A Victorian house was meant to impress and this was true with houses in the Gothic style too. The ideal ceiling was vaulted or ribbed, usually in plaster. In some houses, the wood panelling used on the walls was carried onto the ceiling.
Whatever the materials used, the more elaborate and complex designs were used in the hall, drawing and dining rooms. In larger houses, the other public ground floor rooms would have had a similar treatment.
Plaster was painted in tones from the walls, perhaps picked out in a contrasting colour or even gold. Wallpaper was also used in the areas between the plaster or wood ribs.