When designing your own custom home, you have full control over all aspects of the design. This means you can make decisions about everything from the large things like floorplan and layout to the smallest details like molding. One often overlooked aspect of home design is the ceilings. Many people leave the ceilings flat and white because they don’t realize there are so many options—or they simply forget to consider their options when it comes to the ceilings. So for your own custom home, don’t neglect your ceilings. Even if you do decide to leave them flat and white, be sure to consider the alternatives and make a decision based on your own needs and aesthetic desires. Here are a few options available for ceiling design.
Vaulted ceilings are a very common ceiling option. For the most part, a vaulted ceiling is made to follow the slope of the roof, instead of being flat. These ceilings give a great impression of space. Depending on the roof and the positioning of the room, the ceiling may have two slopes that meet in the middle, or only one, or may be slightly uneven.
Exposed beams often accompany vaulted ceilings or other kinds of ceilings that aren’t flat. Normally a flat ceiling is built beneath the beams that hold the roof up, but with a raised ceiling, the beams can be left exposed. This will often give a rustic or country feeling, although the beams can also be finished or decorated for a more modern look.
Tray ceilings are cutouts in an otherwise flat ceiling that are raised above the surrounding ceiling. Often lighting will be mounted within these trays. These recessed areas can help create focal points in the home layout and might be visually appealing above beds or living rooms.
Coffered ceilings are a repeated pattern of square recesses. This is the ultimate in textured ceilings. Often the central square will feature an elaborate lighting fixture or ceiling fan, while the others may or may not have individual, smaller lighting fixtures.
Besides these architectural designs, a ceilings can be textured, papered, or painted in a style that reflects the kind of look you want for your house. Whatever your desires are for your new home, be sure to consider how the ceiling will best reflect and augment the design of the rest of your house. Whatever you do, don’t neglect the ceiling, and be sure to contact Harden Custom Homes for all your needs in constructing your new custom home. Call us today at (239) 205.5075.