text by Jenny Komenda
Adding wallpaper to your ceiling, rather than your walls, creates an eye-catching (and budget-conscious) detail for any room.
Wallpaper can make a big impact on your walls, but it can also dramatically lift a room when placed only on the ceiling, drawing the eye skyward and creating a calming space overall. An added perk is that this designer’s trick is budget-friendly. Typically a wallpaper installer will charge a few hundred dollars to hang paper on the ceiling of a standard-size room—which is a fraction of the usual cost to paper four walls. The secret to finding this winning combination? Choose a paint color that really complements the wallpaper using this no-fail formula: Draw out a hue you like in the print by selecting a paint in a shade darker or lighter. If your paper leans more neutral, consider an extra-vibrant color that will really make the pattern pop.
Pairing marble with a gray-pink softens the look.
Bain De Minuit in Jais by Christian Lacroix + Wild Aster by Benjamin Moore
A moody blue-green is the perfect match for stripes.
Closet Stripe in 360 by Farrow & Ball + Opera Glasses by Behr
Mint green goes with oranges and reds, or black and white.
Birds and Butterfliesin Multi on White by Schumacher + Arsenic by Farrow & Ball
Dark green against a chic botanical looks stunning overhead.
Raphaël in Dark Blue by Daniel Långelid + Essex Green by Benjamin Moore