How many walls are there in a typical rectangular room in your home? Did you answer 4? You aren’t wrong, but you are missing a big design opportunity by only focusing on your eye level. The ceiling, which is also referred to as the fifth wall, can take your space from average to amazing with a little creativity. Ceilings are often overlooked, but we are thrilled that more people are paying attention to them in recent years. One of our clients recently added an abstract floral wallpaper on the ceiling of her informal dining room. It was a stunning transformation and it inspired us to share 5 of the decorative ceiling treatments we are loving right now…



Wood beams are a necessary structural element, but who says they can’t be pretty? The farmhouse trend brought exposed natural wood beams center stage in the design world, but beams can be a great addition to multiple architectural styles. They immediately make a room feel warmer and cozier. There are also great faux wood beam options on the market these days so it is easier and less expensive to bring this trend into your own home.



Adding patterned or textured wallpaper to the ceiling is such a surprise and delight. Plus, it’s a great way to show off your unique sense of style. Wallpaper works in virtually any room and with any design aesthetic. It can be a bold statement or a subtle addition to your space, and, by opting for the ceiling, you will also see less wear and tear.


Moldings and Trim

Most people immediately think of crown molding when it comes to ceiling molding. You can find crown molding in homes of all ages throughout Charlotte and you can’t go wrong with it. But, if you want to level up your ceiling game, there are additional choices that add amazing architectural interest. We are big fans of coffered ceilings, beadboard, and simple decorative trim, just to name a few.



Paint is the unsung hero of the design world. It is relatively inexpensive, but highly transformative. Buck the standard white ceiling and opt for a color instead. It’s an easy weekend project and you will be astounded by how it can really pull a design scheme together.


Lighting Installation

Every room needs overhead lighting so why not make it a focal point? Two birds, one stone. Whether it’s a sculptural chandelier or a contemporary lighting system, good lighting immediately elevates a room and draws the eye up. Plus, the price range for lighting options is vast so you can easily look for that statement piece that perfectly fits your budget.


Are you ready to tackle the fifth wall in your home? We would love to hear your decorative ceiling ideas in the comments below.


Cover Photo: Blackband Design