Ceilings so stunning they take your breath away

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Most of us don’t give our ceilings a second thought (or glance), but this oft-overlooked feature of every home makes an ideal canvas for inspiration. To wit, these decorative versions that practically demand you look up and take notice.

Designed by its owner, interior designer Howard Slatkin, this 11-room co-op at 1215 Fifth Avenue (priced at $10 million) features numerous rooms with embellished ceilings, including an entry gallery with ornate plaster ornamentation, an eat-in-kitchen done up in Delft-style tile, and this opulent dining room with walls and a ceiling hand-painted in Slatkin’s signature style.

This penthouse co-op atop 1185 Park Avenue (and for sale at $24.95 million) has five bedrooms, six baths, three exposure and—for ceiling-fanatics—a library overlooking the terrace with restored plaster ceilings, plus the formal dining room with ornamented ceilings pictured above.

For $11.5 million, you can score this five-story red-brick, neo-Federal-style townhouse at 171 East 70th Street with six bedrooms, five and a half baths, seven fireplaces, plus a library trimmed in decorative moldings and an ornate ceiling.

Built in the Jacobean Revival style, this limestone townhouse at 64 West 87th Street (yours for $12.75 million) was recently restored in all its opulent period glory, right down to oak flooring and staircase, ceramic faced fireplaces, wood-beamed ceiling and mantel in the second floor dining room, and the plaster ceiling with Rococo flourishes in this second-floor living room.


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