Do It Yourself states that the type of wood most often selected for use on home ceilings is pine. However, it describes other woods, such as cherry or cypress, as giving a more distinctive look. Since a ceiling isn't subject to the heavy use that a floor receives, there are more wood-ceiling options to choose from.
According to Do It Yourself, ceilings made from wood tiles are simpler to install than those made from wood planks. Wood tiles are available in a wide variety of wood types with many different styles and designs, but wood planks provide a more dramatic result.
This Old House recommends using wood paneling to achieve the classic look and feel of a New England cottage. Wood paneling is available that is made of plywood. Other wood paneling is made of solid wood or solid-wood tongue-and-groove board paneling, depending on the look desired and budget.
It suggests choosing a wood ceiling in the plywood category manufactured by Georgia-Pacific called Ply-Bead. This wood product provides the look of a classic beadboard ceiling. This Old House recommends first applying a primer over the plywood paneling and then applying an opaque stain, which allows the wood grain to show through.