6 Intricate Ceiling Designs that Inspire

6 Intricate Ceiling Designs that Inspire

A ceiling is one of the most overlooked parts of a home. Yet when designed with intricate mouldings, a ceiling can have enormous impact on a room's design. Detailed ceiling mouldings reconfigure the energy flow of a room, become a new focal point, or can unify different design styles. Today, we feature Dale Robbins, designer and ceiling expert from Alex Mouldings with world-class taste. If you are interested in updating your ceiling, or just looking for new design ideas, look below for ceiling design inspiration.

1 Alex Mouldings recently completed an interior design project, and in this post, reveals which options you have available to you, and which challenges are most common when designing a new ceiling.

Detailed Ceiling design idea inside coffer

Picture from Alex Mouldings

The dining room featured above connects with the kitchen and great room. After dozens of different approaches were reviewed with the client, this ceiling design was the winner. 

When selecting the perfect ceiling design for your particular space or room, one of the most distinct challenges is choosing one that works with your existing layout. Every house is different, and different room designs can present more options or more issues

In the case of this room, the ceiling is in the shape of a rectangle, which was fortunate. Square ceilings are nortiously difficult to design. 

A coffered bulkhead box on the perimeter was chosen,  and a chandelier was hung in the center of the room inside a small square.

Ceiling decor pattern idea

Picture from Alex Mouldings

2. Another challenge is identifying when a ceiling style works with your home. 

You want to ask yourself, "What style is my home?"

If you're not sure, this article reveals 9 common interior design styles. Most homes are a mix between styles, as many homeowners consider the functionality of an object or select decor that they like, rather than buying to create one cohesive decor style.

Determine Room style

Picture from Hammond Design

3. Integrate your ceiling pattern with your paintings and furniture. 

This living room is an excellent example of when the ceiling and decor are playing off of each other. The light furniture on a light color rug contrasts well with dark walls and dark bookshelves. The lightness of the wall trim and ceiling then make the fireplace stand out as a noticeable accent. The effect is tasteful and modern. 

Matching ceiling decor with dark paint

Picture from Michael Abrams

4. Play with the lines.

Notice that the lines in the ceiling are sharp and curvy, while the stairwell and floor paneling are linear or cubic. The contrast of lines turns this into a visual feast for the eyes.

(The image below received over 5,500 saves on Houzz.)

combine wainscoting with ceiling trim

Picture from Zaio Hardwood

5. Crown moulding is an option.

Before you make a ceiling pattern, you can decide on crown moulding. Another option is to design the crown moulding and ceiling pattern together. In the picture below, the border between the crown moulding and the ceiling pattern are painted a light blue. It's even lighter than the blue used for the walls, which gives the feeling of continuity.  

crown moulding with ceiling pattern connection

Photo from Rinfret

Do you also see that the sun room in the back has the same ceiling pattern in a different size? This indicates that the rooms are the same space.  

6. Adding cove indirect lighting to moldings.

Cove lighting looks good with many design styles, and serves to enhance them. If used with a matte paint, the lighting will reflect a smooth, indirect shine that doesn't irritate the eyes. Most designers recommend a 6-inch wide bulkhead to use cove lighting, although it can still be attractive on a narrower space. 

Cove lighting with coffered ceiling and ceiling trim pattern

Picture from Aspen Ridge Homes

In this photo above, the white trim on the walls look rich without drawing too much attention from the ceiling. The brown color of the furniture, drapes, and flooring give all the contrast necessarry.

The picture below shows how cove lighting can be used to create a deeper contrast between the wall and ceilings.

Cove lighting on coffer with ceiling pattern

Picture from Zaio Hardwood

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Content written by Emma Alois

Photos and content ideas provided by Dale Robbins from Alex Mouldings