Kyria B
Kyria B
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Asked on Jul 29, 2012

What can I do with this ceiling?

Shirley ChauvinJudy HolcombSnapoutofit
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The old, quality paneling came from my husband's great aunt's house, which is slated to be destroyed. What can I do with the plain, boring sheetrock ceiling to complement the walls, yet not darken the room any more? Oh, and the door needs something, too. It's the same white as the ceiling.
Living room wall and ceiling
Living room wall and ceiling
89 answers
  • Becky H
    on Jul 29, 2012

    I'd think the right shade of blue would compliment the brown paneling. Just an opinion.

  • Linda Otto
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Beams and you pick a color for the ceiling that you like. :)

  • Deborah G.
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Maybe paint them a warm shade of gold (picked from the paneling) and some crown moulding?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 29, 2012

    I second the crown molding. Here is a mirror version with crown ( smooth walls but T & G ceiling. http://www.hometalk.com/kevin/board/132555

  • Kyria B
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Thanks for the suggestions. I like the crown molding in the pictures! And I like the idea of beams and a blue ceiling peeking through. But more input would be great!

  • Carol S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Decorative Mirrors - will reflect the daylight - placed in the proper spots - You can lighten the paneling by washing it down 1/1 turpentine and linseed oil solution. Urathane coat is up to you. Ceiling go with semi gloss or satin a pale tint of yellow or blue is up to you.

  • Ashley
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I would avoid blue on the ceiling - it could pull out the orange tones in the wood even more. Unless you were open to white washing the boards - then blue would be a great choice!

  • Therese C
    on Jul 30, 2012

    To go simple; Warm buttery ceiling (at night it gives the room a warm feeling and plays off the paneling) add some light solid color curtains to the door. To be a bit more difficult; Add flat beams to the ceiling, drop in a copper chandelier and lacey cream colored curtains/satin tie backs on the door. You could put up some copper stained crown molding to play it all up. Just a thought or two.

  • Melinda E
    on Jul 30, 2012

    A faux coffered ceiling would look nice.

  • Tina S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    The walls are gorgeous, Make it a popcorn ceiling and they have the choice of adding sparkle to it..which I think adds alot of texture and interest..with the door..I'd suggest adding a complimentary color to the carsiding and maybe hang decorative on it

  • John Daniels
    on Jul 30, 2012

    pewter tin ceiling panels, it`ll warm up the walls and give it a 30`s look.Installation is easy 1 fairly adept mech good do it in 4 or 5 hours

  • Anne marie D
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I too like the idea of a crown moulding.... and perhaps they can surround some tin panels???? painted a champagne color. ive seen it done before and it totally changes the way the room looks!!!!

  • Regina mabry
    on Jul 30, 2012

    we had that type of paneling in our house.....my parents owned the house for 31 yrs. then I bought my brother's part out after they passed away. it was good, but had been there for yrs before parents bought house (house built 1920). I used an oil based red floor paint on walls...it gave them an old wooden barn look, really nice, easy to clean, we had large wide white trim & baseboards, so I gave ceiling nice white coat & used mustart, dark greens, ect as accent colors in room. made room look huge. best of luck. paint will not "stick" it leaces like a stain look, try a small part 1st to see if you like it.

  • Diana Couturier
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I think a tin ceiling, in silver would be unique and stunning. Offering reflective benefits and keeping with the paneling. Then paint the door a medium grey and add a silver paint over top.

  • Suszie S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Definitely Crown Molding, I too would paint the ceiling, but like most have suggested I would go with a gold tint or gold base. As for the beams, I think that would make the ceiling feel too "low" and I also think they would take away from the paneling. I would also suggest tin ceiling tiles, except you can now get them from Lowes or Home Depot that are a plastic that you can choose the color of or get white and paint to your liking. I would also go with a Copper tone if I were going to go the ceiling tile route. One other suggestion I have, which may sound crazy to some, is to "frame" the paneling with drapery or fabric, on each end of the wall swagged back. This will make it look like the paneling is a special artistic feature instead of "just a wall". Also a roman shade on the door of an ivory with a gold tone to it will help as well.

