The Georgians and Victorians were fond of decorating ceilings with ornate plasterwork and there are plenty of options from the DIY to the professionally crafted for restoring such details. Originally designed to protect the ceiling from the heat and soot of candelabra, ceiling roses were especially popular during the Regency period. Today, they’re a quick way to add depth to the flat surface and a great way to draw attention to a special pendant light.
In Victorian New York, pressed tin tiles were used as an affordable alternative to the expensive plasterwork of European houses. Recently, tin tiles have become popular again and now reclaimed tiles are much sought after, though an easier solution might be a tin tile effect wallpaper, perfect for an industrial luxe look.
And finally, how about wallpapering the ceiling? A recessed ceiling covered in a decorative pattern and bordered with a deep architrave will create visual texture and interest almost like a framed painting. While for a more temporary, fun solution in a child’s room, you could consider decal stickers in stars or spots scattered across a bedroom ceiling. Surely a sweet way to fall asleep.