Ceiling Ideas for a Home Remodel

We get it. Looking around your living space, you may notice that something doesn’t add up. The angles seemed a bit off, the space feels not well maximized, and even the ceiling looks either a little lower or a bit higher. You feel that your home screams for some remodeling.

Assuming you have the resources, remodeling one’s home is one of the most satisfying projects to work on. Nothing feels more fulfilling than recreating your home as a more livable and comfortable space. However, more than the tedious work that will inevitably come later, thinking about your home’s look and feel after the project should always come first.

Reconstructing the ceiling often comes later in the remodeling process. It is, in hindsight, pretty unfortunate, given that your fifth wall massively influences the ambiance of your living space. While your floor and walls might be well-decorated and well-furnished, having just the wrong ceiling style can ruin the entire room design.

Planning the ceiling style ahead of time can save you that hassle and give you the luxury of artistic freedom later in your project. We know that you may be getting a little tired of your old drywall texture ceiling. So, you can read on below as we give you some ceiling ideas you can use while remodeling your living space for you and your family


Depending on your budget, personality/design preference, and the space available in your home, you can choose among the following styles and ideas in remodeling your home. 

1. Flat Ceilings

Let’s start with the most common ceiling style that is standard in almost any average home. But, familiar as this ceiling type may be, we should never underestimate the beauty of simplicity. While not as fancy as other ceiling styles, a flat ceiling offers a blank canvass that you can decorate with various but only minimal ceiling decors.

Flat ceilings are ideal for houses with lower ceilings, as they provide an illusion of height. With your flat ceiling accented with minimalist installations such as pendant or light fixtures, you can turn that space into a considerably breathable and cozy room. You can also opt for high-gloss paint or a subtly patterned wallpaper to give that flat ceiling some personality.

2. Tray Ceilings

a tray ceiling with a crown molding and a lighting fixture at the center

Another simplistic yet impactful ceiling style is tray ceilings, also known as the inverted or recessed ceiling. This style features a ceiling where the center part is a couple of inches higher than the surrounding areas in the perimeter of the space. It is an excellent style for making your ceiling appear even higher.

Tray ceilings are commonly used in bedrooms and living rooms that have vast space and considerably high walls. They add an architectural treat to your ordinary space, making it more breathable. With artistic woodwork to go with your tray ceiling, you can turn every room in your home as elegant as you want them to be.

Most homeowners experiment on tray ceilings, incorporating various visual elements to make them more attractive. Some would line the edges of the recessed ceiling with dimmable LED lights to achieve that romantic ambiance. Others would install minimalistic chandeliers at the center or even paint a fantastic mural on that blank space to add visual depth to the ceiling.

3. Coffered Ceiling

a dining room with a plain white coffered ceiling

Borrowing inspiration from Baroque and early Renaissance architecture, the coffered ceiling offers a variety of possibilities for your boring fifth wall. This ceiling style is characterized by upward indentations in the ceiling, boxed by beams, and arranged in grid patterns of polygons such as squares, rectangles, and octagons, to name a few. The recessed panels that resemble a checkerboard are not just for aesthetics, though.

With this ceiling style, you can make the room appear more spacious while absorbing ambient sound. The grid-like pattern help disperse noise, making it more of a place for tranquility and rest. You can also add various visual elements like pendants, ceiling tiles, and chandeliers to the boxed panels to elaborate your home’s personality. 

Most homeowners go for this ceiling style due to its simplistic elegance and arguably eye-catching value in real estate. Some homeowners often add paintings to each sunken panel to create visual depth and drama. Nevertheless, others leave it as it is, raw, classic, and unpretentious.

4. Cathedral Ceilings

If you’re obsessed with symmetrical beauty, cathedral ceiling style is a perfect pick. Cathedral ceilings feature a symmetrical design where each side has a similar length that meets at the center to create an apex. It’s an excellent design for homeowners who have no plans on building a second floor in that particular space for their home. 

The slope created by each side of the ceiling provides vertical volume to your space, making it appear larger than it is. Having a cathedral ceiling not only gives your house a retro feel but also creates an open and dramatic space. This openness, in return, allows as much natural light as possible to enter your home.

5. Vaulted Ceiling

Vaulted ceilings are, in general, elevated ceilings. Due to its several variations, this ceiling style of often confused with cathedral ceilings. However, an experienced home innovator would instantly know the difference between the two.

Vaulted ceilings contrast cathedral ceilings; the former sits below the roof and can assume a different pitch. On the other hand, the latter follows precisely the shape of the roof’s pitch. The flexibility of vaulted ceilings allows for more creative freedom, like adding visual elements such as lighting fixtures.

Barrel-vaulted ceiling is a variation of this style, where the walls seem to curve and disappear into the ceiling. This style creates a smooth and curvilinear slope that makes the space feels soft and feminine. The barrel-shaped ceiling gives the space an elegant approach similar to that of a dome church. 

6. Cove Ceilings

If you are looking for a ceiling style that may work perfectly with various themes and designs, cove ceiling is your friend. A cove ceiling may be as simple as a curved framing at the exact point where your wall and your ceiling meet. But, it can transform your space into a classy, opulent one where design possibilities are endless.

Like the barrel-vaulted ceilings, Cove ceilings take care of the ragged and sharp 90-degree angles and give the above eye level of the room a soft transition from wall to ceiling. With a rounded finish, the space gains a more vulnerable and smooth ambiance. In addition, this ceiling style may be an alternative for expensive crown molding, saving you a few bucks.

7. Beamed Ceilings

Most rustic-themed houses feature beamed ceilings as they indeed evoke an aggressive, masculine, yet warm character. Beamed ceilings characterize the house with exposed joists and beams that create multiple angles to accent the barren-looking walls. This ceiling type allows for a classier approach in your home, as the naked beams provide texture and visual depth to the ceiling.

While most beam ceilings often use timbers, various alternatives are now available in the market to suit the homeowners’ demands. The material we choose for our ceiling is essential as it will ultimately determine the feel of the space once everything is done. We also have to consider the height of our ceiling once we opt for beam ceilings.

What’s neat about beam ceilings is that we can also incorporate artistic elements to match our house’s theme. Decorative beams are excellent if we want to make the house more integrated. Textured beams also add value to our space, creating individual stories for those who take time to gaze at them.