Paint is the obvious choice for a simple decorative upgrade. Drywall, plaster and even some ceiling tiles are paintable, so you can give your ceiling a new look without a major remodeling job. Paint the ceiling a color that complements or contrasts with the walls. If you're artistic, transform your kitchen ceiling into a work of art. Stripe, chevron and harlequin designs look chic, elegant or whimsical. To add pattern without painting, cover the ceiling with wallpaper. Look for wallpaper made from vinyl or another easy-clean material in prints that complement your kitchen's style. Choose a large-scale graphic pattern for a modern kitchen, a classic floral print for a more formal space.