Ceilings – what’s up?

The style of your ceiling is more than structural. Ceilings are as integral to conveying interior design as the walls, flooring and furniture in a room. There are a surprising number of ceiling styles common in homes today – from a simple, flat surface that barely gets noticed to dramatic and decorative ceilings that really grab your attention.

Conventional ceiling - usually seen in the vast majority of homes. Generally 8 feet high with a simple flat surface and accessible height, making them easy to decorate.
Vaulted ceiling - has unequal sloping sides that meet at a high point in a room. The asymmetry is the result of one wall being higher than its opposing wall. A vaulted ceiling adds volume, giving the illusion of a much larger room.

Cathedral ceiling - have high, equally sloping sides that join like an upside down V at the highest point possible. Cathedral ceilings soar to 15 feet or higher, creating a dramatic design element, as well as an open, spacious feel to a room or entryway.

Suspended ceiling - or “drop” ceiling hangs below an existing flat ceiling. It’s made up of lightweight, acoustic ceiling panels laid into a metal grid that is suspended from the ceiling by hangers or wires. Suspended ceilings stylishly hide wiring, plumbing, mechanical fixtures and the original old ceiling.

Coffered ceiling - has a grid of sunken panels divided and accented by molding. The effect creates a waffle-like pattern that takes a commanding role in a room. Coffered ceilings of the past were works of art made with carved stone or prized wood species.

Cove ceiling - has curved molding where wall and ceiling meet in a smooth transition, creating a cove. The look is soft and graceful. Cove ceilings are often the crowning glory of a formal room.
Tray ceiling - are flat with a rectangular center that is either “popped out” or inverted to add architectural interest. These can be usually found in kitchens and dining rooms. Because of the two levels of ceiling height, tray ceilings can make a small room look taller.

Many different types of coverings can add depth, height or drama to your ceiling. From the metal or tin square plates to wood, light or dark, it depends on if you are trying to cover something up or create that dramatic effect.   


Carolyn Brooks

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