Apr 14, 2011

How ceilings add style to your new home.

 Used to be that an 8 foot flat ceiling was about all you would get when you built a new home. Today there are so many options you might have a hard time deciding which one to use.  I thought I'd give you a few examples of what is popular today.

 Even in smaller homes 9 foot ceilings are becoming the standard. The higher ceilings add style and give the feeling of a larger space. Great grandmas house probably had 10-14 foot ceilings, perfect in the south for summer but not much fun in the winter -  with just a fireplace.

Coffered Ceiling - is a ceiling make of sunken panels in the shape of a square, rectangle, or octagon. They can be simple or very complex in design.

Simple Coffered Ceiling in our DP-2818

Cathedral Ceiling - usually sloped in two directions. I love to use cathedral ceilings when there will be dormers in the room. I have never cared for those deep shafts left by flat ceilings around dormers.

Barrel Vault - This ceiling looks like a half barrel cut lengthwise. This is a very strong and beautiful ceiling used in complex or formal designs. Click the highlighted text to see a newer way of making a faster, less expensive barrel vault ceiling.

Recessed or Stepped Ceiling - Can be recessed once or several times. This ceiling gives extra height to a room. Usually trimmed with crown moulding, this area may be painted the same color as the rest of the ceiling or highlighted with another color. Ceiling materials may be changed in the recessed area to give a different feel to the room.

Simple Recessed - Tray ceiling in our DP-2607 painted white.

 Recessed Ceiling accented with paint and trim

 Keep in mind when you order your ceiling fans, recessed lights and surface mount lights your ceiling. A higher ceiling will require an extension on the ceiling fan. Recessed lights on a sloped ceiling should be eye-ball style if you want to point them different than the slope will allow.

Don't want to have a high ceiling but want something different? Paint them a different color than white for a modern look. Finish them with stained or painted wood planks.... just use your imagination.

Until next time, have a great weekend everyone!

DesignHouse Inc.

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