Bedroom Ceiling Design Ideas

The ceiling is a blank canvas offering many ways to take your bedroom's decor to the next level.

Spa Contemporary Master Bedroom

Spa Contemporary Master Bedroom

This spa-like master bedroom combines straight, clean lines with rounded curves for a look that flows. The architectural ceiling structure holds ambient recessed lighting and is softened by the sheer, floor-to-ceiling curtains.

By: Gina Hannah
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When you're redesigning your bedroom, it's easy to overlook the ceiling. But if you think of that space as a clean canvas, there are a number of options you can choose from to add unforgettable style to your space.

Gorgeous Architectural Add-Ons for the Bedroom

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Bricks and Beams

Exposed beams draw the eye up and bring attention to the delicate chandelier and cozy brick fireplace. Even if your home doesn't already have beams, they can be added for easy architectural appeal with a rustic vibe.

DIY Wall Treatment

A fun weekend project, this plush wall treatment serves to add texture and works double duty as a makeshift headboard. This cozy accent wall was created by wrapping pieces of plywood with batting and burlap. They were then stapled and attached to the wall with a nail gun.

Floor to Ceiling

For an unexpected twist on the traditional hardwood floor, this beautiful bedroom boasts a stunning wooden ceiling with an interesting pattern that showcases even more creativity in the bold, bright space.

Decorative Details

One of the best ways to add traditional sophistication to the bedroom is with the use of white wainscoting along the walls. In this earthy master bedroom, mustard brown walls are the perfect color choice to offset the white wainscoting and plank ceiling, while still maintaining a natural, organic look.

Take a Seat

Fabulous built-in storage and a window seat take this space from basic bedroom to custom sleeping quarters. If adding built-ins seems like too daunting a task, an indoors small bench or loveseat with flanking bookshelves can offer a similar look.

Photo By: Brian Kellogg

Architectural Interest

Intricate molding and an alcove for the bed lend much-needed detail and interest to this basic, contemporary space, allowing the rest of the room’s decor to remain neat and simple. Design by Ben Herzog

Bright White

To create a light, airy feel in this master bedroom by designer Julia West, exposed beams were painted white for a style that takes advantage of texture without weighing down the space.

From: Julia West

Draw the Line

In this unique bedroom, chair molding separates the graphic wallpaper from the deep green walls beneath, which keeps the bold wallpaper from overwhelming the space. Design by Emily Henderson

Cuddly Cocoon

A wall niche in this nature-inspired master bedroom creates a cozy nest for the homeowners and adds a hint of drama to the queen-sized bed and surrounding artwork.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Sky-High Design

A vaulted ceiling is a dramatic architectural detail that can make a room feel more open and add an elegant touch to any space. In this bedroom, seen on Sarah’s House on HGTV, an antique four-poster bed and stunning chandelier draw attention to the room’s soaring ceiling.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Modern Meets Retro

While some paneling can make a home feel dated, the dark horizontal paneling in this eclectic bedroom by designer Judith Balis looks fresh and contemporary with a dose of rusticity. Add paneling just behind the bed to create a charming accent wall.

Built-In Style

Your favorite reads are never out of reach when a neighboring built-in bookshelf borders the bed. Great for displaying small treasures and storing books and magazines, a shelf beside the bed can also serve as an out-of-the-box nightstand.

Photo By: Trevor Tondro

Your ceiling design options go beyond whether to stay with a traditional flat, bright white surface or a ceiling with "popcorn" or some other texture. Your ceiling doesn't even have to be white. For a simple and inexpensive but dramatic change, consider painting your ceiling the same shade as the other walls of your room. Some design experts recommend painting your ceiling a lighter shade of the same color as your walls. Consider the colors you're using throughout the room, even in your accessories. You could also have a mural painted on the ceiling. Favorites for bedrooms include clouds, stars and other sky scenes.

Ceilings are a great place to incorporate architectural elements such as coffers and boxed beams. If your remodel includes construction, consider a vaulted ceiling to add both drama and light to your bedroom. A barrel-vaulted ceiling over the bed can help create an intimate space while also adding room for dramatic lighting options. A vaulted ceiling flanked by large windows can create a stunning focal point looking out over a beautiful nature scene or garden. Skylights between the beams of a vaulted ceiling will help create the feeling of sleeping outdoors, and they can give you a great view of the stars at night and sunshine in the morning.

You don't have to raise the roof to add interest, however. A tray ceiling gives a room a traditional and elegant touch, and beadboard overhead softens a room's look and works well with a country decor.

Architectural elements work particularly well with ceilings in large rooms, adding interest and eliminating the often monotonous look of the flat, white surface overhead. Coffers or boxed beams add dimension and work well in rooms with high ceilings. If you are remodeling an older home, boxed beams can hide new electrical wiring, conduits or heating and air ductwork. The spaces between the beams provide yet another opportunity to add interest to your bedroom, perhaps with colored glass pieces arranged in a unique design. Or you can install coffers in geometric shapes other than rectangles. Paint the coffers or leave the wood bare depending on your personal preference and the decor of your room.

Lighting is another important part of ceiling design. If you install a tray ceiling, lighting can be a hidden element. You can also place lighting behind a gossamer canopy for a dreamy effect.

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