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Look Up! 8 Ceiling Design Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out

April 18, 2022

The fifth wall deserves attention, too!

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The ceiling is one of the largest blank canvases in your home, but it’s also one of the most frequently overlooked. Sure, we all appreciate a statement pendant light or chandelier, but many people are unaware that ceiling designs can also play an important role in elevating the overall look of your home.

Temasya by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation
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Instead of leaving it bare, use these design ideas - from wooden beams to wallpaper - to transform your fifth wall into a stunning focal point.

1. Faux wooden beam ceiling design

An excellent way to enhance the visual appeal of your home's ceiling is to decorate it with wooden beams. Consider this Spanish revival-style home, where the designer installed a wooden beam on the ceiling to give the impression of living in a periodic home.

Seri Duta II,  Jalan Langgak Duta by Dot Works
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Although the faux beam is not an original structural support (it is merely a decorative element), it still adds a sense of grandeur and cosiness to the living space. The designer continues the Spanish revival theme by pairing the wooden beams with similar materials for the floor and other decorative elements found in this room.

2. Wooden panel ceiling design

Alternatively, consider installing a hardwood surface across the entire ceiling. It can add warmth and a cabin-like charm to a home.

Masera Cheras by Wuuu Studio
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This gorgeous music room is an excellent example. It has a dark wooden panel that runs from floor to ceiling, adding comfort and elegance to the space. Another advantage of covering an entire room in wood is that it absorbs sound, making it ideal for a room dedicated to playing musical instruments like this!

3. Rustic Industrial-themed ceiling design

If you want to create a rustic industrial interior, consider leaving your ceiling exposed to show off the column, ductwork, electrical wiring, pipes or other structural elements that mimic old warehouses.

Henry Goulding Home, Bangsar by MIL Design & Construction
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Although this design feature may not be everyone’s cup of tea, some homeowners find this industrial style interior with an exposed ceiling to be visually appealing by adding an edgy character to their home.

4. Striped wallpaper ceiling design

Wallpaper is a great addition to any room, but don't be fooled by the name, as it can also be used in places other than the walls, such as the ceiling.

Paragon, Seri Kembangan by Rezone Interior Design Studio
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Make a bold statement on your ceiling with an artful print or colourful patterned wallpaper, but if you want to keep it simple, take a cue from this entryway which features wallpaper with black and white stripes. When applied seamlessly from wall to ceiling, the striped wallpaper blurs the line between the wall and the ceiling, drawing the eyes upwards, thereby making the room appear taller than it is.

5. Skylight ceiling design

Consider installing a skylight if you want to create a sense of spaciousness in a room. There are numerous advantages to installing a skylight. During the day, it can flood the room with plenty of sunlight, and at night, you can look up to see the stars in the sky. Furthermore, the sound of rain hitting the glass window can be soothing to listen to on rainy days.

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio
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This multifunctional kitchen is a great design inspiration for those who dream about installing glass window ceilings in their home. It features a pyramid skylight that not only showers the space with plenty of natural light, but it also lends a bold and eye-catching design as compared to a flat-roof glass window option.

6. Cove light ceiling design

Lighting is inevitably a consideration when renovating a room. However, with a little imagination, you can use your lighting as a design element for your ceiling as well.

Seringin Residences, OUG by Mega Fusion Design Studio
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Take a cue from this modern home where the cove lighting serves a dual purpose. Along the lines of the geometrically shaped plaster ceiling, the designer installed strips of cove lighting that give the room a more dynamic appearance and grants the space some visual edge. Additionally, the soft glow from cove lighting also makes anyone feel at ease and relaxed in this room.

7. Contrasting colour ceiling design

It would have been easy to simply paint an entire room white, but if you want to make a statement or add some colour in an unexpected way, consider painting your ceiling in a contrasting colour as seen in this modern living room. The dark blue ceiling is akin to the night sky and brings positive calm and serenity into the sociable space.

M City, Ampang by GI Design Sdn Bhd
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When combined with white walls, neutral-coloured furniture, and white tiled flooring, the blue ceiling feels balanced without overpowering the space.

8. Coffered ceiling design

What to add some opulence to your space with ceiling design? Take into account a coffered ceiling. It can immediately draw the eye up and give a space three dimensional/layered look.

Metropolitan Square, Damansara by JeeHan Lee Design
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The coffered ceiling design details create an intriguing composition in this living room, while the warm ambient lighting helps to further enhance the design details. Meanwhile, modern furnishings, gold metallic accents and a chandelier add a classic, elegant vibe to the space.

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