  • Judy H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Given that the wood is "vintage," I think I'd add a fairly narrow, white crown molding. You could also use a 1x3 or 1x4 flat as a "crown." Given the age of the paneling the only thing historically correct might be swirling plaster ceilings. However, they are not really very "in" at the moment and the 60s-70s weren't necessarily the best decades to emulate anyway. IF you want a wow on the ceiling, look for a cylindrical hanging lamp which attaches by a hook and hang it in the corner over an end table or near a reading chair. I'd make the door some sort of focal point and paint it a bright color--the same accent color you use elsewhere in the room. Anything but dull yellow or light orange or red (too much like the wood) would be OK. I can see bright aqua, electric blue, bright lime green. Keep it bright and light, not dark and bold. One thing I did in a bedroom was paint the ceiling a pale blue, just like a porch ceiling. I'd still use the white crown molding. Paint it first, before installing, so you only have to touch up the nail holes and NOT cut the edge between the paneling and the crown mold. Be sure you try your chip taped to the ceiling and examine at all hours of the day. We found that blue is funny and looks very different on ceilings than it does on walls.

  • Marci N
    on Jul 30, 2012

    It does look like it needs some molding. But the exposed beam look would be nice too. Or both? I would paint the ceiling a more honey tone of white to blend a bit more, this white clashes. I love the old wood paneling, they do not make it like that anymore. .

  • Cheri N
    on Jul 30, 2012

    LOL, I painted the walnut paneling in my family room, removed the popcorn finish...the walls are now brown bag colored, and the ceiling is white, with contrasting crown moldings...I love the look!!

    q what can i do with this ceiling, doors, home decor, paint colors, This is a photo of the ceiling wall it s actually white paint kinda looks blue hereq what can i do with this ceiling, doors, home decor, paint colors, More of the same room white ceiling and painted paneling
  • Cheri N
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Additionally, I REMOVED the beams from the ceiling (didn't know they were going to be back in style)...the room really seems larger without them!

  • Ellen H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Tin ceiling would be great but if too costly or impractical - use a ceiling medallion around the light fixture - finish in copper or silver look (coordinate with light fixture). Then maybe the honey-toned white as Marci N suggested. Be sure to check out the paint company websites where you upload your picture and "try out" different colors.

  • Betty H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    faux beams and crown molding

  • Liz
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I had paneling like this, and simply painted it. The knots came through giving the walls lots of texture and character. If you're not fond of this idea, then the tin ceiling is genius. Good luck.

  • Roberta Galipeau Martin
    on Jul 30, 2012

    There is a tin ceiling wallpaper out there... not sure if it is cheaper than actual tin ceiling or not... looks great.

  • Janice B
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Yes, it is called lincrusta wallpaper, even comes in tiles and you can paint it any color you wish.

  • Janice B
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Our old bedroom had this valuable golden knotty pine. (Clean it with Murphy's Oil Soap) and beams. When I taught decorative painting I told my students to think of a favorite nature scene to come up with complimentary colors. I made turquoise gingham curtains to compliment the golden color...it reminded me of the beach and water. You could also paint the ceiling pale blue, sponge on or paint on clouds, then paint screen lathe (thin wood framing "boards") copper and grid them on the ceiling to look like a greenhouse top. Get a stencil of a bird/nest for interest in the corner..

  • Janice B
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Our old bedroom had this valuable golden knotty pine. (Clean it with Murphy's Oil Soap) and beams. When I taught decorative painting I told my students to think of a favorite nature scene to come up with complimentary colors. I made turquoise gingham curtains to compliment the golden color...it reminded me of the beach and water. You could also paint the ceiling pale blue, sponge on or paint on clouds, then paint screen lathe (thin wood framing "boards") copper and grid them on the ceiling to look like a greenhouse top. Get a stencil of a bird/nest for interest in the corner..

  • Betty
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I agree with the first post. You are very lucky to have the smooth ceilings, I have the popcorn finish on mine and I hate them. The smoorth celings are the lastest in building new homes now. Personally I would paint the paneling a light color, light beige or maybe even a light grey and pain the ceiling a shade darker.

  • Carnell J
    on Jul 30, 2012

    What did you do to rid yourself of the popcorn ceiling? I have it and absolutely hate it!!

  • Elizabeth S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I would whitewash the wood and put a very relaxing color of blue on the ceiling

  • Barbara B
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Tin ceiling painted.....white

  • Kelly
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I'd paint the panelling and then put some faux beams on the ceiling so that it ties the two together.

  • Betty H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I have painted all my ceilings with many colors using glazes. First a turquoise blue, tone it down with white and glaze, rag on another color, yellows and pinks mixed with white and glaze, rag it on, and finally white with glaze. The glaze is transparant and leaves a satin finish. It ends up looking like a beautiful sky. I don't mix throughly but leave it sort of marbly, it can be done wet on wet or dry. Gives an old world feel to the ceilings, subtle or as dramatic as you like.

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  • Nola H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I'd add some faux beams, perhaps a dark brown color, and re-texture the ceiling for a stucco effect and then paint it a warmer Antique white.

