An Innovative Decorative Ceiling Treatment Makes a Grand Room

Yesterday I shared a craftsman style home that featured an amazing coffered ceiling in the dining room. As I thought about this often-neglected element in interior spaces, I decided it would be fun to write a post about different types of a decorative ceiling treatment.

Let’s start with a classic vaulted ceiling that’s lined in stained wood planks and beams. Oftentimes, a vaulted ceiling is left plain and then the room can sometimes feel cold and too expansive. Adding wood helps to warm the room with texture and color, while creating the illusion of the ceiling being lower, thereby making the space feel cozier. You can get this same effect just by painting a ceiling.

dining room vaulted stained wood ceiling
Photo by Jennifer Garner Interiors


You can take the wood-lined vaulted ceiling to the next level by adding industrial style metal beams, which also helps to lower the ceiling while retaining its architectural interest. 

modern rustic living roomPhoto by Jennifer Robin Interiors


This bedroom features my favorite decorative ceiling of today’s collection, although I wouldn’t want to paint this. This is perfect for a southern home, allowing the hot air to rise into the rafters.

coastal bedroom with amazing ceilingPhoto by Southern Studio Interior Design


Here’s the adjoining bathroom with its asymmetrical egg-shaped tub. Plantation shutters at the windows lend privacy when bathing at night. 

coastal bathroom with amazing ceilingPhoto by Southern Studio Interior Design


Have you ever considered adding tile to a ceiling? This butler’s pantry takes it to the next level with an arched roof, creating a tunnel-like vibe. 

arched tiled ceilingPhoto by Ellie Mroz Design


Is this the ultimate lodge-like living room or what? The wood in this room is exquisite yet doesn’t feel too heavy due to the expansive window with amazing views. The stone fireplace is the perfect complement.

vaulted wood ceiling in living roomPhoto by Cargill Construction Co LLC


A lot of new homes feature tray ceilings in the master bedroom, and lining it with wood is one way call attention to it. A contrasting coat of paint will also do the trick for less money. 

natural wood ceiling in bedroomPhoto by Set To Sell, LLC


I like the wagon wheel effect of the decorative ceiling in this elegant stairway foyer. It’s perfect for a circular space. The arched doorway emphasizes the curves in the architecture. 

wood ceiling in foyer - unique ceilingPhoto by lisa furey interiors


If you have a higher ceiling, consider adding a coffered treatment. You can use detailed beams like this bright and cheery living room, or incorporate simpler, flat molding and beams. Dark blue paint makes the white pop. 

transitional family room with coffered ceilingPhoto by A.S.D. Interiors – Shirry Dolgin, Owner


Wallpaper makes a statement on a ceiling. I’ve been seeing this bird pattern everywhere lately. It’s certainly appropriate for a ceiling, don’t you think?

mint green laundry room - decorative ceiling wallpaperPhoto by


If you don’t have beams or a vaulted ceiling, you can always paint your ceiling a new color. Dark colors give the illusion of a lower ceiling while lighter colors create a sense of spaciousness. 


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  1. I saw the bird wallpaper on an episode of Farmhouse Fixer. I’ve been looking for it. Do you, by any chance, have a source for it?

    Thank you for your help. I always enjoy your blogs, along with Pond and Garden.

  2. I have to say I love the bird wallpaper best. I like a solid color of wood better than the 2 tone, because I think that seems too busy over my head.

  3. That bird wallpaper would make laundry day fly by! My other favorite is the room with the stone fireplace. I would be flipping the sofa around though, to enjoy that beautiful view.