Downside Ceilings That Might Positively Wreck Your Room




A few of you begged me to do a submit about vaulted ceilings.

Nonetheless, there’s a three-year-old submit about drawback ceilings. So, I’m transforming it and together with a bigger part on vaulted ceilings.

Plus, somewhat shock I labored manner too lengthy on. However, it was enjoyable eliminating the fugly.


Okay, you recognize, a nasty ceiling can actually deliver down a room. (no pun meant) :]


The ceiling above is just not one of many issues. We first noticed this magnificence right here a number of summers in the past.


There are about six main kinds of drawback ceilings.

So, let’s soar in a go over every one and the most effective options.


In all probability the commonest drawback ceilings of us have is:


The ceiling is simply too low.


However, sure, we simply went over that one right here. So, we don’t need to dwell on it an excessive amount of. Please see the low ceiling submit.

Additionally, please have a look at this submit about boxy, boring houses with low ceilings.


A few of these methods to make a ceiling seem as tall as attainable embrace the addition of:



Additionally, please take a look at 16 methods to make your small rooms look bigger.


And, there’s one other system for making the ceiling seem greater.


I discuss on this submit about the most effective ceiling paint colours. There are extra within the Laurel Residence Paint/Palette Assortment.


What about portray the ceiling tremendous darkish? Is that good for a low ceiling? In spite of everything, darkish colours make partitions and ceilings recede, as mentioned on this submit.


Nonetheless, a super-dark shade will even really feel heavy, and if it’s a big room, it’s almost definitely going to really feel oppressive.


Not too long ago, I noticed the place a younger designer had proudly painted a large architrave underneath her small crown moulding. That’s a horizontal piece, and this one was about 12″. And on an 8′ ceiling with white partitions, it seemed oppressive to me.

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However, in a small room, like a toilet, portray the ceiling navy or black may be an efficient approach to elevate the ceiling greater. And it may also be fairly stylish.


Nancy Keyes - bathroom after - wainscoting - brass chandelier - problem ceilings -Benjamin Moore Racoon Fur black ceiling

Above and under is Nancy Keyes’ unbelievable renovated grasp rest room. The ceiling shade is a comfortable black – Benjamin Moore Onyx. And sure, Onyx is likely one of the Laurel Residence assortment paint colours. It’s a contact softer and hotter than pure black.


Nancy Keyes - black ceiling bathroom after brass chandelier - Benjamin Moore Racoon Fur black ceiling

Nancy really despatched me these photos no less than 5 years in the past! What’s humorous (to me, anyway.) is that the earlier than pics are additionally beautiful!


Nancy Keyes - bathroom before - zebra chair - stained wooden door

Depart it to Nancy to create a stunning room, in any case. There could have been another points that result in the reno, as effectively. I really like each the earlier than and after!


Nancy Keyes bathroom before
Nonetheless, Nancy’s ceiling appears to be like to be 9 toes. I reckon that the black ceiling would nonetheless be effective in a toilet with an eight-foot ceiling.

Listed below are some extra concepts for darkish ceilings

And, please take a look at this different fabulous rest room that Nancy Keyes did.

However, what if we now have a room with a low and expansive ceiling?


Sure, that’s one of many worst drawback ceilings.

There’s just one worse ceiling situation.

A low, massive, expansive POPCORN ceiling. (please click on on that for plenty of nice concepts for drawback ceilings)


I can’t consider one adorning situation from the twentieth century that confounds me greater than the all-too-common popcorn ceiling.


I’m positive that there should’ve been a logical cause for it. Did somebody suppose that it helps with acoustics? Not a lot, I don’t suppose, however they positive do suck a lot of the accessible gentle. They’re simply one other of these dangerous concepts made in style within the second half of the twentieth century. And, now we need to rid the planet of popcorn; on drawback ceilings, that’s.


There are two fundamental methods to do away with the hideous popcorn. Nonetheless, it will depend on in case you have a ceiling that appears extra like fossilized seven-minute frosting or extra like painted coarse corn grits.


In both case, it’s attainable to take away a popcorn ceiling.

However, I positively advocate having knowledgeable handle it. However, in the event you insist, please make it possible for your ceiling and paint is freed from asbestos and lead. Put on protecting gear.


IF the popcorn could be very even and low, it’s attainable to cowl it with numerous merchandise.



What’s anaglypta wallpaper?


It’s a heavy, embossed wallpaper that may go on the wall or on the ceiling. It’s normally product of paper or a cellulose product.


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Right here is one sample that’s both the identical or similar to what I had on my kitchen ceiling for 16 years. I liked it! My boys all the time stated it seemed like paper towels. Haha. And, sure, it’s paintable. I had it professionally put in, after which the contractor painted the paper high-gloss white.

You possibly can see a nasty picture of it right here.


