Aerial décor can be used to not only lower ceiling height and make a space seem more intimate and enclosed but also to add interest and intrigue. Ceiling décor is an important aspect of all events as it is one of the first elements noticed and appears in photographs. Here are some examples of a few imaginative, creative and mesmersising ceiling décor:

1. Hanging Origami

This unique décor idea is also a frugal one that although time consuming would fit within your event budget. Creative types can string together different pieces and create stunning effects like this option which uses cranes to simulate flying above the tables. Plus, as they are made from paper you can have a variety of patterns or colours to suit your theme too.

2. Aerial Entertainers

Make your decor interactive and include entertainment or performers overhead that are in keeping with your event theme. There are an array of options from hoop artists (as in this example) or you could opt for something different such as stilt walkers, aerial trapeze or silks which would be from ceiling to floor to put on vibrant displays or merely be in the background.

3. Floral Arches

These can create an event path, or when placed close together can be used to create amazing event entrances or tunnels to transport your attendees from one aspect to another. Floral arches are also a great way to create confines for outdoor events and give the venue a deliberate feel rather than a large expanse.

4. Projection Displays

Use light instead of actual décor and project images or colours onto a wall or ceiling to add interest (or hide things you want to mask). You could project or create interesting backdrops in keeping with your theme or interactive light shows to entertain attendees.

5. Umbrella Ceiling

This fun and quirky idea is budget friendly and can have some functionality at outdoor events too, particularly if you are trying to create a canopy effect across a smaller space. Opt for different colours and go vibrant or alternate and add more of a deliberate effect. Skincare brand La Roche-Posay’s street promotion in 2013 brought a colorful suspended installation of branded parasols to New York’s Madison Square Park.

6. Lanterns

A great décor idea that makes your venue easily transition from day to night and you can accommodate any colours or décor themes. You could group them together for a more clustered feel and brighter lighting in one area or spread them apart for softer, mood lighting.

7. Hanging Light Pieces

Made from Perspex, this installation at a science museum creates a beautiful effect that when combined with the LED lights can also be interactive and change effect according to music. It helps to add some décor to this massive venue with high ceilings.

8. Inflatable Shapes

Large inflatables can add an extra dimension to your event theme and can be easier to transport and manoeuvre than actual props. For bigger venues you can opt for something static and tied down or you can have floating options as well as travelling which are weighted down to string and a weight and can be moved around. This is particularly useful for character inflatables.

9. Quirky Props

These bird cages are a fantastic example of how quirky pieces can add to the aerial décor of a venue. In this case filling them with floral arrangements compliments and detracts from the ceiling above while also creating a whimsical feel.

In this image, giant spinning Ferris wheels hang from the ceiling above rows of palms at Stanley Field Hall for the opening of the World’s Fair Exposition.

10. Fabric Draping

A diverse and budget friendly option that can help transform a venue with minimal cost if you are willing to do it yourself. Fabrics of varying materials, sizes and colours can create a false ceiling effect, entrances, hanging décor or can be used to cover large windows to reduce and adjust the lighting in a more cost-effective way.

11. Script Banners

Use script and giant letters to give a floating illusion when in the air. This gives a more magical feel and can draw the eye better than a standard printed option which can come across as bland, particularly at trade shows or exhibitions where they are most commonly seen.

12. Indoor Swings

You can have them hanging at higher levels for entertainers to swing above attendee heads as awe inspiring entertainment or incorporate them into a participatory activity or quirky event seating option for guests by having them lowered further to the ground.

13. Modern Globes or Balloon Ceiling

This beautiful and modern interior design not only creates a focus point but also an art piece as the globes hang intertwining. This is a clean and sophisticated example of how aerial décor can wow attendees and create certain vibes and aesthetics.

For a Coca-Cola event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a ceiling installation design was inspired by a burst of bubbles exploding from a Coca-Cola bottle. The installation lit up in gold whenever athletes won a gold medal.

14. Hanging Centrepieces

There’s a simple reason why hanging centrepieces are loved so much by event-planners. Not only do they add intimacy to a high-ceilinged room, but they decorate tables without getting in the way of conversation.

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