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Dazzling Decorating Ideas to Make Your Ceiling Soar

Often ignored and left unadorned, ceilings hang overhead like a blank canvas waiting for your personal touch. Using pattern, texture, color and architectural details, your ceiling can become the focal point of a room or yet another interior space where you can let decorating abilities shine.

Let’s look at some dazzling ideas for decorative ceilings that you can use to transform your ceiling from a plain, flat surface into a canopy of beauty.

Draw the Eyes Upward with Personalized Decorative Ceiling Tiles

Visually expand your ceiling height with textured effects that draw the eyes upward. Tin Look™ Paintable Ceiling Tiles feature subtle embossed patterns on a white background, ready for you to paint. Add the perfect finishing touch by selecting a paint color that complements your décor or capture a shimmery effect with pearlescent paint. Add a hint of contrast by painting crown molding a darker shade or leaving it white.

Another trick to disguise a low room is painting the ceiling tiles the same color as the walls – only two or three shades lighter. This creates a tall sweep of color that makes the room appear more spacious and open. A good color guideline is to use the same paint swatch card for the wall color and the ceiling, but choose a lighter shade for the ceiling.

Recreate a turn-of-the-century feeling with a metallic finish on your Tin Look Paintable Ceiling tiles. Try a metallic paint with special patina solutions to instantly age your ceiling tiles, giving them the warmth and comfort of a bygone era.

For another great way to get the look of authentically aged ceiling tiles, start with a base coat of dark rusty brown paint in a flat finish. Apply a crackling solution and let it dry according to the instructions. Then apply a warm creamy color overall to your Tin Look Paintable Ceiling Tiles, being careful not to over-brush the paint. As the topcoat dries, the crackling solution splits the paint, revealing the captivating look of a cracked, rusted ceiling tile.

Antique Decorative Tin Ceilings Are Still on Trend Today

A dazzling ceiling idea that will never lose its luster is an authentic metal ceiling! Metallaire decorative ceilings from Armstrong reproduce the exquisite and intricate historic tin ceilings of the late 1800s. Available in 12 traditional patterns and several metal finishes plus paintable white, these tiles make a unique visual statement.

For a customized look, frame your room with Metallaire paintable white cornice strips that have been gently distressed in black or metallic gold paint. To get this look, apply an earthy red primer to the white cornice strips. Next, top them with black or metallic gold paint using a dry brush technique where a very small amount of paint is applied to the bristles and the brush is dragged in long strokes lengthwise across the cornice strips. Continue this process until the undercoat barely peeks through. To complete the look, rub brown furniture wax or brush a light layer of burnt umber glaze over the top for an antique effect.

Get more dazzling decorating ideas for ceiling tiles by visiting the Armstrong DIY Center video library. Remember, when decorating ceiling tiles, follow all painting instructions and protect surrounding surfaces from splatters and spills.

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