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Home decor is a way to make our spaces warm and inviting, as well as unique enough to express our own personal tastes and style. Everyone knows the basics of decor, from choosing wall paint to accessorizing with fun and whimsical accessories. However, there is one great, unexplored terrain in most homes–the ceiling. This “fifth wall” offers a blank slate of possibility, and is an ideal spot to stretch those design muscles to create something engaging, stylish and one of a kind. This blog will hopefully fill you with some great modern ceiling design ideas that will work amazing in your home.


Paint is an obvious choice when looking to redesign a ceiling, and for good reason. Freshening up a ceiling with a new paint color is cheap, quick and efficient, and shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon. It is also the perfect gateway project for design novices. A major trend in ceiling design is to choose a pale shade of a color already found in the room you are designing, creating a soft, layered effect. Light blue is also a perfect option, mimicking the sky. Or, go for a creamy eggshell to give just a slight alternative to the traditional white ceiling.


Wallpaper is like paint on steroids–you get a nice flat surface covering but the possibilities for pattern are endless. Applying wallpaper to a ceiling is much like applying it to walls, except you luck out in that you will typically only need to cover a much smaller surface space. This is also a good option when you fall in love with a wallpaper pattern, but don’t want to commit to it enough to cover an entire room’s walls with the stuff. Choose from modern designs, florals, or the uber trendy damask style.


Tiling a ceiling just might be one of the hottest design trends of the moment, and it is easy to see why. Adding thin, large tiles to a ceiling gives it instant glam and elegance, bringing allusions to Parisian salons. Tin tiles are a great bet, as they are easy and lightweight to install, and come in a number of patterns, shapes and colors. White tin tiles give a pretty cottage look, while a metal finish like bronze or copper will look exceptionally chic. The tiles can be laid in neat rows, or placed at a diagonal for a more unique pattern.


We’ve all seen trim used beautifully on walls to make picture squares, and at the edge of the ceiling for a beautiful crown molding. But trim can also be used on ceilings to give a similar look. Install trim molding on the ceiling a few inches from where the wall meets the ceiling, creating a frame of sorts along the entire top of a room. This adds extra interest and immediately draws the eye upward, making the room feel bigger and more spacious. This style can be adapted a number of ways, and you can use double or even triple layers of molding along the ceiling, choosing varying thickness of trim pieces.


And don’t overlook the beauty of a simple stencil motif. The wonder of stencils is that they are made in a plethora of different patterns, so there is literally something to suit all tastes. And when applied in a consistent pattern, a painted on stencil motif can actually look just like wallpaper, but at a fraction of the cost. Use flat paint to apply a stencil, or go for something with shimmer, like a metallic silver color. A large shaped stencil will go on faster, while a smaller stencil pattern will take more time and patience to apply. You can paint this over the already existing color on your ceiling to boot.

Look around your home. Chances are that most of it is furnished in nearly the same tone. If you’ve got plenty of brown furniture in your home, think of setting aside one piece to paint a bright color. This is a design project that is going to make you very happy!

Brightly painted furniture makes a great accent piece in a dining room, bedroom or even a main living space. Perhaps you have a piece that has an interesting shape like a breakfront or a baby dresser, but the finish has seen better days. Veneered furniture is particularly good for a project like this, as it is difficult to finish but easy to paint. With proper preparation and the right amount of imagination this piece, or any, can become the focal point of your room.

You’ll need a workspace for this project, like a garage or an empty room, where your piece can go undisturbed in between stages, and where you can put down drop clothes to allow for any drips or dust while you are working. We won’t cover all the details here, but we will point you in the direction of chalk paint, which is a wonderful step into creativity with painting. Here you will discover incredible coverage of your furniture, amazing colors, all in a non-toxic water-based paint. You will have so much fun working in this medium that you will want to take on another project immediately.
The real fun will lie in creating your special project. Look around your home. Where do you need a focal point or an accent? Where have you been wishing for just a little more lightness or brightness? Here is where you will want to place your new piece. Now look for just the piece, a piece with some interesting edges or shapes, or perhaps some flat places where you can stencil some designs.

Create a Mood
What mood are you aiming for? Light colors can lighten your mood, and strong colors can make you happy. Write a list of colors you might try and ask yourself what mood they evoke for you. Think:
o Sunny Yellow
o Merry Green
o Vibrant Blue
o Fiery Red

Or whatever the colors speak to you. Remember one piece can arouse that feeling in the whole room. Choose your base color accordingly. You’ll want to complement the colors in the room you will have your piece.

Do flowers turn you on? How about the beach? Why not stencil or draw related things on the front of your solid colored dresser? Stripes or polka dots will give a whimsical mood to a piece. The sky’s the limit!

Children’s rooms
In a child’s room try looking for decals of their favorite theme characters and building them into the piece. You don’t have to use the whole decal. Cut it to fit the way you want it: peeking out of a drawer, or coming over the back of a dresser, even wrapping up onto a wall
Ready to start you piece? Consult your local paint supply house for all the right supplies. Set aside your space and prepare accordingly. You are ready to create your masterpiece!