If you're like me, it's no fun to spend money earmarked for decorating on basic repairs like the water damage on this ceiling.  Unless, you can turn that necessary repair into an opportunity.  This room has the beginning of a stunning space with the formal moldings and inset recessed alcove but the blank, boring ceiling is doing nothing for the room.  If this were my house, I would embark on a DIY coffered ceiling made easy with Armstrong Residential Ceiling tiles.  Using traditional methods, this could be a challenging DIY carpentry project but with these ingenious drop panels you can get the look without all that effort.

My first choice would be a classic look using  Easy Elegance Coffer 24" x 24" panels in white.  Love the depth these create. 

Or I'd consider painting the room a rich, warm shade and choose these Shallow Coffer panels in black.

Another option would be panels that recreate the look of an antique tin ceiling.  I'm partial to the Metallaire Large Panel in Brass with their simple styling.

If this was your room, what would you do with that ceiling?

This post is sponsored by Armstrong. The opinions expressed are my own.