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