  • Debi M
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I had that same paneling and thought it made the house look very outdated. I put a coat of Kilz on the paneling and then painted it Pine Needle Green. We then added 6 inch baseboards and crown molding. The ceiling was painted AZ white as was the baseboards and molding. An entirely new room. I'm fortunate that my hubby is very good with miter saws, chop saws, and a bunch of other tools White ceilings are very nice, helping to add light. If you feel that you like the old style paneling, add crown molding. It will add depth to the room

  • Diane H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Thank you for saving this beautiful old beaded pine (not paneling but actually 1X8 tongue and groove boards) and NOT painting it. This will never be seen again as the new lumber today is garbage by comparison. I would leave the ceiling as is and add a fabulous crown moulding. The door could also be made more exciting by adding an architectural element with sculptured moulding, So many choices available @ home improvement stores.

  • Diane H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    This was in my grandparent's home, I loved it and it breaks my heart when I see it painted or ripped out and thrown away. Call me sentimental.....

  • Mary N
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Well maybe if I thought it needed something I would add that crown moulding. But if you dont like the white you can always paint it a very light tint of color, say maybe, a light green or whatever color suits you,

  • Bill F
    on Jul 30, 2012

    there are a lot of vinyl squares you can add to the ceiling in a lot of different patterns. Try looking them up at your home supply store or online.

  • Bill F
    on Jul 30, 2012

    to the lady who asked. To get rid of popcorn ceilings you scrape them then a little sanding then either re-texture or paint depending on what the ceiling looks like after scraping. It comes off fairly easily usually.

  • Bill F
    on Jul 30, 2012

    if you don't like the darkness of the wood you could always put a colored or white stain and keep the wood showing through

  • Cindy D
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Why would anyone paint over such a beautiful wood? Bring out and accentuate the natural beauty of the wood, it's gorgeous! I like Nola H.'s idea of adding faux beams which will bring the eye 'up' which gives the illusion of opening up the space as well as it will balance the heaviness of the wall. Antique white on the ceilings and door would soften and warm the room.

  • Julie Burke
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I agree with some coments on here about painting the panelling, it is too dark and I would buy some bead board and use that on the ceiling to mimic the panelling on the walls...Painting the bead board white will make the room brighter and appear even larger

  • Annette C
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Iwas going to say mock beams, but it's been said. you can so light fixtures in cubed beams that would give soft lighting or they have paper tiles & wallpaper now that look like tin relief's that come in many finishes. I used the glaze & paint mixture over our paneling to create an aged white wash look. For the panel doors I have I used chalkboard paint & stenciling to personalize. Great thing about paint is you can change your mind

  • Marjorie K
    on Jul 30, 2012

    You can buy tiles which mimic the old tin ceilings of yesteryear-keep it all vintage!

  • Michelle M
    on Jul 30, 2012

    We have this in our house and in the kitchen it has a little shelve that runs a foot down from the ceiling and about 4-6" out. I have plates on mine but it is in the kitchen.

  • Laurel W
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Lowe's carries white pieces of coffered celing type accents that you can paint before you mount them to the celing. The pieces I have seen installed are round and very decorative to go around light fixtures. These look great when painted the same color as the crown molding, or just white on a colored celing.

  • Mary
    on Jul 30, 2012

    I love that panel, I have it in my bathroom, we just put some stained trim up, it's funny because my door is also white, but I didn't change it because we have wood floors and you don't notice the white doors.

  • Donna A
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Now a days they are painting the ceiling colors so you might want to look into that!

  • Carol Kavanagh
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Benjamin Moore has a colour the is very nice with the yellow pine. "Concord Ivory" It will brighten the room. If your not stuck on the idea of have the walls fully panelled, you could do the white pine on the bottom of the wall similer to bead board. If you have enough of the white pine, it makes a very nice ceiling.

  • Kathleen M
    on Jul 30, 2012

    My house has this paneling, and the ceilings have an applied lattice detail. Let me know if you need a photo, and I will try to post one.

  • MaryAnn D
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Are you taking this down and putting it up in your house.

  • Shelva Bowen
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Go with the white coffered ceiling and leave the door white.

  • Cathy
    on Jul 30, 2012

    i would paint the ceiling a nice earthy color

  • Mary Rushing
    on Jul 30, 2012

    knotty pine is great, it you are re-installing you might want to consider sanding it down and try a litle finish, will brighten it up and not look so out of date. I've also seen it treated with a oil based paint, the color that was used was a moss green. The home owners had a beam & wood slate cealing. Try several things on one board before you do all of them.

