3 Ways to Change Your Ceiling and Upgrade Your Space



The right ceiling treatment can make a room feel elegant, cozy, or dramatic.

You have the floors perfected and the walls finalized, but don’t relax quite yet because your room is still not complete. Ceilings are often overlooked, but ignoring yours will inhibit your room from reaching its full potential. This forgotten space can have a dramatic impact on the final look and feel of your room. The right ceiling treatment can make a room feel elegant, cozy, or dramatic. It will make your entire design scheme cohesive from top to bottom, because, contrary to popular belief, people will notice the large surface area over their heads. Here are some of the most common ceiling treatments that you may want to consider to increase the aesthetic appeal and value of your home.

 
Painted Ceiling
If you want to keep your fifth wall simple and cheap, paint is your best option. You can create a variety of different results by changing the color and shine of the ceiling. For example, if you want your ceiling to appear higher up than it really is, opt for high-gloss, light-colored paint. Both details will help reflect the light and give the illusion of extra space. Change your hanging lights to recessed ones and your room will look even bigger. On the contrary, a dark-colored paint will add intimacy to your room, making it the perfect option for a sitting room or bedroom. Dark, matte paint can also add a level of refinement to an upscale space.

A coffered ceiling can make your room look bigger and your home more valuable.

Coffered Ceiling
The coffered ceiling is all the rage today and can be seen in both luxury and modest homes. Simply put, a coffered ceiling is a raised checkerboard design created with wooden beams and recessed panels that are finished the same way as a traditional ceiling. This type of ceiling works great in both modern and traditional designs: In a modern room, you will want the beams to stay straight and simple, but in a traditional room you can add crown moldings to them. When the coffered ceiling is complete, your room will not only have more character, but it will also have improved acoustics and better noise reduction. Not to mention, a coffered ceiling can make your room look bigger and your home more valuable.

How detailed or simple the tray ceiling is varies greatly from home to home.

Tray Ceiling
When you really want to make a statement, then the tray ceiling is for you. A tray ceiling is when there is a cutout in the ceiling that resembles the shape of a tray (i.e. a rectangle, or some variation thereof). Most tray ceilings are indented about 6-12 inches, but they can also be dropped depending on the use. They are often seen in dining rooms or bedrooms because the rectangle shape goes perfectly with the table or bed below them. How detailed or simple the tray ceiling is varies greatly from home to home. If you want to add a tray ceiling to your room, you might want to consider adding a contrasting paint color, decorative lighting, or crown molding to the interior of the tray cutout for an even more dramatic effect.

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