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5 Inspiring Ceiling Styles for Your Dream Home

If you think you’re stuck with a conventional flat ceiling in your home, think again. There are plenty of great ceiling styles that can transform an otherwise ordinary space into an extraordinary canvas for décor opportunity. In many ways, the ceiling sets the tone for the entire space. Here are five gorgeous ceiling styles and designs you may want to consider incorporating into your dream home.

1. Exposed Beams Ceilings

For a more rustic vibe, many homeowners are opting not to cover their ceilings and instead leaving the beams and pipes exposed. This can offer the space a more lofty, open feel as well as a touch of unique character.

Ultra modern living room with exposed wooden beams

Redesigned Family Room by Rethink Renovations, photo by Dayna Pollard Photography

Exposed steel beams have their own charm on a ceiling

by Murphy & Co. Design

Fancy wooden beams ceiling in the kitchen

by Alexandre Parent / Ecologia Montreal

2. Tray Ceiling Styles

This sort of ceiling type features a cut-out design in which the mid part of the ceiling is recessed. Generally the lighting fixture(s) are mounted into the deepest part of the ceiling. In order to add definition, some homeowners have chosen to paint the inner part a different color than the rest.

White tray ceiling with recessed lighting in the living room

by Mark English Architects

Tray ceiling for the living room


Tray ceiling paint ideas for the bedroom

by Marcia Nease-Baer’s Furniture Sarasota

3. Vaulted Ceiling Styles

This type of ceiling features slopes, which may be angled to the shape of the roof. Sometimes vaulted ceilings feature equal slopes that meet in the middle while others are uneven or feature only one single slope.

Vaulted ceiling with four large skylights for a bright loft

by Feldman Architecture

Barrel-vaulted ceiling captures and frames a beautiful view

by Arthur Dyson Architects

4. Coffered Ceiling Styles

One of the busiest options, coffered ceilings feature repeating sunken square or rectangular panels. Generally the primary lighting fixture or ceiling fan is hung from the centermost panel while other panels may feature recessed lighting. This ceiling is great for creating character in a room with very little supporting décor.

Dining room coffered ceiling style

by Dewson Construction Company

Coffered Ceiling design for the kitchen

by Redbud Custom Homes

Light blue walls and fancy coffered ceiling

by Structures Building Company / Photo by Holger Obenaus

5. Domed Ceiling Styles

These ceilings are most often implemented into large, grand homes and mimic the circular dome of an ancient church or government building. Sometimes, the dome is capped with a skylight or stained glass oculus to let in natural light and add greater dimension to the ceiling.

Interior domes ceiling design beautifully lit

by ibrahim radwan

Highly elegant ceiling dome design

by Willman Interiors / Gina Willman

However, whatever ceiling style you select, remember that there are always limitations based on the construction of the home. Luckily, if you can’t change the style in which your ceiling has been built, you can always jazz it up with a fresh can of paint.

Carrie Dagenhard

Carrie is a seasoned blogger, entertainment journalist and all around professional wordsmith with a passion for interior design and home organization. A self-proclaimed eternal wanderer and neat freak, she enjoys sharing her eclectic tastes and zeal of creating a beautiful and balanced space through DIY home décor. After graduating with a degr[...]

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