Home Design is Looking Up

Don’t let your ceiling become an afterthought.

When designing a new space or updating an old space, there is a lot to think about. People can spend hours mulling over paint colors, hardware options, cabinetry finishes, and other details, but one aspect that tends to be neglected: the ceiling.

The ceiling is just as much a design opportunity as elements such as light fixtures or flooring. It can be an unexpected focal point, drawing visitors’ attention upward and adding character to a space.

Now, let’s take a look at just a few options to turn your standard ceiling into something spectacular!

Tin Ceiling

Tin ceilings not only add texture to a room, but they also offer historical charm. They became popular in the 19th century because they were a more affordable option than plaster, but tin ceilings are finding their way into more and more homes today.

Tin Ceilings

Vaulted and Barrel-Vaulted Ceilings

In general, vaulted ceilings give a room height and the illusion of more space, but it’s important to consider the scale of the room. If the ceiling is too high, the area can feel too large and become a cold echo chamber. Barrel-vaulted ceilings offer a soft arch and depart from a typical vaulted ceiling, which can provide more architectural interest to a room.

Left: Vaulted Ceiling with Box Beams; Right: Barrel-Vaulted Ceiling

Tray Ceilings

With a recessed area resembling a tray, these ceilings can contribute to the spacious feel of a room. There are many ways to highlight a tray ceiling – paint, moldings, wood planks, and other details. It is also a great opportunity to feature lighting.

Tray Ceiling

Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings use recessed panels and a grid pattern to add dimension and architectural charm to a room, often created with beams or plaster. They can also offer space to hide ducts, pipes, and other mechanical items.

Coffered Ceiling

Beam Ceilings

Exposed or painted beams often give a space a timeless, rustic elegance. It is a great way to add a touch of masculinity to a room, whether you use reclaimed or paint-grade wood to match the space’s color scheme.

No matter which style you choose for your space, consider getting creative with the materials you use. There are many options other than drywall – painted or stained wood, barn boards, tin (as previously stated), metal, brick, and other interesting items.

It’s okay to think outside the box!

Top: Beam Ceiling; Middle: Beam Ceiling with Barn Boards; Bottom: Beam Ceiling with Brick

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