A common forgotten space in most rooms is the ceiling. There are many ways to be visual interest to this often neglected surfaces. One of the easiest is to simply paint them anything other than white. You can paint a contrasting color, an accent color, or even the same color as the walls. You could also paint patterns or designs.
Another great way to get pattern and designs on the ceiling is to use wallpaper. While this can be a little more expensive, it probably wouldn’t take half as long as stenciling a pattern onto the ceiling.
Another one of my favorite things in older homes is the pressed tin ceilings. It creates drama and adds a huge amount of style to any room. I love the contrast between this very traditional look and modern furnishings. Plus in today’s market, you can buy paintable wallpaper that looks like these traditional tiles in a huge variety of patterns and painted to match any decor.
Another great idea is to actually use the ceiling. I love this idea featured on Apartment Therapy, especially if you have exposed rafters.
Of course, you can do wood or rattan on the ceiling but that can get really expensive really fast.
There are tons of other options for ceilings as well. They can be done with just about any budget and within any style. The best tip I can give is just don’t forget about the ceilings. I don’t have anything done to mine currently because I am in a rental and it bugs me everyday.