Looking for unique and creative ceiling design ideas? Here are seven creative ways to make your ceiling so much more interesting.

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This is supposed to be a serious article about ceiling design ideas.

Ideas that are so clever and so unique and so creative that they give you a crick in your neck from looking up.

But when I sit down to type?

My fingers don’t want to type serious ideas.

They don’t want to prose on about clever, creative unique ideas for the fifth wall in your home.

All they want to do is say:

Because you know I’m about that ceiling ’bout that ceiling ’bout that ceiling….

….no walls.

I’m about that ceiling ’bout that ceiling ’bout that ceiling.

No walls.

I know.

I get it.

I need professional decorating help. πŸ™‚

1. Simple pine planks

This bedroom in the house that I photographed in Alabama has a simple pine ceiling.

It’s such a simple idea.

And yet so brilliant at the same time.

I love the idea of using plain pine planks—but keeping it interesting with different sizes and widths of the boards.

(total aside: you know you weren’t even looking at the ceiling because of that headboard.)

Here’s another ceiling with a similar treatment from the tour of my old house.

The new owners created this amazing porch area reusing wood from the house.

I love the simplicity of the pine.

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2. Whitewashed distressed wood

This is the same song second verse option of number one.


Except the wood has been distressed and whitewashed.

This is the perfect option if you are remodeling an old house and pull down a wall and need a place for all that wood that you want to recycle.

Then make sure you call attention to it with a chandelier like this.

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3. Geometric pattern with wood

I know there are Christmas trees in this picture but I had to share this one.

It’s one of the cleverest ceiling design ideas I’ve ever seen.

This is from a showhouse in Nashville that I photographed and I literally gasped the first time I saw it.

My first thought was how amazing it was.

My second thought was that it might involve a lot of dusting.

But I’d be up on a ladder with a Swiffer every day of the week to have a ceiling like this.

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3. Stained wood with stencil

Nothing says fancy like this ceiling.

And it’s relatively simple to create.

Just stain the ceiling and layer in a stencil with a different color of stain.

And then find a chandelier like this.



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4. Reclaimed wood beams

This study ceiling is from a house I photographed in Nashville.

The decorator told me that they found this arch in an old barn and had it reconfigure to the ceiling.

If you don’t have an old barn lying around, you could recreate this with reclaimed wood and a lot of patience.

6. Metal ceiling

This was a porch on an outdoor area of a house I photographed and a clever option in the ceiling design ideas encyclopedia.

This is recycled metal from another project.

The beauty of the ceiling is that it was left alone.

They just sealed the original patina on the metal and left it as is.

7. Two types of reclaimed wood

And now?

We come to this.

My favorite ceiling on the planet. It’s two different types of wood wrapped around a trey ceiling. And then? As if that wasn’t amazing enough, they added a third beam in the middle of the center part of the ceiling and added this amazing chandelier.

I photographed this years ago from a showhouse that I photographed. I actually think it’s everyone’s favorite ceiling because do you know how many times this picture has been pinned?

357,091 times.


It told me it wanted you to pin it.

It’s trying to make it toΒ 357,092. πŸ™‚

PS One more for the road.

I found this picture from a house I photographed in Alabama.

Every ceiling needs a little red, white and blue.

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I love a "purty" ceiling. I love cofferd ceilings. They are my favorite. But I was a little late yesterday and did not get to comment on the pergola. OMG Ive wanted one of those for years but The husband put the kibosh on that idea. Yours looks so beautiful and inviting. Im so happy for you, but just a little envious. Have so summer fun in it for all of us. Jodena

  2. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I feel the need to correct my last commet. It should read have "some" summer fun for all of us. Lol gotta proof read before submitting. πŸ€”

  3. Image for Rachel Harper Rachel Harper

    I love all the ceiling techniques. We white washed our ceilings to look like reclaimed wood. I all the details on this post. https://www.thepondsfarmhouse.com/how-to-whitewash-wood-ceiling-technique/

  4. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    So beautiful! We have the original ceilings in our 100+ year old Massachusetts house. I have contemplated painting them so many times, just can't do it. The woodwork is so beautiful and well done. Thanks for sharing all of these ideas.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    I'll never actually do any of these ideas, but they are so pretty to admire! I have to admit that with coffered ceilings all I can think about is cobwebs .... the bane of my existence ....

  6. Image for Eileen Eileen

    LOVE all of these ideas! I even think i may do some arm twisting to get that flag tin ceiling in our garage/workshop. 😊 I wonder tho, on ceiling designs, if you don't have tall ceilings would it just make the room look smaller? Id love to do this in my bedroom in some fashion but we have 1970's height... 8 foot max. 😭😭

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