Twenty-four Aspirational Ceilings



Today D has gathered 24 photos to serve as a reminder of all the latent potential the oft neglected ceiling plane holds. I hope you enjoy! Above – an Antwerp loft designed by the Belgian firm sculp(IT). Photo by Luc Roymans.



Designed over the course of three weeks by a team of five enthusiastic grad students – this pop-up shop for the Hungarian fashion brand Nanushka features a simple yet dramatically tented ceiling punctuated by a series of inflated lanterns. Photo by Tamas Bujnovszky.



The ground floor reception area of a 6,000 square foot New York apartment belonging to fashion designer Lela Rose and her hedge fund manager husband, Brandon Jones. The ceiling and attached system of track lighting is set off by a transparent drop ceiling. Photo by Nikolas Koenig via T Magazine.



Taking a cue from old metro stations, this kitchen ceiling is tiled in a glittering array of tiny subway tiles. Photo via Luxe.



High Victorian features meet modern day architecture as a traditional stair leads up to a angular skylight. Renovation and design by the Melbourne based architect Zoë Geyer. Photo by Dianna Snape.



This guest bedroom in Marrakech’s Peacock Pavilions features a graphic wallpaper overhead. A great option for those who like to add a bold pop without overpowering the overall space



Set within a typical urban home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the textured cement ceilings bear the imprint of the woven bamboo sheets onto which they were poured. Design by Sanuki + Nishizawa architects. Photo by Hiroyuki Oki.



Welcome to the São Paulo home of Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres. In the bath, a wooden ‘muxarabie’ (a registered trademark of the architect) filters in light. Just above the wooden screen lies a glass roof, which may be opened and closed.



A plywood ceiling accented with raw ceramic based bulbs. Photo from the Dwell House Tour San Diego 2012 via Morgan Satterfield’s The Brick House.



This contemporary Obumex kitchen features a hint of earthy, wood beamed ceiling.



The owners of this Dumbo loft added some cozy to an overly sun-exposed space by cladding its floor, walls and even ceiling in a warm white oak. Photo by Matthew Williams via Remodelista.



A stunning lattice sets the stage for archery competitions at Tokyo’s Kogakuin University. Design by FT Architects. Photo by Shigeo Ogawa.



A classically detailed Belgian living room takes its dramatic dark wall color right through to the ceiling. The result is as unexpected as it is contemporary. Photo by Bieke Claessens.



A ceiling clad in salvaged pine siding adds warmth and history to the large California living room of designer Jenni Kayne and her real estate agent husband Richard Ehrlich. Design by the Los Angeles based architecture firm, Standard. Photo by Roger Davies via Architectural Digest.



A sea of swaying and rippling fabric fins adorn the ceiling of the Hilton Pattaya Hotel in Thailand. Interior design and architecture by Department of Architecture. Photo by Wison Tungthunya.



A paint-by-number-esque mural covers walls and ceiling in this home office designed by William Sofield. Photo by Toni Meneguzzo via Cooper Hewitt Museum.



Spa in a loft apartment in Stockholm, Sweden.



Interior design and architecture by Claesson Koivisto Rune.



A false ceiling effect created by a system of tube lighting in the lobby of the Bauhaus building. Photo by heinrich+gretchen.



Part of Farrow & Ball’s color forecast for 2013, this sample interior combines quirky color combinations with outside-of-the-lines color blocking.



Formerly a residential structure, this 19th century Stockholm building now houses the Nobis Hotel. The pixelated grid of color which adorns the lobby ceiling is the brilliant work of Claesson Koivisto Rune. Photo by Louise Billgert.



Adding that perfect extra something – a bead board ceiling painted in a fresh mint color. Design by Charmean Neithart. Photo by Erika Bierman Photography



The designers at Shelton Mindel & Associates added detailed plaster work to the ceiling of this historic Manhattan apartment. For the do it yourself-ers out there, a similar effect can be achieved on flat ceilings using carefully cut and positioned trim from your local hardware store. Photo by Joshua McHugh via Architectural Digest.



If there is ever an excuse to get adorable it’s in a little girl’s room. EM Design Interiors papered this ceiling in Timothy Sue’s Hearts Apart in Red Chartreuse. Photo by Helynn Ospina.



And we close with an old favorite from the Paris apartment of Gilles & Boissier. For more ceiling plane goodness join us on Pinterest this weekend.


Until next week…




  1. Es una delicia estar subscrita a las entradas de tu blog. Todo me gusta. Cada día sorprendes con algo más bonito que el anterior. Felicidades por tu exquisito gusto.

  2. An area that is often overlooked needs not to be. Thanks for sharing these inspiring images!

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