Wallpaper your ceiling? Ceiling of room should be given more attention

By Carleton Varney

Recently, while going through the ordeal of a session in the dentist’s chair, I found myself staring at the uninteresting, bland, colorless ceiling, and wondered why more people do not color or paper ceilings.

Naturally, I made my decorative suggestions to my dentist, adding that the room could use an attractive light fixture, too.

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Brightly-colored wallpapered ceilings

Go with a pattern or bright colors for your ceilings. I just painted all the ceilings in a Florida apartment soft turquoise blue to bring the ocean and sky inside. The soft blue ceilings can go with any colored walls, painted or papered, which you may choose.

Brightly-colored wallpapered ceilings


Have a colored ceiling in the bedroom

Bedroom ceilings are particularly important in the decorative scene. After all, we spend a lot of time in bedrooms, and shouldn’t we have a colored or gay wallpaper ceiling to look at while relaxing in bed?

Have a colored ceiling in the bedroom


Scattered florals or plaids for a wallpapered ceiling

When planning hospital decor, I always recommend scattered floral or plaid designs for the ceilings in the patients’ rooms.

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Decor for the master bedroom

I use wallpapers on the ceilings in residential decorating almost all the time. For the ceiling of the master bedroom, why not consider a flowered wallpaper — a loosely-scattered floral pattern on a background of white or a soft shade of pink, green or beige.

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Groovy ways to wallpaper your ceiling

Have the wallpaper match the drapes and bedding

Select a wallpaper that has a coordinating fabric so the fabric can be used for window valances and draperies as well as bedspreads.


Try to go with light colors

Stay away from dark wallpapers for bedroom ceilings — dark colors tend to make ceilings appear lower.

Stay away from dark wallpapers for bedroom ceilings


Ceiling decor for kids, too

In children’s rooms, I often use stripes of alternating solid colors to create a tent effect on the ceiling. The tent can be created with paper, vinyl or with fabric, and there are many tent borders of wallpaper or vinyl wallcovering.

Ceiling decor for kids, too


Kitchen dining area with a floral wallpapered ceiling

Kitchen dining area with a floral wallpapered ceiling


Wallpaper with large white flowers on a black background

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Wallpaper with large white flowers on a black background


A small dining area with Asian-inspired wallpaper on walls and ceilings

A small dining area with Asian-inspired wallpaper on walls and ceilings


Go oh-so-retro and wallpaper your ceiling like they did in the ’70s

Wallpapered ceilings from Click Americana


About this story

Source publication: The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) - Note: Photographs are from various magazines published during the mid-1970s, and did not originally accompany this syndicated newspaper article. Headings were also added to separate images.

Source publication date: March 18, 1972

Filed under: 1970s, Featured, Home & garden, Magazines

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