Ceiling Styles

Ceilings are always overhead, but they are often overlooked as places to make a statement in your home’s design. Considering ceiling color, texture, and architectural details can be an unexpected way to make the design of a room really pop. 

In houses with interesting roof lines, the slant of the ceilings provide a varied canvas to start from. This cathedral ceiling adds height to this home office. Lining the ceiling with rustic beams also draws the eye up and adds texture above the prominent crown moulding.

For historical homes, incorporating ceiling decoration in keeping with the style of the house lends an authentic feel. Exposed beams, for example, are trendy and consistent with this classic Tuscan style (bottom left). In a Tyrolean-inspired ski cabin (bottom right), we used a dark contrasting paint between the exposed beams for a cozy-elegant feel in the mudroom. 

A classic coffered ceiling is an elegant option for certain homes. The contrast color in this guest suite’s ceiling (below left) adds a modern touch to a classic design style, plus definition and height to the feel of the room. In this dining room, the ceiling adds historical context to the Greene and Green style house. 

A coffered ceiling can also be used to divide one area of a room from another in homes with large open living spaces, as in this variation of a coffered ceiling with clerestory in our Tuscan kitchen.

Painting this beamed cathedral ceiling all one color unifies the two areas of the room, and the all-white look makes the space feel larger. In a traditional project, we might have painted the large beams an accent color, but here minimalist white was a better fit for a contemporary look.

Whether you make creative choices with your existing ceilings, or work with an architect to install a unique ceiling just for you, careful treatment of what’s overhead can transform your space.

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