All In The Details: Wallpaper on the ceiling!

Wallpaper on the ceiling?
Are you a fan?
wallpaper on the ceiling of boys bedroom


Let’s talk about wallpaper on the ceiling!


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

A few of you mentioned how great the cane wallpaper from this post 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.




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.
Paying some attention to the ceiling will elevate the look of any space – literally and figuratively
My favorite way to do this is with wallpaper.
I was going to round up a few inspiration images from Pinterest, but then realized I had enough examples from my own home to make this point clear.
As you can see, this is one of my favorite design “tricks” to employ.
From high impact designs (the Ralph Lauren constellation glow in the dark paper in my son’s room above) to a more neutral approach (like the grass cloth papers in our mudroom and guest bathroom below).
Papered ceilings can be the perfect finishing touch in almost any space – including closets.

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

Etsy has an incredible selection!


wallpaper on the ceiling of guest bathroom
photo by Nicole Cohen


wallpaper on the ceiling in walk in closet
The light fixture in my closet is the Calypso flush mount by Crystorama.
blue quilted Brett design wallpaper sample


Here’s a close up of the Brett Design quilted paper on my closet ceiling (the photo doesn’t do it justice!)
Brett’s wallpaper designs are amazing.
My old home office also had some of Brett’s designs on the ceiling.

Wallpaper on the ceiling: 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…the choice is 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!

Last,  but not least…

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In this group – members share their own photos with specific design questions and dilemmas from their homes and spaces.

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We also spill our favorite design sources and tips – it’s SO great for hunting down hard to find items and pieces.

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PS: Another great design detail and a personal favorite – wainscoting for your walls.
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  1. designchic wrote:

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

    Published on 10.25.17 · Reply
  2. 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
  3. 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
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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