Bedroom Ceiling Stars

Create a heavenly look in your bedroom by adding glittering stars to your ceiling.


By: Gina Hannah

Create the look of sleeping under the stars in your own bedroom by using your ceiling as the canvas for a heavenly scene. The method you choose to get your bedroom ceiling stars will depend on whether you want your stars to be visible during the day, at night, or both.

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The simplest way to create a star-gazing scene on a bedroom ceiling is to stick the shapes directly onto the ceiling. Most often used in children's rooms, adhesive glow-in-the-dark phosphorescent vinyl stars can be purchased in stores or online, in various styles and sizes.

You can also use paint to create a starry night. For a look often found in Victorian-era homes, paint the ceiling a deep blue and add stars with gold paint. The stars will show up in the daylight, but not at night. If you want your painted stars to glow at night, you can also use luminescent paint, which will give them a nighttime glow.

If you prefer a modern or eclectic look, you can use mirror tiles in the shape of stars, which will catch any direct or indirect light you have in your bedroom. Sketch out the design you want on paper before grabbing your ladder to get the look you want.

If your budget allows, you can purchase a fiber-optic star ceiling made to fit your room. You can order a system in an array of constellation designs. The cost can be several thousand dollars. For a less expensive fiber-optic system, you can purchase a fiber-optic kit that you can install in the ceiling yourself by setting hundreds of lights into holes you've drilled in the ceiling from the attic above. The kit costs a few hundred dollars and includes an illuminator that allows you to adjust the twinkle speed of the lights. This option creates a brilliant starry scene in a child's bedroom or nursery, or even in a dreamy master bedroom suite.

If you prefer to get your starry night without spending a lot of time working on the ceiling, you can purchase a projection system or light. The cost of a lamp or projector varies from the price of a desk lamp to a few hundred dollars for a projector system.

Painted stars or stars created from fiber-optic lighting look particularly stunning in a high tray ceiling or a vaulted ceiling. If you have a tray ceiling, consider installing "hidden" light tubes in the crown molding to provide indirect light to complement stars that are painted in gold, or add a glow to a fiber-optic system.

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