Spotlight On The Most Strikingly Designed Ceilings

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Last week, we spotlighted a space designed by an untrained designer, a woman who champions a democratic approach to the decorating of spaces. I don’t know about you, but her New York City townhouse had me more convinced than ever that one can get a hell of a long way with the ruling mantra “pick what you like best and put it in your house and it’ll look great.”

There’s a line, though, that separates hobbyist from professional, and as of this week, I have decided that line is a ceiling.

I want to know who among us, lacking any sort of formal design training, has thought to crane their neck backwards to utter the words, “Let’s really elevate the look of this ceiling.” Seriously, if that’s you, pipe up so we can all applaud your impressive know-how.

As for me, I can’t claim ever to have considered a ceiling ripe with stylist potential, beyond it being the sometimes-home to overhead lighting. 

But hey, you can really do a lot with ceilings, it seems! 

Painting, and molding, and shiplap, and you go give everyone who visits a crick in their necks, Glen Coco.

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by Shelton, Mindel & Associates; Photography by Joshua McHugh

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by House Of Jade Interiors; Photography by Lindsey Orton

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Page Mullins and Holly Williams via Country Living

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by Kelly Deck

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by Orac Decor

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by Tamara Magel

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

Design by A Beautiful Mess

If adorning our actual ceilings is too daunting for us mere design mortals, we might still be empowered enough to select a light fixture that throws the pattern we aren’t brave enough to put on our ceilings, on our ceilings. 

Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

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Striking ceiling designs to inspire your inner design nerd.

ELLE Decoration, April 2015; photography by Giorgio Possenti via

That’s all I wrote for this week, family.

It’s almost the weekend, though, which means it’s a prime opportunity for you to get your closet editing on with the help of the Live Simply Closet Edit Masterclass. Go sign up and join the fun. (People are having fun, I swear.) 

2 thoughts on “Spotlight On The Most Strikingly Designed Ceilings

  1. Leanne

    It’s been a while since I wrote to tell you how much I appreciate your efforts (I’ve had right and left knees replaced in the past 4 months), and this lovely and inspiring portfolio of ceilings made me smile and gave me pause for thought. So yes, now I probably will be developing a crick in my neck as I consider what might be done to liven up some ceilings in my house. In general, then, many thanks — and specifically thank you for lightening up a pretty grey day. Keep it up, Annie! (And by the way, your post about saving (aka hoarding) receipts was wonderful!)

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    1. Annie Post author

      Leanne!! I think this is what they mean when they saying “paying the pied piper.” Or maybe not at all? What actually does that even mean??
      Scratch that. I think this is what they mean when they say “love” and “there really ARE wonderfully kind people in the world.” “etc etc.”
      This completely unprompted expression of appreciation is invaluable to me. I cherish your words. And will now add them into my file that’s called (not kidding) “KEEP BLOGGING.”
      THANK YOU PAL.
      Also, let’s work on no more joint replacements, yes? I hope you are recovering with a staggering speed, and that henceforth a neck crick shall be the most serious medical condition you experience!
      xoxoxooxo

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