Ceiling Wallpaper Ideas

Ceiling wallpaper?
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Ceiling Wallpaper Ideas

This post first ran back in 2017 – but I’ve recently gone back and updated it a second time!

A few of you mentioned how great the cane wallpaper from this post last year, would look on a ceiling (great idea!) which in turn reminded me of this …

And, since wallpapered ceilings are a timeless interior design element, I brought back this fun home improvement idea today.

Maybe it will inspire you to try out some ceiling wallpaper variation in your own home!

No need for a boring ceiling.

Everyone tends to focus on the walls and floor of a room, but the ceiling shouldn’t be over looked.
Just look to the interior design world for proof – as high end designers often consider the ceiling to be the fifth wall of a room.
Paying some attention to the ceiling will elevate the look of the entire room – literally and figuratively.
A great way to do this is with wallpaper.
I was going to round up a few inspiration images from Pinterest, but then realized I had so many examples of a wallpapered ceiling from my own home to show you.
As you can see, this is one of my favorite design “tricks” to employ.
From high impact designs (the Ralph Lauren constellation glow repeating pattern in the dark paper in my son’s room above) to a more neutral approach (like the the lighter colors of the grass cloth papers in our mudroom and guest bathroom below).
I think it’s such a fun detail for a kid’s room (gives the space a cozier feel) and the perfect choice for a hallway or entry area as well!

Wallpaper Ceilings

Just say no to boring white ceilings!

Papered ceilings can be the perfect finishing touch in almost any space – including a small space like a closet or powder room.
Actually, I love this look the most in smaller rooms.

You don’t need a high ceiling or a lot of light to pull this off…

In fact, smaller-scale patterns disguise installation misalignments in your walls and ceilings.

Worried about choosing the right type of wallpaper?

If you’re not sure you’re going to love this idea, you can always get your feet wet with peel and stick wallpaper as a start.

Testing things out with this temporary diy project solution is the perfect way to experiment with some beautiful patterns on your ceiling.

Etsy has an incredible of selection of removable wallpaper as well as beautiful wallpaper designs in general!

Brett’s wallpaper designs are amazing.
My old home office also had some of Brett’s designs small-scale pattern on the ceiling.
I think this was the first time I had this wallpaper application on a ceiling and probably when I fell in love with the idea.
Brett is such a talented interior designer – so inspiring!

Ceiling Wallpaper Conclusion

Weather you’re looking to zhush up your dining room or living room or give new life to a powder room, wallpapering your ceiling is a great option to have in your design arsenal.

You can go subtle with simple, solid, textured papers or go all out with bold designs and colors on your 5th wall, the choice is all yours.

Wallpaper lovers, don’t miss this post on wallpaper trends!
Finally, if wallpaper on the ceiling isn’t quite your cup of tea, I have a great round up of the best ceiling paint colors, right here!
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PS: Another great design detail and a personal favorite – wainscoting for your walls.


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  1. Gray wrote:

    How do we feel about papering 8 foot ceilings? I am dying to wallpaper a ceiling or two…

    Published on 6.29.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      I think it would be great! and thanks!:)

      Published on 6.29.20 · Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I remember wallpapering the ceiling of my bedroom growing up with my sister and my mom. We girls laughed a lot as the paper kept falling off on our heads as we held it up (while standing on furniture) as my mom smoothed out the bubbles. Such a great memory and the room looked fabulous! I will have to try this in my home now! Thanks for the idea!

    Published on 10.27.17 · Reply
  3. Thanks! the tiles are gray with a little beige. I think if I were to go with paint, I'd go with white! Hope this helps, good luck!

    Published on 10.26.17 · Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I got chills when viewing your guest bathroom. The larger tiles look the same as ours and I've been in a quandary regarding the direction I need to go for the walls. Are your tiles a very light taupe or are they gray? I don't see how I can justify the cost for our huge bathroom although your paper is gorgeous. If you had to paint your walls, what color would you have chosen???
    Thanks a million………BRM

    Published on 10.26.17 · Reply
  5. I LOVE this idea but what does one do when all the ceilings in their home are textured? We bought our first house last year, and much to my dismay, every house that was available in our budget had textured ceilings. My husband assured me it's easy to scrape and refinish.

    Fast forward almost a year later, we are wrapping up a basement renovation we've done on our own, and oh my lord, refinishing those ceilings to make them smooth was a HUGE pain in the ***!!!! Hiring it out isn't really in the budget when we still need to furnish our house. Hoping our next home will have less "builder grade" details and a more custom feel!

    Published on 10.25.17 · Reply
  6. I have uniquely painted ceilings (gold in the master) but not papered! I love the idea, Sue. And you have done it so well in your home! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Published on 10.25.17 · Reply
  7. designchic wrote:

    I love the look – such an unexpected surprise for an often overlooked space. Happy Wednesday, Sue!

    Published on 10.25.17 · Reply