Tips in Designing Ceilings

As we fill our homes with lovely decors and comfy furniture, we also see to it that other parts of the house are well-designed. Doing this will give your home a welcoming look. It can even lessen your need to get more decorations if you have walls and ceilings with great designs. We have shown you different wall textures as well as how you can add life to your walls. So, today, we will give you tips on how to design ceilings.

Ceiling is the upper interior of a room. It covers the trusses and gives a room a cozier look. Some rooms may have plain ceilings but there are others which have intricate designs for the ceilings. Of course, the design varies on the kind of space. If it is a modern interior, the ceiling is comprised of sleek lines and curves. For traditional ones, it would have sophisticated moldings. But since we are not here to showcase the different types of ceilings, let us jump into the tips that one needs to consider in designing a ceiling.

1. Consider the kind of space.

Consider the kind of space

This refers to the type of room which you will work on a ceiling for. Design varies from a bedroom, bathroom, living room and other areas of the house. Most of the time, ceilings on a living room, family room and bedroom are more intricate than those in a bathroom. But still, it depends on your taste and the kind of interior that you have.

2. Know your interior’s style.

Know your interior's style

We have mentioned about considering your space when designing the ceiling. Aside from that, you also have to make sure that your ceiling’s design will fit in the kid of interior you want to achieve. For a modern look, you can add drop ceilings with recessed lights on it. It could either be on the center of the room or on the sides. You can also add some textures for the ceiling. For a classic look, a cathedral could be an option but you can also merely place decorative mouldings on the sides of the ceiling.

3. Determine lighting positions.

Determine lighting positions

Ceiling lights should also be considered. Decide on how you will position your lights. This will give you ideas on how you can design your ceiling. Or you can design your ceiling then locate your lights. Be sure that your lights and your ceiling will be in one so that you can get a totally stunning ceiling design.

4. Know ceiling height.

Know ceiling height

Some ceilings are high while others are low. You cannot add any more drop ceilings if your ceiling is already low. Instead, you can paint it with lighter colors. You can also add some texture to it but not the ones that are too busy. For high ceilings, you can check on for more tips on how to treat them.

5. Choose ceiling colors.

Choose ceiling colors

Like other parts of a home, the color of the ceiling would affect the look of the entire interior. Use darker colors for large rooms to create a cozier feel. For smaller rooms, you can try using lighter colors to make it appear larger. But it is actually okay to use any paint scheme as long as it complements with the interior’s design scheme. When painting the ceiling, it is not just the color that matters. But even the paint’s sheen. If your room has low ceiling, using semi-gloss paint would make it appear larger and the ceiling will seem higher. Try to experiment with different paint sheen too so that you can get the kind of ambiance you want for a room.

6. Think of acoustics.

Think of acoustics

Think of acoustics when designing a ceiling. You do not want to converse in a room with a feeling like you are conversing in a very large room. To avoid echoes, you can add acoustics ceilings or you can also bring the sound down. For a high-ceiling room, surround sound by placing them around the room’s walls.

7. Add architectural features.

Add architectural features

One way to have a lovely ceiling is to add some architectural features on it. You can add wooden beams, upholstered acoustical panels, coffered ceilings, beadboard, woven woods, floating screens, artwork, faux finish, or wallpapers. You will surely get a beautiful ceiling by doing this.

8. Try different shapes.

Try different shapes

Experiment with shapes for your ceiling’s design. You can go for rectangular ones or those with edges. But you can also try using circles and other curves. This can add a soft and flowing look to your ceiling. Do not be afraid to experiment as long as it goes with your interior’s design, it fits your budget and you have considered the lights that you will place on it.

9. Use skylights.

Use skylights

You can place a real skylight but you can also have an artificial sky light. Create the illusion of natural light by installing lights hidden on a cove trim or anything that you would place on your ceiling. Adding lights under it will make them appear like a floating object on your ceiling.

10. Add lights with different directions.

 Place furniture in right areas

Aside from the position of lights, the direction of the light also matters. Add lights that go downwards and upwards. This way, it can create more drama to your ceiling.

Designing a ceiling is not just about architecture but it is also about lighting. You can notice that a well-designed ceiling will still look boring without proper lighting on it. That is why, you have to work on both to get a great ceiling design. You can also look into some living room ceiling treatments for ideas on this.