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Take your ceiling decor to new heights by making them a focal point in your home! Interior designers and architects have been using ceiling décor for centuries. From famous paintings like the Sistine chapel to mosaic murals in ancient temples, ceiling art has long been a prominent design element around the world. Flash forward to 2023, and many of us are now left with plain white ceilings throughout our homes. Blank ceilings can be a missed opportunity to add personality into your space. Here are a few ideas to bring that wow factor to your ceilings. 

Paint Goes a Long Way 
Add drama to any space by painting your ceiling the same color as your walls. This will cause the eye to look upward, giving the impression of a taller and larger room. Create a cohesive seamless look throughout the space and don’t be afraid of adding color. We encourage you to get creative with bold colors. The darker the color the higher the impact the room will have.

Living Room

My House Design/Build Team, Surrey, British Columbia   

Consider your ceiling as a 5th wall.  Just like applying wallpaper to a wall, adding wallpaper to your ceiling instantly adds character to the room. If wallpapering an entire room is out of your budget, opt for an accent wall on your ceiling. Using wallpaper on only the ceiling creates a subtle yet dramatic look that is sure to make your room stand out. And with thousands of designs and patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find one that matches your desired aesthetic. 

Entry Way

Empire Custom Homes Limited, Calgary, Alberta

Non-Traditional Color   
White may be a safe choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only choice. There’s no better way to add depth to a room than using a contrasting color on the ceiling. In a space with limited dimensions, bold, colorful selections can quickly become the focal point. If you have light walls, why not opt for a bold,dark ceiling? Darker colors can give a dramatic, sensual, and even luxurious feeling to your space. Anything that draws your eye upwards gives the illusion of higher ceilings.

Dinning Room

Amsted Design-Build, Ottawa, Ontario

Ceiling Medallion   
Ceiling medallions aren’t just found in older homes these days – plenty of designers are incorporating them into new homes or adding them during renovations! Installing a ceiling medallion adds visual interest to your ceiling and bring attention to light fixtures that you want to show off. Lighting is inevitably a consideration when planning ceiling design. Think strategically about where illumination is needed and how the medallion can help emphasize the fixture.

Ceiling Medallion

Sanchez Homes, Ottawa, Ontario

Three-Dimensional Accents
If colored ceilings aren’t for you, opt for a white ceiling with a twist! Create dimension in the space by adding some white molding.  Molding and trim on the ceiling add a touch of traditional elegance to any space. Moldings give what would otherwise be a large empty space some definition and intrigue, so don’t be afraid to get creative with the design. Rooms with white molding on their ceilings appear larger because the ceiling appears higher. They can also help make the room appear cleaner and more organized, especially if it is properly illuminated.

Three-Dimensional Accents

Wallzcorp Inc., North York, Ontario 

Wood Planks
One of the most versatile materials to add to your ceiling is wood. Wood planks or beams work well with both traditional and contemporary interior designs. Natural materials are known to have a calming effect in a space and give off warm and cozy vibes. Planks are a great way to add character to a muted room, and can help lengthen or shorten a room depending on the direction they’re installed.

Wood Planks

Harwood Design Builders Ltd, Winnipeg, Manitoba

It’s time to say goodbye to your outdated popcorn ceiling and hello to statement ceilings. If you’re thinking about sprucing up your ceiling, start a conversation with a renovator near you. Use RenoMark’s professional directory to find a professional in your area.  

Looking for more design trends and inspiration? Check out our blog posts on 10 ideas To Spice Up That Blank Wall and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest account for renovation design inspiration.