Anaglypta wallpaer ceiling - solution for problem ceilings


Above is a greater picture of anaglypta wallpaper on a ceiling. (sorry, supply, unknown) There are quite a few patterns to select from. As you possibly can see, it mimics the look of a tin ceiling and so works greatest for older houses or a house with a quasi-vintage appear to be our previous townhouse tried to have. haha.


For an expansive and low ceiling as in an open flooring plan, right here’s what I believe is a good suggestion.


I might add both beams or very shallow coffers. (we’ll get to that in a sec)

Generally the beam will make sense as a result of there’s already a submit holding up the ceiling someplace. That could be a logical place to run a beam if there isn’t one there already. However typically there’s the one submit and what would make sense is so as to add a beam going perpendicular and presumably one other submit, elsewhere, if essential for symmetry.

my old home awkward floor planAbove is a floorplan of our previous townhouse. There’s a submit situated simply as you come up the steps from the entrance door. It’s troublesome to see right here, however there’s a metal beam lined with sheetrock operating alongside the size of the room hooked up to the submit. You possibly can see it higher in the event you return to the unique submit.

We might’ve run a pretend beam operating perpendicular and intersecting the submit if we had wished to. I don’t suppose that might’ve seemed good on this case, nonetheless.


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Hallow coffers on a low, expansive ceiling, like above (with or with out the beadboard), is a superb option to break up a low, expansive ceiling.


family room with low coffer 8-foot ceiling height - new addition

One in every of most favourite purchasers from 2003-2012 (with some breaks in the course of the recession) added this beautiful kitchen household room addition in 2008. I can’t imagine it’s almost 14 years previous. Loopy! These ceilings are solely eight-feet excessive, however they don’t really feel low in any respect.


In my portfolio, there are quite a few examples of lovely coffered ceilings.

One other drawback with a coffered ceiling is perhaps if it’s darkish and heavy AND in a big house like we noticed right here.

Must you paint the within of a coffered ceiling?




I by no means have, however you possibly can. I believe the ceiling needs to be excessive. And certainly, for a coffer as deep because the one above, it must be no less than a ten-foot-high ceiling.

Subsequent up in Downside Ceilings are these pesky attic ceilings with all types of angles, dormers, pitches. It will probably get complicated as to what’s the ceiling and what’s the wall?


I normally paint it ALL ONE COLOR. In so doing, it should assist the room look softer and fewer uneven. I usually do a shade of white or cream. However I’ve additionally performed khaki and grey.


problem ceilings - attic ceiling - room by Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely


Lovely workplace earlier than performed by Nicole Balch of Making It Pretty for the One Room Problem™.

Have a look at all of these loopy angles!


Room by Nicole Balch of Making Lovely. And she did!


And the completed room! Nice job!

The wall shade is Benjamin Moore Brandy Cream oc-4 and 1030


Above and under by Tim Barber


Fabulous rest room. I really like the accent of the aqua above the tile. No drawback ceilings right here!


Tim Barber


His work is completely superior!


For extra blue ceiling and wall concepts, click on right here.


Associated to the attic ceilings are the aforementioned vaulted ceilings or cathedral ceilings. The phrases are used interchangeably. Nonetheless, Cathedral means symmetrical, and vaulted may be asymmetrical. However, typically that may be fairly terrible.


Okay, let’s have a look at some issues I discovered that I very a lot don’t advocate that you just do in terms of vaulted ceilings. It’s not troublesome to do.


However, first, one beautiful asymmetrical vaulted ceiling that works, in my view.


original source unknown half vaulted ceiling


This, after all, is a country, farmhouse-type room. Sorry, I don’t have the supply accessible for you. If anybody is aware of, please let me know.


However then, we now have this vaulted ceiling mess under.


really bad vaulted ceiling Problem Ceilings

Let’s emphasize how bizarre this all is by highlighting these weird panel mouldings. Horizontal beams going throughout can be rather a lot higher, I believe.


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First, the one-sided vaulted ceiling is just not accessible to drag off.


It will probably shortly appear to be a “lean-to.” However add to it these oppressive, heavy beams, heavy stone put in to match the pitch, and uninteresting brown cabinetry that feels unsuitable.

However, we are able to add within the ubiquitous dangerous lighting we had been simply speaking about. What additionally disturbs me about this house is that it’s making an attempt to be symmetrical however simply misses by about three or 4 toes.

How would I repair this? Nicely, the most affordable, which Nancy Keyes did, and it appears to be like wonderful, can be to color every thing white. By the way in which, Nancy is just not in any manner low-cost. lol, She simply didn’t really feel like placing cash into this a part of the home.

A costlier manner can be to cowl the stone after which create extra of a deep tray ceiling by following the angle on the left after which bringing the ceiling straight throughout for the hearth chimney, after which bringing the angle all the way down to match the left. Then, I might additionally fill within the house above the cupboards.


