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13 Low-Budget Ceiling Ideas That Make a Huge Impact

The ceiling is also known as the 5th wall and most people don’t do anything but slap up a coat of paint. Today I am sharing low-budget ceiling ideas that will make a huge impact on the overall design of your home!

There are so many treatments you can do to your ceiling to create a focal point in your room. By adding to your ceiling you really draw the eye up and make the room feel bigger than it really is.

What are some ceiling ideas you can do that are low-budget and totally DIY friendly?

  1. Paint – Adding something other than white is a great low-budget way to add style to a space. And it’s probably the easiest way to add interest.
  2. Wallpaper – This is another tried and true way to add some character to your room. It’s also inexpensive because you will only be doing one wall.
  3. Add beams – This is a wonderful way to draw the eye up. You can go full-on rustic or very sophisticated, whatever your style is.
  4. Drop Ceiling Tiles – This is popular in basements. The dropping of the ceiling allows for the ductwork to be hidden and you can really add some character by getting creative with the tiles.
  5. Add a Tin Ceiling – You don’t need to do a drop ceiling to add tin. You can buy brand new ones and install them, buy new ones and give them an aged look, or go to a salvage company and search for old tin ceiling tiles.
  6. Add a mural – Murals are great for bedroom ceilings, especially in kid’s rooms. When you lay in bed you can look at the ceiling and it can be very relaxing.
  7. You can add texture to a ceiling by adding a plaster look. This makes your ceiling look as if it was from a very old house.
  8. Add a faux finish – Faux Finishes were very popular in the 90s and they have been making a bit of a comeback. Putting a faux finish on the ceiling can really add a lot of character to a room.
  9. Coffered Ceiling – A coffered ceiling is a process of creating boxes on your ceiling in the form of beams. This is a very craftsman look and very beautiful.
  10. Add molding – Molding can create a very unique look. There are hundreds of different types of moldings so you can add exactly what you want to get a look all your own.
  11. Beadboard – Adding beadboard to the ceiling gives it a subtle texture that won’t compete with other focal points in the room. If you want to you can even paint it a different color than white to give it extra pizazz.
  12. Fabric – You can add fabric directly to the ceiling or you can drape it for a fun look.
  13. Add tongue and groove boards – The most popular of these types of boards is shiplap. Adding shiplap can give you a modern farmhouse feel which is very on-trend.

Ceiling Ideas in Real Life

Now that we have gone over some ideas of what you can put on your ceiling let’s look at some examples of the 5th wall in real-life homes.

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I hope you are inspired to do a special treatment to your ceiling. You can totally DIY it and have it not break the bank! Which one are you going to try?

Six different low-budget ceiling ideas with text overlay.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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