The ceiling: It’s often called a room’s fifth wall, and it deserves as much design attention as all of the others. The talented pros who designed the homes featured in this year’s Utah Valley Parade of Homes know this. Here, we present some of our favorite must-see ceilings, from surprising wallpapers to brawny beams.

Framed Sky
Skylights punctuate the ceiling of a Highland home’s modern staircase, flooding the space with natural light while framing dazzling views of blue sky.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Robison Home Builders, Architectural Design: Hebdon Studios, Photo by Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos

Rockin’ Moroccan
Dark wood panels deliver intricate pattern above the dining table, where the ceiling treatment performs like a piece of art in this modern Provo home. A pair of matching chandeliers adds to the treatment’s eye-catching design.

Builder, architecture and interior designer: Ezra Lee Design + Build, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos

Warmed-Up Work Space
Handsome wood panels visually drop the ceiling level of this inviting Mapleton home office, adding to its cozy, modern style.

Builder: RC Dent Construction, Interior Design: Remedy Furniture & Design Center, Architectural Design: Curtis Design Group, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Fabulous Flip
Creating a fresh flip on the typical white ceiling detailed with wood beams, this Mapleton home’s living room is crowned with a vaulted ceiling surprisingly clad with wood and accented with white beams.

Builder: Regent Custom Homes, Interior Design: Olsen Home Interior Design, Architectural Design: Inouye Design, Photo by Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Crowned with Views
A windowed cupola tops a soaring dome that crowns an Orem home’s tranquil sitting area.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Shelby Homes, Interior Design: Allison Campbell Design, Architectural Design: Inouye Design, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Bold and Black
Painting the interior of this tray ceiling black creates a simple-yet-striking décor move for this Saratoga Springs bedroom.

Builder and Interiors: Firefly Homes, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Seamless Color
The sloped ceilings of many top floors can be a decorating challenge. Where do the walls end and the ceilings begin? This Lehi home proves that painting the walls and ceilings in a single color can make the area feel large, open and cozy.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder and interiors: Blake Miller Homes, Architectural Design: Inouye Design, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Top Grain
Rich planking delivers the warmth, color and natural patterns of wood to the large tray ceiling of this Lehi bedroom.

Builder and interiors: Symphony Homes, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Modern Move
Mixed wood tones accentuate the jaw-dropping shed ceiling in this modern Lehi home. High clerestory windows illuminate the expansive surface with abundant natural light.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Aesthete Dwellings, Architectural Design: Inouye Design, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Divide and Conquer
Dressed in warm wood, a pair of dropped ceiling panels—cleverly detailed with center cutouts—help visually define the separate yet open kitchen and dining areas while adding modern character to the adjoined spaces of this Highland home.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Davies Design Build, Interior Design: Maven Design Company, Architectural Design: Inouye Design, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

On the Grid
In Highland, wallpaper introduces an element of surprise to a tray ceiling while nodding to the wood-paneled wall’s grid pattern below.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Davies Design Build, Interior Design: Maven Design Company, Architectural Design: Inouye Design, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

White Out
A beefy coffered ceiling adds bold architectural detail and engaging dimension to the expansive white kitchen and dining area of this Highland home.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Alair Homes, Interior Design: Osmond Designs, Architectural Design: Landforms Design, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Paper Power
In Mapleton, wallpaper dresses the study’s ceiling with a cloud-like pattern. Because the paper flows seamlessly down onto the walls, it visually lowers the high ceiling to make the space feel more comfortable and cozy.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Valor Homes, Interior Design: Osmond Designs, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Squared and Spectacular
A grid-beamed ceiling make a bold statement in an Alpine home’s spacious great room. The beam’s large scale suits the expansive space and high ceilings.

Must-See Ceilings
Builder: Raykon Construction, Interior Design: Interior Concepts Design House, Architectural Design: Hebdon Studios, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Stripe it Rich
In Mapleton, narrow planks deliver eye-catching stripes that highlight the shape and length of this hallway’s arched ceiling.

Builder: Valor Homes, Interior Design: Osmond Designs, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Center of Attention
Beams add pattern and dimension to a white ceiling while drawing the eye to a central diamond from which the Mapleton home’s dining chandelier hangs.

Builder: Valor Homes, Interior Design: Osmond Designs, Photo: Ron Aguilar/Utah Valley Videos.

Explore more design trends from the 2021 Utah Valley Parade of Homes here.