  • Chris H
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Tint the color of the ceiling to bring out the yellows of the wood. place a picture rail along the top and hang art and photos from it. Use controled light or up light in the room. carefull on the furniture and you should have a good space to be in. A bar can work wonders

  • Diane Paul
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Ever thought of putting up open beams? They can be made with boards and stained to look like real beams. Narrow crown molding could be put between the top of the wall and the ceiling, too.

  • Gabriele Sovers
    on Jul 30, 2012

    The paneling needs to go, it darkens the room too much and it's boring. I just can't stand paneling at all. Panint the ceiling a very subtle creamy yellow it will brighten the room and then put accent colors on the furniture ie, pillows, throws. And colorvul pictures on the wall.

  • Kyria B
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Wow, I typed a long reply and now I don't see it. Rats. Thank you all for your advice! My hubby and I will take it all into consideration and I'll try to share what we end up doing. It is a bit dark, but I don't want to paint it. However, I might sand it down and give it a lighter finish. The l.r. is open to the kitchen and a redwood beam is going up with cedar posts.

  • Kyria B
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Kathleen M, yes, I'd like to see a picture.

  • Mary Jeanne Botteon
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Instead of crown molding try a cove molding and then paint the ceiling and door a warm cream color.

  • Trish F
    on Jul 31, 2012

    you could use dry wall compound in the groves of the paneling and paint the paneling - easy breezy

  • Lana Growe
    on Jul 31, 2012

    There are faux Beams available. Very light weight. Put the beams across your ceiling to pick up the wood, but leave the white for the light. I think the paneling is beautiful. Cream paint as mentioned above would also be nice.

  • Creatively Living
    on Jul 31, 2012

    I would paint the paneling. Painted paneling looks great! Dark wood paneling is somewhat dated. If you are someone that loves a dark wood paneling, then I would paint the ceiling a earthy shade of green (a very light green) to compliment the reds in the wood.

  • Lois R
    on Jul 31, 2012

    you could always go to a salvage yard and find some old ceiling tin. that would look great with the paneling.

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 31, 2012

    While I am not big on paneling, some people love wood. I love painted furniture, but I am most reluctant to paint over good wood pieces and cringe when I see this done. I love dark mahogany! It's like I love white cabinets, but I do not want to live with them. So if the paneling is for you, keep it. Pick a light, almost white green with very little yellow to it. Then put about a 2" stirp of flat molding on the ceiling about 1 foot from the edge of the walls. Paint the 1' section and molding white and the center a lighter green.

  • Vivian S
    on Jul 31, 2012

    I love the warmth of wood. This paneling is beautiful. You didn't mention what room this is. That might affect your decision. I considered suggesting painted wallpaper that is embossed to look like tin. I think that type of paper has a name but I'm not sure what it is called. The only problem with that, or a tin ceiling, is that it would make the room real busy. Be sure to look at pics of faux beams. The effect is lovely but it may make the room look like a "club room" and rustic. Is the paneling on all 4 walls or only on one?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 31, 2012

    @ carnell...here is an article I wrote on removing popcorn ceilings http://www.networx.com/article/the-mostly-painless-guide-to-removing

  • Kyria B
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Diane H commented that it is not actually paneling, but 1X8 tongue and groove boards. She is absolutely right. Quality wood, not cheap stuff. Definitely worth saving, which is why we took it from a falling-down house and put it in ours. I'm not painting over it, but I will try to re-finish it in a lighter shade. I can't wait to go shopping and see all the crown molding possibilities! Vivian S, it's in my living room, on 3 walls. The 4th wall was removed to open it up to the kitchen. Thank you all for your input!

    • Wanda sinnema
      on Feb 12, 2015

      @Kyria B I have the same in our rec room.. 1949 vintage. only goes 1/2 way up and no sheetrock under the it.... worth saving for sure...

  • Di S
    on Jul 31, 2012

    paint the ceiling a cream color. then take 1 x 4 x 8 pine boards and stain them as close as you can to the color of the walls and attach them to the ceiling every 2' to look like support boards.

  • Jan P
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Save the wood finish - and I too think a tin ceiling would be awesome!!

  • Linda W
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Add ceiling beams that look like logs that match the walls. I grew up in a log cabin with walls of knotty pine like that. Beautiful!

  • Kathleen M
    on Jul 31, 2012

    My living room ceiling. These strips of wood are about 1/8" thick, and about 1 1/2" wide.

    q what can i do with this ceiling, doors, home decor, paint colors
  • JANICE cURRAN
    on Jul 31, 2012

    PAINT THE WALLS..BEEN THERE AND IT CAME OUT CUTE....

