Every designer knows that the fifth wall is a key element in a design scheme. Here, we share some of our favorite spaces featuring statement ceilings, from unexpected blue lacquer to rustic beams.
The walls and ceiling in a Chinese salon in the Old Town of Seville, Spain, are covered in a custom hand-painted silver-gilt paper. The space, designed by Spanish architect and interior decorator Amaro Sánchez de Moya, is outfitted with a Regency-style chandelier that was purchased at a Paris flea market along with custom sofas in a Nobilis velvet and a Gastón y Daniela damask.
The ceiling of a sunroom in a Beverly Hills home is draped in a Rogers & Goffigon linen. The custom sofa features an ikat stripe by Slightly East, a vintage Flemming Lassen armchair purchased at Sotheby’s, and a Louis XV chair upholstered in an Old World Weavers silk-linen. The vintage cocktail table is by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne. The collage (top right) is by Edoardo Menini.
A study in a northern New Jersey mansion has a deep grayish-blue high-gloss coffered ceiling that complements the walls, which are paneled with custom-made brass grilles.
For an inviting, rustic home in the Hamptons, James Huniford opted for uniform ceiling beams for architectural interest. All white adds a modern touch to the 1910 property, which includes this multifunctional loft-like area.
A silver-leafed barrel-vault ceiling makes a statement in an Orem, Utah, home designed by Alice Lane Home Collection. The burnished silver leaf pendants are by , and the custom zebrawood table seats 14.
A pop of gold adds drama to a blue lacquer ceiling in a Manhattan home designed by Kelly Behun.
In a sunny Capri villa, the dining room features a custom-made ceiling fixture by . The chairs are by , the dining table is by Patricia Urquiola for and the floor lamps are by .
An ornate, circular molding rounds out the room in this New York Hudson Valley home, decorated by . The 18th-century English Chippendale sofa and George II-style antique library chairs are covered in a damask.
The ceiling is intricately hand-painted by Florentine artisans and the walls are lined with framed dried flowers in this nature-inspired Swiss villa. The stool is wrought iron, the cocktail table was made in Florence and the birdcages suspended from the ceiling are 19th-century.
In a Paris apartment belonging to a Middle Eastern princess, the media room's striped ceiling echoes the striped wallpaper by and the curtains of a fabric by . The cocktail table, armchairs and rug are all custom designs, and the sofa is by .
With the help of designer Kelly Behun, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner covered the ceiling of their Upper East Side apartment nursery with a wallpaper. The armchair and dresser are by , the mohair throw is by Susan Chalom and the mirror is by .
In the nursery of a Southampton beach house, the ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in and . The wood blinds are painted in Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo in ; the 1980s table is by Milo Baughman, the 1960s fiberglass chairs are Italian and the carpet is by .
In a landmarked San Francisco home, the stunning dining room walls and ceiling showcase a hand-painted mural. The limestone dining table is by Michael Taylor, and the chairs—also by Michael Taylor—are upholstered in a cowhide by . The French chandelier is from .
This San Francisco home designed by features a master bedroom with ceiling plaster tracery that's custom-made. The canopy is made with 18th-century velvet panels and the bed is dressed with linens.
An opulent Park Avenue apartment's dining room boasts a ceiling finished in gold leaf and a Baroque-style chandelier from . The English dining table is circa 1910, the 1940s console is by Jacques Adnet and the curtains are of a silk by .
The dotted ceiling of this Houston home's dining room adds even more playfulness to the already-colorful space. The dining room tables, chairs and sideboard are George III, the walls are covered in a glazed linen and the trim is painted in a mix of Benjamin Moore and .
This dreamy home inspired by Grey Gardens enchants with a living room ceiling inset with a felt paper by and accented with the same high gloss blue as the walls. The sofas are by and are upholstered in a printed linen.
In this East Hampton family room, the ceiling is covered in a grass cloth by . The curtains are of a fabric, the abaca rug is by and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's .
In an earthy Mexican treehouse, the ceilings are paneled in walnut. The living room's sofa, ottoman and chairs are by Maxalto, and the cocktail table and circular side table are by .
A London townhouse boasts a dining room ceiling painted by Isabelle Day. The vintage chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto surround a 1970s Paul Evans table. The pendant light is by .
Benjamin Moore's covers the ceiling of this dining room in a New York Apartment, pairing pleasantly with the bookshelves painted in . The circa-1820 Regency dining table is a family heirloom and the chairs were found on .
Delicate molding covers the ceiling of this English estate's library, which also boasts a desk that originally belonged to the owner's grandfather.
This personality-filled Greenwich village penthouse has a master bath with walls and ceiling covered in dramatic red. The tile and sink are original, while the ceiling light is by the and the etchings are by .
The foyer of a beautiful Oakland home has walls painted in and a contrasting ceiling painted in , both by . The kilim is vintage and the ceiling light is by .