10 Easy Ways To Decorate The Ceiling On a Budget

Want to add some spice to your rooms? Get rid of that boring white ceiling! Check out these easy ways to decorate the ceiling on a budget.

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As you may know, I am on a mission to upgrade my builder grade home by giving it those extra details you see in expensive custom homes…but without paying the custom home price.

The main way I do that is by finding designer rooms that I like and figuring out what makes those rooms so special.

Which is how I came to be a “ceiling must be decorated” fanatic.  No boring white ceilings in my house!

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Chagall Ceiling Painting. Palais Garnier. Paris Opera House via traveltoeat.com

If you look at some of the most awe-inspiring rooms in the world (like the Paris Opera House), they all include beautiful ceiling designs.  I am sure these were painted using scaffolding and in a prone position, which sounds like way too much work for me!

Fortunately, it is possible to achieve the same kind of ceiling interest and warmth at home, without putting in that much time and effort.

Keep reading to find 10 easy ways to decorate the ceiling on a budget.

1. Paint The Same Color As The Walls

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via Architectural Digest

The easiest option for painting the ceiling is to choose the same color as the walls. It is sure to go with your decor and the extra bit of color on the ceiling will make the room and ceiling flow.

You can choose to do a lighter tint like this office from Kelly Wearstler.

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Or go with the exact same paint color.

This has the added benefit of making your room seem bigger. There are no visual clues that separate the walls from the ceiling so your eye sees it all as one big surface.

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It’s a pretty safe choice if your walls are painted a light color…even the painted ceiling novice shouldn’t have any trouble doing this!

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But for those who are ready to go bold, it also works well with dark colors in small rooms like my den where I painted the walls and ceilings the same color black.

2. Pull A Color From The Wallpaper

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The second way to decorate the ceiling is to find some inspiration in what you already have.

If there’s a pattern in your room, like this wallpaper or an area rug, try choosing one of the colors in the pattern for the ceiling.

It ties the whole room together and definitely adds some pizzazz.  Even this room done in brown looks amazing!

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My mother did something similar in her bedroom makeover, by pulling the pink color from the wallpaper up onto the ceiling.

3. Paint A Contrasting Color

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Painting the ceiling a dramatic color that goes with your decor can be a very effective and dramatic way to go.

In this picture the color of the ceiling ties in with the cushions and light fixture to give the room a cohesive look. The gloss of the paint also reflects light so that the darker color does not make the ceiling seem lower.

Note: I would not recommend using gloss paint if you have a popcorn ceiling…it will make all of the bumps show up even more…

4. Add a Ceiling Medallion

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Ceiling medallions are a great way to call attention to the ceiling, especially if you have a fabulous light fixture that you want to highlight.

This room has a pretty traditional version of the ceiling medallion which goes very well with the traditional style of the room.  But you don’t have to stop there if you want something more dramatic.

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I love the idea of painting the ceiling medallion pink and gold! That may be another DIY project to add to my home office makeover.

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Or if you want to save some money, you can make your own lace medallion like I did when I re-decorated my den.

5. Install Moldings On The Ceiling

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One step further than a ceiling medallion is to install some moldings on the ceiling.

I have installed panel moldings on the walls in almost every room in my house, but haven’t got to the ceiling…yet…  I love the way the moldings add some definition to what would otherwise be a big empty space.

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If you really want to go all out, these decorative ceiling moldings definitely make a statement!

And they are actually really easy to install with some construction glue and nails.

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Or you could add some craftsman-style moldings like my mother did, if you really want to up the architectural interest factor.

6. Paint Stripes

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Now we might really be stepping outside of some people’s ceiling decor comfort zone, but painting stripes on the ceiling really helps to bring some drama to the room.

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If you like a lot of color, bright stripes work well, too, like my mother did in her kitchen.  They immediately make the whole room feel very cheerful.

7. Paint The Ceiling Gingham Or Plaid

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Another geometric ceiling design option is to go with gingham checks or plaid.  This is a little more time-consuming than stripes but you definitely end up with a dramatic ceiling!

I painted blue gingham checks to go with the French Country vibe in the first version of my master bathroom makeover.

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And my mother painted a plaid ceiling in her living room. I guess it must run in the family 🙂

8. Paint a Starburst Pattern

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via Traditional Home

When I was planning my home office makeover, my original idea was to do a ceiling pattern something like this.

Unfortunately, I ran out of time in the One Room Challenge and didn’t get to this part of the project.  But it makes such a statement that it is still on my to-do list!

9. Wallpaper The Ceiling

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Installing wallpaper on the ceiling is a little bit of a challenge, but the results can be stunning!

In this room, painting the wall color up onto the ceiling and then adding the wallpaper in the middle helps to make the ceiling feel taller than it is.

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Of course, you can always go with a more subdued pattern if you prefer a more understated look, like my mother did in her bedroom.

10. Install Faux-Tin Ceiling Tiles

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Don’t feel like painting the ceiling? Tin look-a-like styrofoam tiles can be glued to most surfaces. Yes, even popcorn!

Even better? It is also really easy to install faux tin tiles and most standard sized rooms only take a few hours to complete.

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Now if I can only find the time to get that starburst pattern done in my office!!

And hopefully, you have found some ceiling decorating inspiration of your own!

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4 Responses

  • Wanda, many thanks for this post! I’m getting ready to paint my living room, and have been agonizing over the ceiling. Now, I think I know what I’m going to do. The l/r will be a bright sunshiny yellow, as it opens into my d/r-kit, the same color. The fireplace & wall (farthest away from kit) will be a cobalt blue to match the kitchen counters, and I think I’ll put a border around the ceiling of the cobalt, with thin molding and center the same sunshiny yellow. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Hi Lenora…that sounds stunning! I love blue and yellow together. It’s such a cheerful color combination. And I think putting a border around the ceiling to tie the colors together is genius! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I have a living room/dining room (27’x11′) painted a butter yellow with a medium yellow/green ceiling with brown/green furniture and dining set. The browns and greens with warm yellow is amazing. I get tons of compliments. Great idea, thank you for this info, even though I did the opposite.

    • Thanks, Tonya! Your living room sounds beautiful! I think adding color to the ceiling always makes a room more interesting 🙂

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