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Best Wallpaper for Statement Ceilings

Things are looking up for homeowners wanting to be more daring with their home décor in 2018 – the hottest way to use wallpaper this year is on the ceiling!

Searches for ‘statement ceilings’ are on the up (Pinterest reported a 310% increase in saved pins for this subject), and where the idea of introducing pattern on the ceiling can seem scary, it’s actually a really easy look to achieve with wallpaper.  

Take a top-down approach to decorating with six looks for ceilings to shout about.

Look #1. Bold Tiled Ceiling

Ceiling tiles’ may throw up the notion of crumbling tiles in a neglected classroom corner, but ‘tired tiles’ are getting a revamp.  The key to this look is to ‘BE BOLD’ – a daring monochromatic wallpaper can transform a white living space from ordinary to incredible.

Tiled-effect paper with ‘tribal’ or ‘Moroccan’ influence is really on-trend this year. A word of warning though, keep walls plain and floors even plainer to avoid creating an overbearing ‘pattern sandwich’.

Best wallpaper to ‘get the look’:

Muriva Aztec Diamond Wallpaper

Arthouse Brasilia Tiled Effect Wallpaper

Rasch Ceramic Tile

Look #2: Patterned Ceiling

Graphic geometric or trellis designs look fantastic on the ceiling. A paper with a touch of sparkle will catch the light and illuminate darker rooms; dazzling in every sense of the word. Use subtle colours if the ceiling is low to stop the room from feeling top-heavy.

Wallpaper to get the look:

Holden Metallic Pembrey Stripe Wallpaper, Holden Geometric Sequin Wallpaper, Erismann Fascination Geometric Wallpaper

Look #3:  Wooden Ceiling  

Exposed beams are on the wish list for many homeowners. For those who aren’t blessed with original features or the budget to install an all-wood ceiling, wallpaper is an affordable way to give the impression of real wood. There are all sorts of realistic looks from traditional timbers and distressed driftwood to gnarled and natural tree bark or woodblock surfaces. 

White with dark wood is a classic combination or for those craving colour, try subtle weathered blue or warmer red tones.

Wallpaper to get the look:

Rasch Authentic Wood Beam Wallpaper, AS Creation Distressed Driftwood Panel , Rasch Textured Tree Bark, Rasch Realistic Tree Bark , Muriva Bluff Wood Blocks

Look #4: Cross Borders and Merge Boundaries

Striped wallpaper continued across walls and ceiling makes a room appear taller as it’s harder for the eye to pick out where the wall ends, and the ceiling begins. 

An alternative to wallpapering all surfaces is to take a wide panel of patterned wallpaper up one wall and across the ceiling to create a bedroom canopy. A vine-like flowing floral design without an obvious ‘right way up’ will work best.  Or get an edgier ‘industrial’ look with a 3D metallic trellis paper.

Best wallpaper to recreate this look:

Arthouse Capriate Floral Wallpaper Grandeco Marino Floral Pattern, Iron Trellis Wallpaper

Look #5: Tonal Scheme

Pick a vibrant patterned paper (either on all walls or as a feature wall) and pull the look together with a flat block of the same colour on the ceiling.  Paint is great but to cover imperfections use a plain, textured wallpaper. A coloured paper with a “sheen” also looks ‘glamazing!

Wallpaper to get the look:

P&S International Striped Wallpaper Rasch Faux Tile Wallpaper Holden Sparkle Star Wallpaper Arthouse Sophie Conran Balustrade Wallpaper

Look #6: Metallic Ceiling 

“Raise the roof with a glamourous, gilded ceiling!”

Wallpaper to get the look:


Marburg Lyra Textured Wallpaper, P&S International GMK Damask Swirl Wallpaper, Piedmont Stone Effect