Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Popular Ceiling Styles

Conventional Ceiling
This is the ceiling so commonly seen in the vast majority of homes. Typically 8 feet high to conform to standard construction material sizes, conventional ceilings have a simple flat surface and accessible height, making them easy to decorate.

Suspended Ceiling
This is a secondary ceiling that 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
This is a dramatic ceiling style has a gird of sunken panels divided an accented by molding. The effect creates a waffle-like pattern that takes a commanding role in a room. Coffered ceiling of the past were works of art made with carved stone or prized wood species. 

Cove Ceiling
This style is characterized by curved molding that joins the wall and ceiling in a smooth tradition, creating a hollow recess or cove overhead. With no sharp corners or lines to define the edges of he room, the look is soft and graceful. Cove ceilings are often the crowning glory of a well-appointed, formal room.

Tray Ceiling
These ceilings are flat with a rectangular center that is either "popped out" or inverted to add architectural interest. Recessed lighting is commonly featured in this exiling style. Tray ceilings are often seen in kitchens and dining rooms. Because of the two levels of ceiling height, tray ceilings can make a small room look taller.

Cathedral Ceiling
Visually impressive cathedral ceilings have high, equally sloping sides that join like an upside down V a the highest point possible, usually the peak of the roof. 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. 

Vaulted Ceiling
This 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. Like its cathedral ceiling counterpart, a vaulted ceiling adds volume, giving the illusion of a much larger room. 

Shed Ceiling
This ceiling has a flat surface, like a conventional ceiling, that slants upward to one side. These ceilings are typically seen in homes with dormers or are built to accommodate an attic space above. The uneven wall height created by the rise of the filing gives the room a refreshing charm. 

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