Faux-finished tray ceilings, vines, and damask pattern. I love painting ceilings--it becomes a 5th wall to decorate in the room. I heard once (Debbie Travis or Christopher Lowell quote?) that leaving the ceiling white is like a slip showing below a skirt. If white is part of your decorating scheme, that is different. But neglect is a choice, and forgetting about that wonderful ceiling surface is sad!
This angel/putti only lived on the soffet for a day. The client's husband came home, hated it, so I painted it out, added more swirls to match other side.