runs along your ceiling and down one side of your wall.

Remember to strike the right balance with the right paint color for your space and strip thickness. Also gather materials such as: dust cloths, painters tape, and step ladders, all available at Amazon or Home Depot before you begin.

8. Paint your entire ceiling

Colorful living room with pink painted walls and the same shade on the matching ceiling

(Image credit: Wayfair)

Color shouldn’t just be for your walls. And if you’re feeling brave, why not consider painting your entire living room ceiling?

Painting your ceiling can extend your walls upwards and make your space appear larger. However – a word of warning – this requires a bit more arm work than renovating your walls. We also recommend using ceiling paint and the right tools to ensure you get the best professional-looking results. Benjamin Moore’s water-based ceiling paint is a good option.

9. Panel your ceiling

Green living room wallpaper with green paneling on the ceiling

(Image credit: DIVINE SAVAGES)

Paneling has come a long way from its roots in the 16th and 17th centuries.

No longer limited to vertical walls, you can create the same contemporary and classic look by adding panels to your living room ceiling. Whether it’s wood or MDF – in our humble opinion, adding panels to your fifth wall screams texture, depth and intrigue. And you’ll be pleased to know that the different options are endless.

10. Install cornices or cornices on your ceiling

Cornice on the ceiling by Mint & May

Architectural moldings will infuse elegance and character

(Image credit: mint and may)

Whether you’re a resident of a Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian property, or just looking to add character to your more modern living space, incorporating cornice is a surefire way to achieve this.

In the past, the cornice was used to hide the junction between the wall and the ceiling. And while it still is, this traditional form of decorative trim serves both functional and aesthetic purposes. Sign us up!

11. Go big on the beams

Exposed beams characterize this living space

(Image credit: DelightFULL)

Exposed wooden beams can give any living space a warm look, whether it’s a traditional period feature or not. And besides having a life-load bearing function, wooden beams are also an intricate and interesting fifth ceiling design.

Or, if exposed beams don’t match the mood of your modern interior, try painting them for a contemporary refresh.

What should I put on the ceiling of my living room?

What you choose to put on your living room ceiling can depend on a number of things. For example, what is your interior style? How big is your living space? And you, how high are your ceilings?

High ceilings often give the impression of a large room. They can also dictate the type of lighting you hang. The higher the ceiling, the more your ceiling can support longer and often larger light fixtures. Whereas if you have low ceilings, tall and low light fixtures could end up getting in the way and taking up unnecessary space.

And in addition to light fixtures, also consider adding color, texture, and using wallpaper. But as Bryce Capp, creative director at Milton & King, says, “It’s really a matter of personal taste.

“The living rooms, unlike bedrooms or bathrooms, are open spaces. If a room can be isolated from the rest of the house, there’s the temptation to go wild.

“However, for the living room, which may be visible from other parts of the house, you might want to go a little more subtle or at the very least go for something that matches the overall aesthetic of your home. interior.

“So if you have a contemporary style interior, a simple geometric or abstract wallpaper can work really well.”

How can I make my living room ceiling more attractive?

There are many ways to make your living room ceiling more attractive. A lick of paint can go a long way. The same can be said for adding texture to your fifth wall. If desired, lights can do more than just illuminate your space.

As Blacker tells us: “Creativity with ceiling lighting really depends on the height available as it can dictate which fixtures you can and cannot use. If you have low ceilings, it’s best to avoid large, low fixtures.

“Not only do they have the effect of lowering the ceiling in the space and making the room look smaller, but they can also get in the way (especially for bean poles in the house!).”

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