Statement Ceilings: This is the design trend of  the year, with Pinterest reporting that searches for ‘statement ceilings’ are up 300%


For many centuries, a statement ceiling was the ultimate luxury accessory.

Having fallen out of fashion by the 1940’s, the post-war modernist look was in and reigned for decades.

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But now the statement ceiling is back. Let’s take a look at how you could achieve this in your own home.


The modern-day look takes inspiration from the past – but don’t be fooled into thinking you have to have the Sistine Chapel look in your living room. This time around they’re to be created using bold prints, paint and wallpaper.

Painted Statement Ceiling

The quickest and easiest way to create the look, but beware of strong colours. If they have no light shining on them the paint will appear much darker. Unless you have very high ceilings and loads of natural light, the effect can make the room appear darker and smaller.

For white and cream walls, stick with pastel pinks, yellows and blues.

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Wallpapered Statement Ceiling


If you’re looking for a romantic feel, then the wallpapered ceiling could be the one for you. Scenic prints can work really well, as can metallic wallpapers, which really add to the glamour of a room.

Geometric patterns can also be used from walls upwards for a very decadent eye-catching look.

Muraled Statement Ceiling


The most expensive and time-consuming – you probably want to get the professionals in!

Tips for pulling this look off- go for a feeling rather than the literal. If you want the feeling of a sky, use ombrè, rather than fluffy clouds and blue skies. Think Impressionist.

Try not to copy well-known murals – the look can end up a little gauche. You don’t want your home to look like the Trafford Centre.

If you’re artistically inclined, why not design your mural yourself, and have a mural artist paint it for you?

Is It For You?


Statement ceilings aren’t for everyone, but you can change the look of a room quite dramatically by bypassing the traditional whites and creams. Something tonal with your walls can really transform your space without being too bold.


The ceiling, as they say, is the limit!

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