Coffering, beadboard, planks, and exposed beams naturally call attention to the ceiling, so why not reinforce the effect with a dose of color? Paint just the flat or recessed areas to create contrast that showcases the trim treatment. Or cover the whole ceiling in a uniform shade lively enough to command your attention, such as Olympic's Salem Blue, shown here. Clean white walls and punches of complementary orange add to the room's dynamic feel.
Tip: Fanciful pendants in a related shade further help to draw the eye upward.