  • Carrie W
    on Jul 31, 2012

    Paint the ceiling with a view of the sky

  • Carol S
    on Aug 2, 2012

    Another option would be to wash the darkened knotty pine panels with a 1/2&1/2 solution of lineseed oil and turpentine. (Good ventilation, gloves and lots of rags required.) My sister inlaw did her cabinets years ago and what a difference. Brighten up the room with art deco mirrors - placed to strategically capture and reflect the daylight. The ceiling needs to be done with a semi- gloss or satin. A pale tan or faint yellow tint should do the trick.

  • Michelle M
    on Sep 20, 2012

    A varnish with a satin finish will soften it up too!

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Boy, I have a lot of choices! Thanks to all!

  • Ltt834476
    on Mar 1, 2015

    I think once you get some nice beams on the ceiling that match the paneling, that alone will bring the room together. It would be the finishing touch needed.....:)

  • Kathryn Martin-Pflugh
    on Mar 1, 2015

    I hope you will decide to not do anything to the paneling. It is beautiful and if your home is country, or ranch style, it goes perfectly! This wood is worth a lot of money to refurbishers, you hit a gold mine, please do not destroy it. I, personally do not like the tin ceilings, unless you have high walls, the embossing will make your ceiling look really low and close in the room. A light paint with matching crown molding will enlarge the look of the room and lighten it up as well. Have a good time and remember, there is not much you can not change if you do not like what you have done.

    • Kyria B
      on Mar 1, 2015

      @Kathryn Martin-Pflugh thank you for your input. We are NOT destroying the valuable wood. We reclaimed it from a house that is falling apart.

  • Nancy Nesbitt
    on Mar 2, 2015

    I agree with Di S on the ceiling treatment. For cleaning/whitewashing the walls, there is a tutorial specifically for that at: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/refinishing-whitewashing-pine-45690.html

  • Bj Rutledge
    on Jan 8, 2016

    in a rental, that had a previous tub overflow, we had to re do the ceiling and wanted to do something that would allow for easy repair if needed. We used white 4 x 8 plain panels (like the write on board stuff). our contract used 1x3 or 1x4 pieces of cheap pine, sanded and stained them, made just a grid of 4x4 foot sections.. made it rustic and we have more compliments on that ceiling that you could imagine. Easy to clean also. you could degloss it as preferred

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jun 24, 2016

    Your panelling is beautiful i'm so happy that you rescued it, why not paint both the door and ceiling in a lovely soft heritage colour to complement your soft furnishings then there us nothing to darken your room or detract from your beautiful panelling. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kyria B
      on Jun 25, 2016

      Thank you, Annie. Can you give me an example of a soft, heritage colour?

  • Jeanette S
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Beautiful wood! Ceilings no longer have to be white. I love the way people are adding molding about 1 ft. or so from the wall and painting the center a different color. My friend bought a new place and there were squares on the ceiling in about 3 different shades of a very, very pale green. Stunning!

    • Rhonda S
      on Oct 16, 2016

      Wood tone molding might be a perfect compliment to the paneling. It would add interest without competing to be the star of the room. Great suggestion, Jeanette!

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Hey Kyria I use Farrow & Ball colours however they are a British Company but you can view there website and look at the colours on site, find one you love and buy your American equivalent. I personally use French Grey, Light Blue (which isn't ) it's a beautiful soft grey blue with real depth of colour, sift green or a colour called Greige which is a great neutral not yellow or pink and this really lights up a room. I know for a fact that you have similar colours in the USA, these shades I feel would work beautifully with your panelling giving its age. You have a great eye whatever you choose I am certain will be beautiful, good luck with your room.

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Hi Kyria I recalled the name if the Company it's Benjamin Moore who have many similar colours to Farrow & Ball, and I'm sure you will know other American companies who will offer you a great choice. Maybe consider an Eggshell finish allowing your panels to take centre stage as it us a wonderful tribute to a well loved relative.

  • Karol
    on Sep 18, 2016

    Here's an idea. Paint the door with a light version of straw or peach to pick up a little of the color of the paneling. With white molding on the ceiling framing another patch of the same color of paint.

  • Snapoutofit
    on Oct 6, 2016

    Paint the celing and door a banana yellow

  • Judy Holcomb
    on Oct 16, 2016

    I saw a great, inexpensive idea for ceilings that I want to try when I get around to redoing my bedroom. They used molding and trim to make a decorative recessed pattern and painted in shades of tan/cream to make it stand out. If you don't want to use nails to hold it up, try the lightweight plastic molding and use a removable product (like for picture hanging) to hold it up. This would be a great project for repurposing trim and molding from rehab properties.

  • Shirley Chauvin
    on Dec 1, 2016

    Your can paint it with a pearl type paint which will reflect different colors ! A friend did this to her wall's and the room looked pink but when she turned on the light it was really white !


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