22 Inexpensive Porch Ceiling Ideas to Copy Now

As an often overlooked spot, it's time that we recognize the design potential of a porch ceiling. There are so many ways to spruce up your ceiling without spending much money or buying tons of new supplies, making it fun and easy to take on a project without breaking the bank. Whether you're feeling crafty and eager to take on a DIY endeavor or want to have some fun with plants or new lighting, there are inexpensive porch ceiling ideas for everyone.

If your porch ceiling could use a little extra love, you won't want to look any further than these 20 transformation ideas below.

Paint the Ceiling Haint Blue

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It is a Southern tradition to paint porch ceilings blue because the color is said to ward off ghosts or spirits. In the case of this home, the porch ceiling color nicely matches the front door and shutters.

Go Green With Hanging Plants

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Add a bit of green to your front porch by hanging some plants from the ceiling. You can also scatter plants on the porch floor for an extra lush look.

Stay Cool With a Fan—or a Few

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The Spruce / Janet Gust

Staying cool while enjoying time outside on the porch is paramount, so you may wish to hang a fan—or several–from the porch ceiling. There are many different styles to choose from depending on your temperature needs and aesthetics.

Hang Lantern-Like Fixtures

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Brighten up your front porch by hanging some lanterns from the ceiling. Select any style of pendant that appeals to you. On this porch, woven fixtures add a laid-back touch to this space and nicely complement the light wooden furniture.

Have Fun With Ferns

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The Spruce / Stacy Zarin Goldberg

For an extra earthy look, hang some potted ferns from the porch ceiling. These eye-catching plants will make for a gorgeous addition texturally and will give you some extra privacy due to their large size.

Add Brightness With String Lights

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String lights brighten up this porch instantly, making it a more enjoyable spot to spend time outdoors once the sun sets. Go ahead and take a cue from your backyard: Classic patio lights are festive and easy to attach to your porch ceiling.

Opt for a New Wood Stain

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If you're not thrilled with your porch ceiling's existing wood color, you can always stain it to enjoy and achieve a whole new look. You can take on this project using supplies purchased from the hardware store.

Transform Exposed Beams Using Vibrant Paint

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This porch features exposed wooden beams that pop even more than usual because they're painted green. If you do not wish to paint your entire porch ceiling but want to experiment a bit with vibrant color, this approach is a great solution.

Turn a Fence Into Ceiling Material

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Believe it or not, this porch ceiling was constructed using a six-foot cedar fence. The slats are arranged in a linear formation that adds a rustic look to the front of this home.

Incorporate Molding for Some Extra Flair

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Design by Aspire Fine Homes / Photo by Felix Sanchez

Jazz up a plain porch ceiling by adding some molding as seen here. This geometric pattern instantly draws the eye upward. If you wish to paint your molding a brighter color than the white shown here, you can certainly do so.

Paint the Ceiling Black for a Cozy Vibe

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Black porch ceilings are uncommon, but they can certainly cozy up a space. Plus, this shade complements the fans hanging from the ceiling and helps to camouflage them, too. Check out some of our favorite black paint hues to use throughout the home.

Transform a Plain Ceiling Using Cedar Shake

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Here, homeowners used leftover cedar shake from a porch makeover project to transform what had previously been a plain ceiling. This style is reminiscent of the thatched houses commonly found in coastal areas.

Replace an Unsightly Ceiling With Thin Plywood

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If your existing porch ceiling is rotting or showing signs of age, you can cover it up using thin plywood, as seen here. Then, paint the wood or stain it using the shade of your choosing.

Kick Back and Relax on a Porch Swing

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Everyone loves to kick back and relax while sitting on a porch swing. You can hang one of these from your porch ceiling to instantly make the front of your home appear a bit more welcoming. You can even construct your own porch swing using a free plan.

DIY a Cedar Plank Ceiling

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Are you feeling crafty? This cedar plank ceiling was actually a DIY that cost just about $500 using materials from the hardware store. It's the perfect accent to a farmhouse-style home.

Opt for a Crisp, White Look

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Of course, if your porch already has a wooden plank ceiling, you can replicate this all white look with a bit of paint. This crisp white hue complements the many wooden columns out front.

Try Hanging Chandeliers

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While we most often see pendant fixtures or recessed lighting on porches, there's no reason you can't hang a chandelier out front if you wish. This one instantly adds character to the porch due to its vintage look.

Nail Holiday Lights to the Ceiling for Added Glow

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If you want a subtle look, nail a strand of holiday lights to your porch ceiling. A clear strand will be even easier to hide and will add to the ambiance when plugged in at night.

Introduce Skylights to the Front Porch

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Whoever said skylights were just for interior spaces? If you're building a porch ceiling from scratch, consider adding some skylights into the mix. Skylights will allow additional light to stream in on your porch and can be enjoyable to peer through at night as you sit back and gaze at the stars.

Mix Lighting

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Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Tramp-Ligorria

Mix different types of lighting to create different ambiances throughout the day and night. Here, a bold pendant light is complemented by supplemental recessed lights which will can easily be controlled.

Have Fun With Fixtures

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Designed by William Hunter Collection / Styled by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Tramp-Ligorria

Create your own one-of-a-kind fixture by placing some of your favorite candles together to mimic a centerpiece. It'll create a cozy and intimate setting, perfect for any outdoor dinner.

Add Some Contrast

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Choose a ceiling color that offers a stark contrast to your walls to make a sophisticated statement. If you want to go bolder, bring in a brighter color to paint the window trims and ceilings.

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