Whether you’re a fan of Scandinavian design, a Victorian house enthusiast, or just need a home that’s modest and practical, your home will have a ceiling. Most of us don’t pay too much attention to this ubiquitous detail. When it comes to styling, most of us just stick with a plain old white ceiling and leave it at that. But that’s a shame, especially when you consider just how many different and beautiful designs are out there which can make your ceiling sparkle and pop with style. In today’s fast-paced home improvement market, these are the fifteen styles that have become king of ceiling design trends.
If you’re a fan of sustainable living, this is a design you should consider. Recyclable or “upcycled” ceilings can be made of many different materials including glass, reclaimed wood, even old books, and newspapers. This ceiling can be made in one of two ways. One way involves simply hanging old stuff (wood pallets, crates, books) from the ceiling as a sort of decor. Another way to do this is to take those materials, (wood, paper, glass, etc.) and build them into the design of the ceiling. You’ll likely need a contractor to achieve this, but once it’s all done you’ll have a ceiling that stands out from the rest. The benefit of opting for upcycling is that you end up with a ceiling that has a lot more texture and dimension than your average white ceiling.
Masonry & Natural Stone
Adding brick or natural stone to your ceiling is an easy way to infuse it with some warmth and character, which is especially important in a minimalist space. Bricks come in a lot of different colors and shapes so it isn’t difficult to find exactly what you like. Pairing bricks with natural stone adds even more dimension to the ceiling, and that makes it visually interesting without causing it to become overwhelming to the eye. This ceiling design also gives you a lot of variables to play around with. You get to choose how much mortar is visible between bricks and can also choose to add a herringbone pattern to give your ceiling a nice textured sheen.
Metal is the perfect choice for those that want an eye-catching ceiling design. A potent way to do this is to take the corrugated metal sheets that are normally used outdoors and integrate them into your house ceiling design. Since this involves using a common building material in a novel way, you have a lot more leeway to inject your personality into the design. There’s no set of guidelines to follow, and your metal ceiling can be made up of all manner of metal panels of different sizes, colors, and patterns. It’s hard to get a more authentically rustic look than the one you get with a metal ceiling.
If there’s one thing industrial design style proves, it’s that an interior made up of harsh features and stark contrasts can still be very elegant. The industrial design style is an all-encompassing one and the ceiling is an important crowning element of it. What that translates to is for your ceiling is lots of exposed piping, steel or wooden beams, exposed brick, and bare concrete. This makes for a rough “unfinished” look that is the trademark of the rustic industrial aesthetic.
For something that’s both sophisticated and understated, you can’t go wrong with some tasteful minimalism. Minimalist designs can be somewhat sterile, so it’s important to add some personality to a minimalist interior. What better way to do that than to give your ceiling a cool subtle look as well? After all, there’s a reason that white is so common as a ceiling color, and that’s because most people like it. And even if your ceiling is white, there are plenty of ways to add dimension and style to it with modern brass LED light fixtures, LED light inlays, and many other features.
A tried and true classic ceiling design trend is always a wise choice. Molded ceilings have been around for a while, but they are still a popular ceiling design trend thanks to their luxurious aesthetic. Ceiling moldings are fun to play around with because they can be used to create fine-drawn delineations between each room. Your living room ceiling can have its own unique molded pattern, whereas your bedroom ceiling can have a completely different molding. There’s nothing quite as fancy as customizability, and that’s exactly what the molded ceiling design offers.
Those in a regal state of mind will immediately appreciate the pizzazz of ceiling wallpaper. It may seem tacky to some, but that initial impression quickly fades once you see a golden-colored, patterned, and flowery wallpaper adorning a previously bare ceiling. It’s almost like clothing your ceiling with the fine regalia of royalty. You may live in a simple craftsman-style house, but a dash of wallpaper will transform your abode into a suburban palace. Ceiling wallpaper is a great choice if your interior design style is more traditional as it can be used to complement your existing decor.
Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for those who pine for some natural warmth in their home interior. Hardwood is beautiful, textured, and looks as good as it feels. Of course, you don’t have to limit the use of hardwood just to flooring. Wood can also be used to add warmth to your house’s ceiling design. A full wood ceiling is great if you’re going for a rustic log cabin look. Wood can even be used as one of many ceiling materials to help demarcate different spaces in a house, especially handy if you have an open concept floor plan.
This is another example of an oldie but a goodie. Mirrors have long been used to make a space feel more spacious. This is not only achieved by the mirroring effect but also thanks to how mirrors brighten up the space by reflecting light. The grand ballrooms of the olden days were often full of ornate mirrors for this very reason. For a dash of glam in your house, a mirror ceiling design is well worth considering. As with metal panels, ceiling mirrors can come in many shapes and sizes and can be adorned with a variety of frames or decorations, so you won’t be wanting for choice.
It’s vintage, it's chic, it’s ornate, and it’s making a comeback. Carved ceilings were once a mainstay in fancy mansions and city apartments alike. Its resurgence to vogue is very much a function of its beautiful intricacy and bespoke nature. It takes many hours of labor to create these beautifully carved panels. Plus, this ceiling design pairs quite well with modern motifs such as sleek LED light fixtures creating a perfect interplay of old and new.
Most ceilings are made of drywall, but a custom ceiling design will help you to avoid a cookie-cutter look. Drywall can be designed to produce almost any pattern or shape you can think of. It's easy to layer which is good news if you want to add texture to a bland ceiling design.
Bamboo is cool in both senses of the world. It's an alternative to traditional wood that’s durable, strong, and looks quite modern. It's a light, sustainable material that is quite easy to install and is much less prone to cracking and warping like hardwood. If you’re not a fan of bamboo’s natural color, you can even get it stained much like with other wood materials.
As the name implies, the key to modernism is simplicity. There are a few ways to achieve this in a ceiling design. The main ways to do this are to stick to neutral colors such as whites, creams, and greys as well as avoid intricate light fixtures. In general, you should avoid intricate chandeliers or other big heavy light fixtures.
The more streamlined the design the better your modernist ceiling will look. When it comes to the ceiling’s intricacy, this should be limited to features such as suspended ceilings whereby the inner rectangle of the ceiling is inset and framed by an outer rectangle.
Also known as a “living ceiling” a biophilic ceiling brings vibrant greenery into your home and takes your unique ceiling design to a whole new level. It is done by attaching plant life to your ceiling. This can be done in many ways, from simply attaching plants to the ceiling via hanging boxes or by just wrapping the plants on exposed ceiling beams.
There’s a lot to love with laminate. It's affordable, durable, shiny, and can have many uses. There is a big range of colors and textures to choose from, all of which can transform your ceiling into the centerpiece of any room. Laminate can even be used to simulate more expensive materials such as hardwood or bamboo.