Want to Update Your Bedroom? Paint the Ceiling!

Transform a drab room by adding a bold color to the most unexpected place.

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Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Before: Plain, Beige Bedroom

Is your bedroom looking a little plain these days? One way to spruce things up is to paint the fifth wall — your ceiling — a bold, new color.

Apply Painter's Tape

Use painter's tape to cover the crown molding around the perimeter of the ceiling.

Cover the Corners

Make sure to work slowly around the corners of your ceiling as you apply painter's tape.

Paint the Edges

Remove the lid of the paint can and stir to ensure color consistency. (Now would also be a good time to lay down a dropcloth.) Cut in about three inches from the tape, and apply paint with a paintbrush.

Smooth It Out

Smooth out the cut-in area by lightly brushing the tip of the bristles over the newly painted area to create a feathered edge.

Paint the Ceiling

Place a loaded paint roller in the corner of the room and roll in one direction in parallel lines (not in a "W" or "V" pattern) toward the opposite side of the room.

Add Some Texture

A rug is a great way to add another layer and some texture to your room. We recommend laying one down where the bed will eventually be.

Install a Light Fixture

A unique light fixture — like this Sputnik light — will pop against your newly painted ceiling.

Pull in Colorful Decor

Pick out colors that complement your ceiling, but don't be afraid to mix patterns and textures.

Add a Bold Lamp

A bold table lamp is a perfect accessory for your newly updated room.

After: Vibrant, Modern Dreams

Carry the new color of your ceiling throughout the room by choosing accent pieces that are a similar shade, like the velvet green bench.