Living Room Ceiling Design Ideas

Your ceiling doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, you can incorporate designs from the rest of the room into the ceiling, creating something that is very nearly a work of art. We’ve compiled a few ideas that may help you do something different and wonderful with your living room ceiling.

Slab Ceiling

This is a very modern trend, but you can take layered panels and arrange them around the room, including across the ceiling. These large panels overlap and create interesting shapes, and they are perfect for adding some really interesting ambiance to your room, especially when you combine them with moody lighting. A slab ceiling can take just about any shape you want it to, so there’s lots of room here for you to go wild and try something no one has ever done before. Just make sure you visualize your plan before you put it into motion so you don’t end up with a design you dislike.


An inset ceiling structure takes some cues from classical Thai architecture and design. It creates a massive focal point in the middle of the ceiling, and that can really tie the room together and create a sense of additional space in there. Using recessed lighting to frame the inset portion of the ceiling can add a modern touch to a traditional style, creating what is known as a fusion of the new and the old. That’s one of our favourite ways to go with these classical styles, as you don’t want your living room to feel antiquated.

Patterned Ceiling

There is no reason why your ceiling has to be monotone, but that doesn’t mean you should go for polka dots or tie dye looks. Instead, consider a patterned ceiling, where a grand design encompasses the entire space, creating a spiral, rays, rings or other large-scale designs that add a sense of splendour to the room. Be sure to examine the way the ceiling patterns work with the other aspects of your living room. You don’t want them to clash or be incongruous. You may even want an interior designer to give your idea a second opinion before you go ahead with it, since ceiling patterns, while bold, and stylish, can also be risky.


You can also turn a flat ceiling into a textured one. A rippled design, or something resembling sand or earth with natural grooves and crevices, can be visually striking. You’ll want to be careful about the kind of lighting you choose for the room though. Too much lighting can make your ceiling’s textures practically disappear. Or if you put in too little light, the shadows will be so deep as to take away the dramatic effect from the textures. So plan your lighting accordingly to ensure you get the most out of your unique ceiling design.