Coffered Ceilings

Ooooooh how I love a coffered ceiling!

A coffered ceiling consists of recessed panels in the shape of  a square, rectangle or octagon. Or you can think of it as a grid of beams and moulding. I think when asked, many people would envision a dark wood-panelled library; something like this:

©Midwestern Wood Products Co.

©Midwestern Wood Products Co.

Or a lounge for you cigar aficionados…

Las Vegas Cigar Bar

Las Vegas Cigar Bar

When decorating a room, it is easy to get caught up in the “fun stuff”…the furniture, accessories, etc. But the architecture of a room can create an environment and a feeling all on its own. It is so common to forget the ceiling all together, especially in new builds with 20 foot high spaces. Put some detail on that ceiling and make it more cozy and intimate!

Installing a coffered ceiling is actually less complicated than one would imagine. There are some great DIY websites detailing their methods as well as made-to-order ceilings!

And don’t think your coffered ceiling must have that dark and smokey feel. You can use this architectural feature with many styles of decor…

New York penthouse…

©Architectural Digest

©Architectural Digest

 Midwestern kitchen…
©Raleigh Cary Home Improvement

©Raleigh Cary Home Improvement

L.A. dining room…

Berman House Dining Room

Berman House Dining Room

Beach house living room…

Country Living Magazine photo credit Keith Scott Morton

Country Living Magazine photo credit Keith Scott Morton

And one alternate ceiling treatment for Sonja that I couldn’t pass up!

Ginger Barber from House Beautiful

Ginger Barber from House Beautiful

Here are some excellent DIY links I found:

OK, now give me your favorite ceiling treatment tips!!

xoxo

Amy

8 thoughts on “Coffered Ceilings

  1. Thanks so much, I love all the varieties that you can go with on a coffered ceiling! Great examples! My living room, we are remodeling, is 44X17ft, which I am breaking up into a central fireplace/seating area, with a family/tv watching area on the right and a music/study on the left. Without creating any walls, I thought the coffered ceiling could help define each area and beef up the lackluster architecture original to the house. I must show you the before and after~they will amaze you. Another ceiling treatment I am doing is a rectangular drop in the ceiling that I am having the painters lacquer so the light from chandelier really shines; the ceiling in the dining, I would like to put on a metallic bronze or silver paint-I am having way too much fun! Thanks for helping me out sweet Amy! I love your creativity here!

  2. Thanks for all the great ideas! Love the variety of coffered ceilings that you gave. My living room, which we are remodeling, is 44X17ft, and to break up expanse of space, I thought a coffered ceiling would help define areas. The central area will be a fireplace/conversation area, the tv/family space is on the right, and the music/study area on the left. I agree that ceilings are ALWAYS overlooked, how many white ceilings do you see in other houses; I am guilty in my own till now! The coffered look will also give a huge boost to the otherwise lackluster architecture original to the house. Other ceiling treatments I am doing is a rectangular drop in the kitchen ceiling over the island that will have a lacquer finish to bounce light from the chandelier. The dining, I am putting a bronze or pewter metallic paint on the ceiling. Yes, I am having way too much fun! Thanks for helping me out sweet Amy, your creativity is refreshing!

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