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10 Creative Ceilings for Your New Home

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10 Creative Ceilings for Your New Home

Often times the ceiling goes ignored during the construction of a home plan design.  Flat drywall gets a simple paint job with matte white paint and voila! But how about entirely rethinking the ceiling?  The height, shape, style, and color of your ceilings can affect the overall mood in each space. 

Consider incorporating a few of these 10 ceiling styles that are guaranteed to elevate the elegance of your new space.

1. Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings are a luxurious option that adds character and warmth to any space. The sunken grid pattern in the Savannah house plan is designed by combining crown molding and a beamed ceiling. This eye-catching outcome adds visual interest to the ceiling and oftentimes increases the resale value of a home.

Savannah House | Traditional Home Plan | Coffered Ceiling

 

2. Cathedral Ceilings

Cathedral ceilings are symmetrical in design with equal steeply sloping sides meeting at a ridge in the center of a room.  This type of ceiling creates a classic, timeless look and makes even the most petite space appear larger than life.  The Whispering Valley Farmhouse boasts a spacious great room that is airy and light thanks to its soaring cathedral ceiling and light finishes.

Whispering Valley | Farm House Plan | Cathedral Ceiling

 

3. Vaulted Ceilings

The contemporary meaning of a vaulted ceiling is a ceiling that is higher than 8 feet, and not horizontal. Usually, it will have two angled surfaces meeting at a high point, although the shapes can be more complex as presented in the Tres Le Fleur house plan. Vaulted ceilings add dramatic volume to homes making them a popular choice among homeowners and builders.

 Tres Le Fleur | Craftsman House Plan | Vaulted Ceiling

 

4. Tray Ceilings

Tray ceilings complement practically all styles of architecture and add detail to the stark ceilings oftentimes found in expansive rooms.  The shape of a tray ceiling often mimics the contour of the room through a drop-down border around the perimeter of the ceiling.   Trays can be oval, circular, rectangular, or other shapes if desired. The Pebble Creek house plan master bedroom is adorned by a double tray for an added dramatic look.

Pebble Creek House Plan | Tray Ceiling

 

5. Beamed Ceiling

 A beamed ceiling is characterized by exposed beams on a flat or vaulted ceiling.  This popular style adds visual interest to a typically overlooked part of the room.  An excellent example of this ceiling treatment is evident in the family room of the Shadow Creek luxury house plan.  The growing demand of beamed ceilings has resulted in the addition of faux beams in architecture that may not require real wooden beams to be exposed. 

Shadow Creek House | Beamed Ceiling

 

6. Dome Ceilings

A dome ceiling is a spherical ceiling that rises like a dome. Dome ceilings are customarily traditional in style and add elegance to various interior spaces such as a foyer, dining room, or study. In the Strathmore Hall mansion house plan, a decorative dome ceiling adds visual interest and elegance over the sweeping curved staircase to the second floor.

 Strathmore Hall House Plan | Dome Ceiling

 

7. Vaulted Ceilings with Flat Center

We know vaulted ceilings are a popular choice among builders and homeowners alike, so it's good to know now all vaults are built the same.  Vaulted ceilings with a flat center section are excellent alternatives when the roof limits usable space or a soaring ceiling is not desired. 

Whispering Valley | Farm House Plan | Vault Flat Ceiling

 

8. Barrel Ceilings

The La Vogue two-story house plan flaunts a remarkable barrel ceiling in the master bedroom.   A barrel ceiling is curved in appearance and mimics a half-barrel if the barrel was cut in two lengthwise.  Because of its sleek curves, the barrel ceiling has a distinctively elegant look and can easily be incorporated into any design scheme.

 La Vogue House Plan | Barrel Ceilings

 

9. Tall Ceilings

Tall ceilings is a general term used to describe towering flat ceilings that may extend as high as 1-1/2 to 2 stories. This type of ceiling can make a room feel grand and luxurious, but it can also create a feeling of less intimacy and warmth.  The Positano stunning Tuscan house plan boasts a modern interior complimented by two-story-high windows and a catwalk with views from the 2nd floor.

Positano House Plan | Tall Ceilings

 

10. Regular Ceilings

The most common type of ceiling found in homes is the regular, flat ceiling. A regular ceiling ordinarily ranges between 8 to 10 feet high and commonly incorporates recessed lighting. This cost-effective choice is a great complement to spaces that boast ornamented interior decor. The Abby Glen Castle house plan is an outstanding example of a luxurious kitchen that is complimented beautifully by a simple, regular ceiling treatment.

Abby Glen Castle | Regular Ceilings

 

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