The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel -- far more decorative than most home ceilings

The ceiling is the top of a room. Ceilings don't usually support the structure.

Most ceilings are white and relatively plain. Some ceilings have light fixtures, molding, exposed beams, textured paint or plaster. Ceilings tend to be more difficult to paint than walls or floors, so people are often a bit cautious about pointing the ceiling a non-neutral color. However a colored ceiling can add a dramatic flavor and richness to the decor of the room.

Larger, older homes tend to have higher ceilings. And some people use tricks with the window treatments to make the windows appear taller and the ceilings higher.

Green ceiling

a dark green ceiling with contrasting white hanging light fixture base


Ceilings can be made of multiple different materials, like

  • acoustic tile
  • plaster
  • gypsum
  • tin
  • wood, or reclaimed wood for decorative beams
  • laminated veneer lumber (LVL) (can be used for beams that can support weight)
  • foam (for molding decorations)
  • faux wood beams made from polyurethane moldings

Some ways that ceiling can be decorated include paint, lighting, plaster textures, exposed contrasting beams and molding. Ceilings can also be used for hanging some decorations or appliances, such as ceiling fans, chandeliers. Textured ceilings pop balloons.

Electric Candles

ceiling with exposed beams and electric "candles"


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