Inexpensive ceiling covering ideas

Written by julie thompson | 13/05/2017
Inexpensive ceiling covering ideas
Liven up a plain ceiling with an inexpensive covering. (Getty creative)

Why should dentist offices have all the fun? Putting a personal decorating stamp on your ceilings is easier and less expensive than you may realise. Below are ways to add colour, texture and personality with a few simple materials and techniques. They're divided into skill levels, but other than a mural, they're all doable by even a novice decorator.


Inexpensive ceiling covering ideas
Paint, stencils and murals add drama to ceilings. (Clown Fish on a Mural image by Empath from

Paint is one of the most inexpensive decorating techniques available, and there are plenty of ways to use it beyond the walls.

Skill Level 1: Paint the ceiling a different colour than the walls and say goodbye to the white ceiling doldrums. A darker shade adds drama and works well in a foyer. A light blue ceiling mimics the outdoors---perfect for a play space.

Skill Level 2: Stencil a border motif around the ceiling edge instead of the wall to create dimension and draw the eye upward. Stencils can be simple, one-color designs or more elaborate; so, choose a design that matches your skill level. A flat-bristled stencil brush is worth the small investment to get a professional look.

Skill Level 3: Murals, when done well, create a high-end look that transforms a room. If you or someone you know has the artistic ability, consider your ceiling a canvas and display a masterpiece.


Inexpensive ceiling covering ideas
Fabric and scarves create a bohemian effect. (ceiling in the bellagio hotel image by Blu-Mu from

Enlist the help of window coverings to create an innovative ceiling look.

Skill Level 1: Use fabric to create a bohemian mood. Screw four small hooks in the centre of the ceiling, or around the perimeter of an overhead light fixture, in alignment with the centre of each wall. Next, screw one small hook into the middle of each wall (measure first), as close to the ceiling as possible. Attach one end of a long scarf or piece of inexpensive fabric to the centre hook and the other end to the wall hook. Repeat with the three other sides.

Skill Level 2: If you can find bamboo blinds on sale or at a yard sale, attach them directly to the ceiling with a staple gun. This works best for rooms without bay windows or other irregular ceilings so there's no cutting to fit odd spaces. A similar paint colour under the blinds gives a more professional finish.


Inexpensive ceiling covering ideas
Map out your ceiling with travel inspiration. (Map image by Stephen VanHorn from

No need to wear the paper glasses. Create dimension by hanging inexpensive objects from the ceiling. You're only limited by your imagination!

Skill Level 1: Use tacks to cover the ceiling with maps. If you don't have a stash of old maps, find some on their own or in used atlases at yard sales. Don't be a perfectionist here. Overlap to create a collage effect. Drop a matchbox car or small aeroplane on a short string from the cities you hope to visit.

Skill Level 2: Create an allover mobile for a nursery or toddler's room by hanging boldly-coloured, geometric shapes at various heights. Cut the shapes from poster board and face the surface towards the floor. Thread fishing line through the centre of the shape, and secure with a bead or piece of clear tape. Attach the other end of the line to small hooks or tacks in the ceiling. For older children, use glitter stars or CDs, and don't worry about the shapes facing the floor.

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