Ceiling Decor: Yeah, It’s a Thing Now

Consider the large, uninterrupted blank canvas that is your ceiling. Now channel your inner Michelangelo. That’s right, this “fifth wall,” as interior designers are calling it, can make a sty-lish impact when decorated in hues or patterns that complement a room’s furnishings.

Think paint, wallpaper and more.

We caught up with lifestyle expert, interior designer and TV personality Sabrina Soto after she renovated the small powder room in her Southern California home using BEHR Sparkling Emerald paint on the ceiling. Here, Soto offers three ceiling décor inspirations and also shares some tips and encouragement to help you tackle this design trend.



Q. What advice do you have for homeowners who are hesitant about choosing to add color to their walls, especially someplace somewhat unorthodox like a ceiling?

A. Paint is always my No. 1 renovation consideration. I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but it’s
dramatic. Give yourself three or so options and then get some samples. I paint pieces of samples of foamcore board and place them where I am thinking of painting as a way to test out the color without worrying about painting a strip of my wall. One thing to consider when picking colors for the ceiling is your space. For instance, I wouldn’t recommend using a dark color if you have short ceilings.

Q. You recently hosted a social media event in partnership with Santa Ana-based BEHR Paint. Do you enjoy answering questions and sharing advice with DIYers?

A. It’s been my passion since day one of being on HGTV to sort of hold someone’s hand through the design process. It can be so hard to make those decisions. Even white is not an easy color to pick out. I love helping people take that first step.



Q. How do you choose wallpaper that isn’t too busy? Do you have tips on selecting the right print or pattern for the ceiling?

A. I know it may sound too adventurous, but trust me. It’s an easy way to add interest to a space, and it’s a bit unexpected. Using wallpaper on your ceiling is also a lot less expensive than wallpapering an entire room but you still get bang for your buck, Soto recently wrote on her website. “Just like with paint, you can get wallpaper samples to see if the design is something you really love,” she added in an interview.



Q. Besides paint and wallpaper, what other suggestions do you have for transforming the look of a ceiling?

A. In our home, we have a lot of natural light that comes in through skylights. It’s the reason we bought the house, and it makes all the difference in the world. It creates a real happy vibe. If your house doesn’t already have skylights, you can have them installed, and design-wise it gives you a decoration that changes. Sometimes you see the night sky, or clouds or the sunset.”


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