Central Florida Home Design: Dramatic Ceilings

Mon, Nov 02, 2015 at 4:45PM

Have you ever walked into a home and had your breath taken away? If so, there’s a good chance you can thank a dramatic, well-designed ceiling. This often overlooked part of a room can make a big impact on guests’ first impressions and, of course, your enjoyment of the house.

How can you achieve the “wow” factor in your own home? In today’s blog, we will be discussing five ways you can get the look.


A coffer is a sunken or receded panel in a ceiling, separated from other coffers with ceiling beams. The end result is a dramatic design that adds dimension and intrigue to the top of a room. Coffers don’t have to be square panels—they can come in other “interlocking” shapes like octagons or rectangles as well. For rooms where you want to keep a simpler design scheme, the ceiling can be all the style you need.

Vaulted ceiling

If you’re tired of popcorn ceilings or other dull, low-hanging styles, a vaulted ceiling might be for you. This style of ceiling is characterized by its arched form, providing more vertical space. A vaulted ceiling isn’t just a hugely popular structure because of its dramatic look—in smaller spots, it can create the illusion of space and a feeling of openness. While not always, vault ceilings will often come with visible beams that add even more interest to your ceiling space. (You can dress up the beams by painting them a contrasting color to the ceiling).

Ceiling tile designs

Intricate tile designs aren’t just for the kitchen backsplash anymore. Dress up your ceiling with an intricate design or pattern of colorful mosaic tiles! These tiles can provide a pop of intrigue and color in rooms that are otherwise pretty standard. This type of ceiling design is most practical for smaller spaces, such as the ceiling of your bathroom.

Paint job

While it may not be the most conventional use of paint, don’t shy away from adding a splash of color to your ceiling. Choosing a bright, bold color and pairing it with more neutral walls is a great way to add interest to the top part of a room—or, instead of sticking to one color, add stripes or spots for an element of whimsy. If you decide to paint your ceiling, be sure to keep the rest of the room’s décor scheme simple. By doing this, you will be able to draw attention to the ceiling as a true focal point.

Ceiling curtains

One of the more temporary options, curtains are a dramatic addition to any ceiling (and are typically easy to hang!). Because curtains or anything else hanging from a ceiling in a small space may seem overpowering, consider using ceiling curtains only in select spaces. They are often used in bedrooms and can make your relaxing space feel even more soft and airy. Kids especially will love the fun, fantastical nature of curtains in their own spaces. Experiment with colors and textures you like—there’s no shortage of styles to choose from!

How do you dress up your ceiling? Be sure to let us know below!

Central Florida Home Design: Dramatic Ceilings

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