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Check out these stylish ways you can make a feature of your ceiling and completely transform the look of your room
This dining room has been decorated fairly simply with white walls and floorboards, which makes the perfect foil for a ceiling of tin tiles. The metallic finish reflects the light and bounces it around the room for an airy feel.
A smooth metallic ceiling next to such bright white surfaces could have looked stark, but the choice of embossed tin tiles gives a warm, tactile feel and works well with the patterned rug below.
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Want to pep up a monochrome bathroom? How about contrasting black and white marble tiles with a striking purple ceiling? Here, the bright white and neutral elements in the room contrast brilliantly with the painted surface overhead.
The designers have chosen a matt paint for the ceiling to give an almost velvety look against the metallic pendant and glossy walls and fittings.
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Here’s another painted ceiling, but this time the designers have gone for a gloss finish rather than matt. The effect is dramatically different, as it gives an opulent feel to the room. The chandelier helps to elevate the space even more, and will cast plenty of light around the glossy surface.
For added luxury, the sheen on the ceiling has been replicated with other smooth materials, such as satin, polished metal and faux fur.
Wood is a beautifully natural way to give your ceiling an edge, and it can be used in different ways for a variety of effects. Here, the designers have chosen thin timber slats for a contemporary look that adds warmth to the sleek, white kitchen, plastic and metal stools, and modern lighting.
A false ceiling like this has the added benefit of providing an easy surface for adding lighting – here they’ve fitted LED spotlights as well as pendants.
The ceiling in this calm space is timber, too, but this time the panels are wider. The look is slightly softer than the narrow slats, and works well in this room, as it replicates the floorboards below and on the adjacent terrace.
A long line of wooden panels like this helps to lead the eye along the room, creating a feeling of movement in an otherwise plain space.
For an even more creative approach to wood panelling on your ceiling, try this beautiful idea. The designers have laid a stepped hexagonal pattern in bold black wood. It looks stunning against the brilliant white walls, and even more spectacular is the way it echoes the shape of the wooden floor below. The design is quite complex, but the effect is simple and striking.
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If you’re keen to add an industrial touch to your home, try stripping back your ceiling to reveal the bare surface beneath it. The owners of this modern living room have exposed a textured finish that forms a striking contrast to the smooth walls and furniture.
The material here looks as if it’s concrete, but this idea would work just as well with an area of raw plaster. Don’t worry about imperfections in the finish, as this adds to the character of the room.
You don’t have to choose a bold shade or tactile material – you can make a big statement on your ceiling by using the same colour or finish as on the other surfaces in the room.
In this stunning bathroom, the designers have coated the walls with a Moroccan polished lime plaster called Tadelakt. If they’d stopped at the top of the walls and left the ceiling a standard white, it might not have had the same effect. Instead, the plaster continues up and over, creating a cave-like effect that embraces the whole space. Clever recessed lighting adds even more drama.
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