The ceiling is usually a neglected space in room design, but it certainly shouldn’t be. Why settle? With the right wallpaper or shade of paint (and a little inspiration), your ceiling makes a stunning statement.  Here’s 20 of our favorite standout ceilings.

Pretty patterns

There’s 3 ways to achieve the patterned effect of the ceiling shown above: stencil the pattern on, hire an artist to create the effect, or use wallpaper. Image: SB Architects

Dining under a floral-patterned ceiling is like enjoying an springtime picnic under a garden canopy.  Image: Laura U Design

This whimsical, marble-patterned ceiling proves that kids’ rooms and color go hand in hand. Image: Copper Gyer Design

A custom, abstract ceiling pattern adds a touch of edge to this boy’s bedroom, while tying the room’s colors together perfectly. Image: Laura U Design

A monochromatic, mocha tile pattern brings balance to this vibrant entryway. Image: In Sight Designs

Lattice-patterned paper adds a delicate touch to this nursery’s sky-blue painted ceiling. Image: Fresh Start Contracting

Black and indigo painted ceiling ideas

The black wall paint repeats on the ceiling, creating a warm and intimate dining area. Image: Jonathan Calvert

A deep navy ceiling caps off this room’s nautical theme, warming up what would otherwise be a stark white space. Image: Amy Trowman Design

A painted black ceiling mirrors the dark hardwood floors in this modern urban space. Image: Charmean Neithart Interiors

Striped ceilings

Black and white stripes on the bedroom ceiling make this modern living space appear larger. Image: M/I Homes

Erupting from the center of the room, a starburst gives this nursery an expansive sense of space. Image: Red Egg Design Group

Bold-colored painted ceilings

A warm, sunny yellow adds cheer to the open floor plan of this Mid Century Modern bungalow. Image: Mihaly Slocomb

The aqua ceiling coordinates with the curtains to sweep the eye upwards. Image: Lisa Michael Interiors

An interesting way to mix things up: paint the walls white and celebrate the ceiling with color. Image: Peel Paulson Design Studio

A bold fuchsia painted ceiling is a perfectly lovely touch for a little girl’s bedroom. Image: Alicia Weaver Design

Add flair to a ceiling by painting the molding white, and the rest of the area in a contrasting color. Image: Kirsten Floyd Interior Design

A sky-blue ceiling brightens up any kitchen. Image: Rikki Snyder

Grey painted ceiling ideas

A rich, grey ceiling adds sophistication to this dining room, creating the perfect backdrop for a stunning chandelier. Image: Dalliance Design

The ceiling in this bedroom picks up the same grey cargo tone of the lounge chair in the corner. Image: Refined Custom Homes

This homeowner divides an open living area and kitchen by painting the kitchen’s ceiling a rich grey. Image: Saga Construction

Now that you’ve seen some of these sublime ceilings, think about that big expanse over your head differently! Paint or wallpaper the surface to add something new and different to any room.