We seem to think a white ceiling is the right ceiling, but after walking through the San Antonio Parade of Homes, an element seen throughout were decorative ceilings. There were large dome ceilings, tray ceilings, recessed ceilings outlined by molding, and extravagant coffered ceilings. The most common places for these decorative ceilings were the entry, living/kitchen and master bedroom. These areas warrant a little extra focus because of the more sophisticated vibe they give off. It can influence the entire design of the home.
Depending on how you design the ceiling, it can make a space appear smaller, larger, casual or formal. Lighter ceilings open up a room while darker shades create a more intimate and cozy space. Coffered ceilings with detailed trim work add character to traditional spaces while suspended ceilings work well in modern homes. Tray and recessed ceilings create depth and dimension. Accenting it with molding or a lighting feature helps define the space.
There are so many opportunities when it comes to ceiling designs, and choosing to incorporate some unique ceiling details will help complete the design. The key is to address the ceiling at the beginning of the design process to ensure that detail gets added.