6 Ways to Perk Up Your Ceiling(page 1 of 2)

Reinvent your fifth wall with one of these do-it-yourself ceiling makeovers and transform the whole look and feel of a space.

BPF_original_tween-girls-bedroom_ceiling-hardware_4x3 Designer Brian Patrick Flynn adds wow factor to the walls and ceiling with a bold, purple wallpaper.

It's easy to focus simply on what's straight in front of you and forget to look up. So when you're decorating your home, remember there are five walls in a room. Sure, you can leave every ceiling painted plain-Jane white. But imagine the possibilities if you add color, pattern, texture or dimension to your ceiling. Treat the fifth wall like a blank canvas, and you can really create a wow factor in a room's design. As a bonus, a room will look bigger when you draw attention up.

Check out these six dramatic ceiling makeovers and start noticing the pretty view above — like remembering to look up at the starry night sky.

Be Playful With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is going through a renaissance. Patterns with a fresh, modern feel have exploded on the decorating scene. A cheerful wallpaper design brings personality and color to a serene space, like a home office. The fifth wall can act as an accent wall in a room.

HGRM-ceilings-blue-wallpaper-office-no-resize_s4x3 Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Wallpaper Buying Tips

Removable wallpaper tiles are certainly a modern invention — just ask any homeowner who's spent hours peeling off dated wallpaper from the '50s. There are three general types of wallpaper — non-pasted paper, pre-pasted paper and paste-the-wall paper.

  • Non-pasted paper is easy to find but it requires more work. Before you hang the wallpaper, you must brush each strip of paper with wallpaper paste, let it sit for a few minutes and then apply to the wall.
  • Pre-pasted wallpaper is easy to apply and remove. The paper is backed with a paste that’s activated by water.
  • Paste-the-wall wallpaper is a DIY-friendly choice. Use a brush or paint roller to paste the wall. This type of wallpaper is less mess and a quicker application.


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Add Personality With a Pattern

Stenciling a ceiling with an intricate pattern is an affordable way to add a real wow factor to a room. If your using an intricate stencil, enlist a friend as a second set of hands (one person paints each color) to make it go faster.

If you want to make your own stencil design, use contact paper from your local hardware store. Contact paper is a great material for stencil-making because it has a tacky adhesive side that will stick to the ceiling, but can be removed without leaving a residue. Another option is Mylar, a sturdy, transparent polyester film you can find at art supply stores. If you're using Mylar, you'll need a spray adhesive to stick the stencil to the wall. Mylar stencils have the advantage of being reusable over and over again.

HGRM-ceilings-blue-gray-stencil-no-resize_s4x3 Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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Stick Polka Dots Up Top

Polka dots will never go out of style, and it seems neither will our love affair for metallics. This budget-friendly ceiling makeover is the perfect pick-me-up for a tranquil room. The small-scale polka dots look grownup and chic, since large-scale polka dots can appear more kid-appropriate. By using copper contact paper, the polka dots translate to rose gold dots on the ceiling. This ceiling makeover idea is great for renters, as contact paper is easy to remove.

HGRM-ceilings-polkadot-no-resize_s4x3 Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

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