The ceiling details add ambience to a bedroom in a home by Wolf Custom Homes.
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From a 20-foot high vaulted great room to a custom created coffered detail with clay inlay in the dining room, the ceiling is a hotspot for design and one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to create stunning architectural and design moments.“Ceiling detail offers a level of texture that you can’t get just from typical architectural details. It just adds so much character and a design depth,” says Amy Koehn, vice-president and lead interior designer at Wolf Custom Homes in Calgary.The most common way to spruce up a ceiling is at the architectural level with cathedral, coved or vaulted angles. A double story great room would be a perfect place to add a vault, a ceiling angle that follows the pitched roof line, creating an upside down V shape, adding interest, grandeur and upping the light factor. Vaults can also be curved at the top to resemble one side of a barrel, adding a softness to a space, much like a coved ceiling, which has rounded or curved walls, sometimes culminating in a dome-like shape, pulling from the ceiling styles of Middle Eastern architecture.Once the architectural aspects are in place, then the design details can be layered in to character and drama.Greater depth and warmth can be achieved by adding in details like beams and trusses to a vaulted ceiling, while flat ceilings can be transformed from ho hum into something out of Architectural Digest by simply adding a coffered or tray design.“We are seeing a lot of coffered ceilings right now with the detailing being done in raw oak. It gives a Restoration Hardware, Modern Farmhouse type of appeal,” says Koehn.A coffered ceiling can be a true work of art, incorporating a handcrafted box or grid-like design (sometimes a curved grid pattern will be used) with recessed panels that can be planked, painted, or inlayed with tile or clay.Much like a coffered ceiling, a tray ceiling adds instant visual appeal, and has the added effect of creating a cosy ambiance. Tray ceilings are cut upward, like an inverted tray, often with stepped edges and beautiful artistic detailing, like a hand-painted mural, wallpaper, tile, planking or a saturated colour to add depth. The tray design also provides an opportunity to showcase an extraordinary lighting feature.A coffered ceiling, like a tray ceiling, can be implemented anywhere in the home, but has greater impact when created on ceilings with ample height.Koehn says it’s all about creating a feeling in a home.“A flat ceiling versus a coffered ceiling is the difference between a cold living room that feels like it doesn’t have character and a warm living room that makes you want to cosy up with a blanket and a cup of tea,” she says.Koehn also notes that ceiling details stand out in any room, but adding them to rooms with the most visual impact will give you the greater bang for the buck, starting with the heart of the home — the kitchen.“Most people live in their kitchens, so why not make them extraordinary,” says Koehn.She suggests a coffered ceiling with raw wood plank detailing to tie in with the island and cabinetry. “You can also think about adding some open shelving in the same wood.”The dining room and office also call out for some ceiling interest.“Ceiling detail is a very simple way to create a space that makes you want to linger.”Adding a tray or coffered ceiling to a dining room creates drama and elegance, while in the office, the look adds sophistication and interest.“It just adds more detail. When you bring in a desk and add some shelves, it just makes it pop,” says Koehn, who recommends that all of her clients add ceiling height and detail to their home design regardless of their home size or price point.“Ceiling detail just adds a personal touch and loads of customization. “It ‘s a minimum cost, but it adds maximum value,” says Koehn.