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4 Creative Ceiling Designs to Take Your Kitchen to the Next Level

When we think about how a room’s four walls can add to the ambiance, it’s common practice to focus on wall features like paint color, wallpaper, or adding fun décor like paintings or shelving. But beyond a room’s four walls, there’s actually a fifth component that is often overlooked and needs to be considered from a design perspective: the ceiling.

In any kitchen, or really any room in general, the ceiling is no longer a neutral area. Instead, kitchen ceilings present a special opportunity to add more style and character to the space. 

Whether you decide to incorporate architectural elements, or you opt for a ceiling design that’s beautified by tiles or bold color, there are countless ways to take your kitchen ceiling to the next level. Ultimately, the design you choose for your kitchen ceiling will depend on your personal style, the size and layout of the space, and your target budget.

To help you narrow down the options, here are our favorite design ideas for kitchen ceilings that are sure to deliver that coveted “wow” factor. 

Large white kitchen with tray ceiling over the island.

Tray Ceilings

Tray ceilings are a type of ceiling design that features a recessed central panel, which is surrounded by a raised border. This design instantly adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space, providing extra depth and visual interest. 

The added dimension of the ceiling can make the entire space feel taller and much more spacious, which is usually the main reason why people choose to incorporate this architectural feature. Plus, the recessed center panel of the tray ceiling offers the perfect opportunity to install accent lighting, such as pendant lighting, recessed lighting, or a stunning chandelier. 

White kitchen with white tin tile all over the ceiling.

Tin Tile Ceilings

If you’re aiming for a one-of-a-kind kitchen ceiling that looks like a work of art in its own right, then turning to tin tiles to give your “fifth wall” its own personality may be the best choice. Tin tile ceilings are growing in popularity in kitchens for many reasons, not least of which is their distinctive aesthetic charm. After all, who doesn’t love to look up and see a shiny, sparkling vista? 

From classic designs to more modern interpretations, tin tiles can fit with virtually any established style and come in a range of intricate patterns and finishes. On a technical level, they are very durable and can withstand moisture and heat. 

Cozy kitchen with light wood exposed beams and pendant lights.

Exposed Beams

For kitchens that reflect a Scandinavian, rustic, or farmhouse style, exposed wooden beams on the ceiling can break up a flat ceiling and draw the eye upwards, completing the space with an added layer of visual intrigue. Exposed beams can be installed in a variety of configurations, from simple straight beams to more complex designs with intersecting beams, like a cross stitch. 

You can achieve the look using real wood beams, which can be heavy and rather expensive, or with faux wood beams known as “box beams.” Either way, the natural wood texture and grain of the beams will inherently create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, driving home a look and feel that’s organic and reflective of the great outdoors. 

Cozy kitchen diner with dramatic wallpaper on the ceiling.

Wallpapered Ceilings 

Requiring no real remodeling whatsoever, the final option we love for kitchen ceilings is to coat the entire area in exciting wallpaper. Wallpapering a ceiling is probably the most cost-effective way to add interest and style to your kitchen, especially compared to other options that might require a contractor. 

With the right tools and basic DIY skills, you can easily install wallpaper on a ceiling in a weekend’s time or less. Ceiling wallpaper not only allows you to integrate your favorite color, print, or pattern to the kitchen’s “fifth wall,” but it will instantly uplift and freshen up the space. When it comes to wallpaper, there’s really no reason not to experiment with something vivacious and vibrant, so have fun with it!

Looking for more ways to spruce up your kitchen this year? Check out these additional kitchen trends for 2023.


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