Wallpaper is a terrific way to add instant personality. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz in the design world about wallpapering your ceiling. The alluring patterns, colors and textures of wallpaper make it a perfect choice for adding an unexpected design element to your rooms.
Lombardia Amati wallpaper from Nina Campbell’s wallpaper collection.
Recently, a client of ours in the Calgary neighborhood of Elbow Park decided to wallpaper the ceiling and walls of her dining room. A coffered ceiling and a tall wainscoting detail wraps around the room. Since the wainscoting is so high, we opted to wallpaper the remaining walls and ceiling too. It will be elegant and interesting and I can hardly wait to see the final result. The wallpaper we chose is the one shown above by Nina Campbell. The silvery metallic background and gold geometric print will be the perfect thing to enliven this room!
Photograph courtesy of Spearmint Baby
This nursery by Rhoney Design is so precious and charming. Much of that is due to the yellow wallpaper a flutter with swallows. This paper is adorable on the ceiling, and really is the thing that makes this room.
Photograph courtesy of Simplified Bee
Suzanne Kasler is an extraordinarily gifted interior designer and one of my personal favorites. This foyer she designed sports lovely red and white wallpaper on the ceiling. Without this detail, the room would be bland and uninteresting. Since foyers are your first glimpse into your home it makes sense to do something bold and show off your personal style.
Photo courtesy of Design Crisis
This application is cheeky and fun! The combination of white, pink and black is youthful and unexpected. This black and white wallpaper would look lovely with many different wall colors. I especially like how the designer chose a pendant light whose shape is similar to the pattern on the paper. Very clever!
Photo courtesy of Country Living.
This simple geometric print is elegant in a foyer. Choosing a paper with a metallic background or print will sparkle up your ceiling when light is cast upon it.
Photo courtesy of Canadian House and Home
Here is another example of a simple geometric print on a bedroom ceiling. I like the idea of papering your bedroom ceiling. How delightful to look up to a pretty print!
These wallpapers would be marvelous on a ceiling too:
Herrick by Osborne and Little is available through interior designers.
Crown wallpaper represents this beautiful line from Ulf Moritz. It’s a hard to tell from the photo, but the paper is metallic and the pattern is created with tiny glass beads glued to the surface. In person, it is luminous and twinkles like starlight!
This elegant pattern is perfect for a dining room. Topkapi from Crown Wallpaper is also available through interior designers.
Imagine how dramatic a ceiling would be with this high contrast ribbon-like design by Cole and Sons called Sutherland Large Swirl. I would love to use it on a closet ceiling!
There are endless choices for striking wallpapers that would be appropriate for a ceiling application. Ceilings are often forgotten about, so instead of leaving them plain dress them up in rooms where you want to make a lot of impact, like a dining room, powder room or front entry. Also, think about using wallpaper on bedroom ceilings because they are the first and last thing you see every day (if you are a back sleeper of course!). If you are looking for a way to add some excitement to your rooms, think of wallpaper and look up!