How To Decorate Sloped Ceilings

Updated February 21, 2017

You can decorate the sloped ceilings in your room with paint, wallpaper and fabric. Accentuate the slope with colour that contrasts with the other walls in your room and even with nearby furniture. Create a cosy space with soft fabric from the ceiling to the floor. You can even offer wisdom and inspiration with a hand painted verse along the sloped borders. Highlight the details of your ceiling or blend it into the room with these decorative solutions.

Emphasise a sloped ceiling with paint colour that grabs your attention while coordinating with your room's decor. Embrace the architectural detail of the slope with borders around window and base trims, as well as vertically in the corners. Hang wallpaper borders or paint on stripes or use decorative stencils. To paint, measure and tape off the width of your stripe or template around the perimeter of the sloped ceiling and any window trims. Run painter's tape around the trim and the ceiling to protect them from the paint. Paint along using your template or stencil, being careful to remove any paint that might be on it before reapplying to the wall. Remove all of the tape before the paint dries.

Call attention to the unusual dimensions of the room by stencilling quotations or inspirational messages in the centre of the wall or around the borders. Measure and mark off the height of your letters for each line of verse. Tape your letter or word stencils between the measurements, dab on acrylic paint with a stencil brush and remove the stencils.

Decorate the sloped ceilings around your dormer window with a paint colour that contrasts with any furniture you place in the space. For example, paint the sloped ceilings in lighter shades if the small table beneath the window is stained or painted in dark, rich colours. For white or light coloured furniture, paint the sloped ceilings darker to accentuate the furniture.

Cover a ceiling that slopes to the floor with fabric. Cut lengths of fabric the height of your sloped ceiling and staple it to the ceiling with a staple gun. Begin your second and successive fabric strips by placing the strip face down on top of the strip before it. Hang your loose fabric with staples in each corner. Staple along the vertical edge where the fabric overlaps. Remove the staple from the left corner and fold the fabric over and your staples will be hidden. Cover the staples along the perimeter with cording or ribbon you can attach with hot glue.


Select wide fabrics to minimise the seams on a fabric covered ceiling slope.


Never leave a hot glue gun unattended.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Measuring tape, pencil
  • Wallpaper borders
  • Stencil
  • Painter's tape
  • Stencil brush
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Fabric and staple gun
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.