Ceiling Detailing

28 Sep Ceiling Detailing


When decorating rooms, and homes in general, people often take for granted the details that go into walls and ceilings. Walls and ceilings provide blank canvases to add unique aesthetics to different styles of architecture. Molding, trim, and wainscoting have been consistently used to do just that- make a space feel finished and pulled together. Below, we break down some new methods for making your walls and ceilings more interesting.

Recessed Ceilings

Recessed ceilings, more commonly known as tray ceilings, occur when the central portion of the ceiling is higher than the surrounding area. What we love about recessed ceilings are that they create the illusion of height in a given space. Most of the time, recessed ceilings are rectangular in nature and mimic the shape of the room, but they can also be done so that they take an alternate geometric design. Recessed ceilings typically have several layers and can vary in depth depending on how much of a statement you want to make. They look best when bordered with various crown molding.


Contrast Ceilings

Another architectural detail to pay attention to is contrast ceilings. Different paint colors affect your perception of a space. Light colors on a ceiling make the room feel bigger, while darker colors tend to bring the height of the ceiling down. The important point is that contrast between both colors has to be minimal in order to get the effect of a light, open space.


Wood Detailing

Depending on the style of the home, wood paneling is another architectural detail that can give a space some charm. Planked ceilings can either be painted white or left a natural wood color depending on your preference. Typically, they look best in rooms that are less formal such as a kitchen, screened in sunroom/porch, and or a mudroom.

If you don’t like full paneled wood, you can great creative with beams or other wood detailing such as the ones below:




Wallpaper on the ceiling is another fabulous way to add a print into a space, that otherwise might feel too overwhelming if the entire room was wallpapered. If you do not like patterns, textures, such as grass cloth look nice as well. Below, is an example of a Phillip Jeffries riveted wallpaper that was well executed with coffered ceilings. The combination makes the ceiling look like a work of art.




By: Chelsea Georgio

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