By Jenny Komenda

Published on September 13, 2016

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

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.

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Pairing marble with a gray-pink softens the look.

Bain De Minuit in Jais by Christian Lacroix + Wild Aster by Benjamin Moore

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A moody blue-green is the perfect match for stripes.

Closet Stripe in 360 by Farrow & Ball + Opera Glasses by Behr

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Mint green goes with oranges and reds, or black and white. 

Birds and Butterfliesin Multi on White by Schumacher + Arsenic by Farrow & Ball

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Dark green against a chic botanical looks stunning overhead.

Raphaël in Dark Blue by Daniel Långelid + Essex Green by Benjamin Moore