Nursery Decorating Ideas: Painted Ceilings

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Should I choose 1 color or 2? Should I stick with neutrals or go bold? Which color should I put on which wall? What if I don’t like it once it’s painted? Should I paint the ceiling?

We’re all so afraid of paint and painting. It’s difficult for us to make a decision that we don’t second guess when it comes to paint. It just feels so… permanent! Luckily, it’s not and I want to encourage you to be daring with your paint choices and paint your nursery ceilings.

Nate Berkus recently recommended a viewer of The Nate Show to paint her bedroom ceilings a few shades lighter than the lightest color in the room to make it more inviting. Picking a light color for your ceilings can also make the room feel bigger.

If your room is painted in a light color you want to do what people in the ‘biz’ call ground the room. If the ceilings are white and the walls are painted in a light color, most of the time the room feels like it’s floating in space. Painting the ceiling is the solution to that problem. Consider a bold color for contrast and high impact.

Image sources, clockwise from top left: Young House Love, Liz Williams Interiors ( via Sundquist Homes ), unknown, Sharon Taylor Designs, Francois Dischinger/Domino (via Apartment Therapy) and unknown.


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. Kristin (Ellie-Town) says:

    For my 3 yo daughter’s room, we did the walls a pale pink, a white stripe just under the doorway and then a bold pink on the top of the walls and ceiling. It made it so much for fun for her but kept it a little more sophisticated than a bright pink room!
    .-= Kristin (Ellie-Town)’s last blog ..Tiny Prints Holiday Card Review =-.

  2. If anyone knows where the last picture came from please let me know. I saw a few images of this nursery on a blog somewhere and I have been trying to find it again ever since. I love this whole room and especially the ceiling of course!

  3. Maggie @ Interior Design Ideas says:

    Thanks for this post now i know what is the right
    color for our bedroom.I think i’ll keep coming back
    to your site to update more ideas. :)

  4. I so want a stripped ceiling!
    .-= Kat’s last blog ..The Tinted Mint Japanese Masking Tape =-.

    • That is ambitious!
      I wanted to paint the ceiling in our dining room and my husband refused to help. He’s so lazy :)


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