8 Different Types of Ceilings to Beautify Your Home
Published February 5, 2020
When most people design their dream homes, they mainly think about elements like the landscape, roof, and walls. To most, ceilings are a mere afterthought; just having one overhead suffices. But you can miss out on a major design opportunity when you overlook them. Ceilings are fantastic at giving off a sense of spaciousness to our homes. They also come in many different patterns and textures to complement your home’s overall aesthetic. With that, here’s a list of eight of our favorite ceilings to beautify your home.
8 Types of Ceilings For Your Dream Home
Conventional ceilings are often finished with drywall then painted. They’re plain, flat, and seamless. Because of this, people often view them as bland and boring. Here are awesome alternatives to add a touch of luxury to your home.
Barrel Vault Ceilings
The first type on our list is the barrel vault ceiling. Barrel vault ceilings consist of a single arch that runs the entire room’s length, built right under the roof’s rafters. You’ll often see them made with wood or bricks to give off that classic European aesthetic. They’re called “barrel vault” because the curved arch resembles half of a barrel.
Beamed ceilings are those with their beams exposed instead of covered. Beamed ceilings come in all different kinds of looks. They can have between a few to many beams integrated onto a flat or vaulted ceiling. Vaulted is an umbrella term that refers to ceilings that are raised or elevated. The best beams are made from timber, giving the room a nice, rustic feel. Beamed ceilings just as easily fit into a room with a more contemporary style, too, though. Others may also opt for faux beams for their cosmetic value over installing real wooden beams.
Cathedral ceilings are those that have equally sloping sides that meet in the middle, creating an apex. They’re named Cathedral ceilings after Europe’s grand cathedral interiors. Cathedral ceilings create an awesome, dramatic view over the space it towers. The one downside to this type is that it prevents you from building a second floor directly above it. Of course, many homeowners avoid this problem by limiting this ceiling to only a limited part of the house.
Originating from Ancient Greece, coffered ceilings are typically found in grand halls and with good reason. Coffered ceilings inject depth and elegance to any room with their grooved wood or fiberboard panels. Coffered ceilings follow the same approach as beamed ceilings but take them a step further with crown molding. Typically, you will see the beautiful square or rectangle panels overhead as the primary designs.
Coved ceilings come in different forms, but they typically follow an overarching concept. Coved ceilings will gradually elevate towards the center. Some elevate more steeply than others, while you also have stepped ones. You would typically see these ceilings in home theaters, as they give a cool and comforting vibe.
Dome ceilings are spherical ceilings that rise like a dome. They can range in different sizes from the entire ceiling to just a portion. Dome ceilings create a grand and elegant look to any room. One thing we recommend doing with a dome ceiling is installing a chandelier.
Groin Vault Ceilings
Groin vault ceilings are the perfect representation of what angles and curves can do. They come together to form this amazing, visually-pleasant, 3D-design. This type of ceiling consists of partial domes and arches, creating powerful visual elements.
Shed ceilings are another type of vaulted ceiling often seen in modern houses. Shed ceilings consist of ceilings that angle upward or downward while having only one leg. The slope of these ceilings varies from steep to subtle, but either provides a great overall look.
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About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.