The glossy white ceiling of this Coogee Beach, Sydney, home is by no means subtle. It's flashy and reflective, snazzy and arresting. But it works because the home — complete with a dreamy interior courtyard — has been designed to the nines. An "unfinished" room could not pull this off; it'd be like wearing a khaki shirtdress with rhinestone Louboutins.
I would consider this effect in a smaller room and in a darker shade — perhaps Benjamin Moore's Old Navy? The white is a little too Miami for my tastes. What do you say?