Are you able to ever stain the beams darkish?


Sure, however principally it’s when the partitions and ceiling are painted a wealthy, medium to darkish shade.


Liz Walton Home - Instagram - photo - angle eye photography - gorgeous, no problem ceilings hereLiz Walton from Liz Walton Residence on Instagram (please observe her) did a unbelievable job on this beautiful household room/library. She achieved the right stability with a hunky leather-based couch and a stunning Oriental rug. – picture – angle eye images, on Instagram.

Plus, Liz’s lovely web site.

Angle Eye Pictures’s web site


Liz can be demonstrating one other wonderful remedy for a vaulted ceiling which is the flying crown or flying cornice, as it’s identified within the carpentry commerce.


As you possibly can see, the crown sits slightly below the vault operating horizontally, with the impact of flying, I suppose.


bhdm design vaulted ceiling - wonderful - no problem ceilings hereBHDM, a design agency in New York Metropolis, did a unbelievable, unadorned soffit. I like it and the white-on-white to unify the entire components.


However, right here’s one other don’t do that in terms of vaulted drawback ceilings.


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Working a crown moulding on the angle is simply plain bizarre to me.

What to do as a substitute?

Nicely, it’s effective to run a plain three or four-inch piece of wooden, as you see under.

cathedral ceiling - bedroom-peter-mcdonald-architect - no problem ceilings in this beautiful bedroom
Architect Peter McDonald did a stunning job with this lovely coastal bed room on Cape Cod. Please take a look at his beautiful portfolio!


Let’s preserve going with a number of extra fugly vaulted ceilings.


no outlining vaulted ceiling - Problem Ceilings - please do not pin to pinterest

Above is a digital design I occurred upon on Instagram. Positive, all of us want to begin someplace, and I had many failures in my early years, however golly gee. I believe this one is self-explanatory.


cathedral ceiling - weird mural - big Problem CeilingsThat is from an actual property itemizing. Cash and style don’t essentially go hand in hand. No different phrases right here. And no options on easy methods to make it higher besides to color all of it out and slipcover the furnishings with seagrass rugs.


The next sort of drawback ceilings typically are tray ceilings.


Nonetheless, I don’t have any dangerous examples, solely beautiful tray ceilings.


Julie Nightengale - beautiful job with this dining room and love the architectural detailing and how she dealt with this problem ceiling

Julie Nightingale

I believe portray the ceiling taupe gives nice stability on this elegant eating room. That is additionally a superb answer when there’s ample house above the window. The architectural detailing is fantastically performed right here. This can be a flying crown moulding with out the vault.




Beautiful eating room by Darryl Carter. The colour appears to be like like Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments. (one of many Laurel Residence colours.)


Putting entrance by Laura Covington. Pale blue, gray, greens are completely beautiful for ceilings.


The remainder of the submit is just not about drawback ceilings however some attention-grabbing concepts for adorning extra common sorts of ceilings.


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Royal Design Studio

Oh my, this was stenciled on! I’ve loads of respect for somebody who has the talent, endurance, and spinal column energy wanted to perform one thing like this. Should you like this or simply need to fantasize concerning the chance or can afford to have another person do it, please have a look right here. It’s a superb web site crammed with tons of fantastic photos.


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Supply unknown. However I really like this stenciled design on the ceiling.



The grasscloth texture gives instantaneous heat to this elegant design by inside designer Brian Gluckstein.


To shut, I’ve yet one more vaulted ceiling that I believe might use some assist.


In truth, I obtained so into it; I ended redoing your entire house. If I had identified that, I might’ve saved a while.


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Okay,  let’s neglect concerning the horrid furnishings and structure and deal with the vaulted ceiling. And, the opposite architectural components.

As you possibly can see, there isn’t any adornment in any way on the vaulted ceiling. However, one thing’s off. Can anybody see what it’s?


Sure, Pamela. I noticed your hand go up first. ;]


It’s these two very lengthy skinny home windows flanking the hearth, proper? And why are they a lot taller than the Palladian window and door?

Bingo! You get an A+, Pamela. Thanks. ;]

Consider it or not, I simply seen that there’s a window AND a door on the precise facet. So, we now have three window/door components in a single room, all at totally different heights. Who does that? By no means thoughts. Folks do stuff like that the entire time!


In fact, we’re not going to rebuild the home. (You’re going to see all of it visually in a sec.) However, right here’s what I might do.


I might deliver these home windows down on the within. (It’s okay; nobody will discover on the skin. It’s going to appear to be a shade is pulled down a part of the way in which.) Simply take off the moulding, add a bit of sheetrock to deliver them all the way down to the suitable peak, after which put again the moulding.

I believe a comparatively easy operating crown or horizontal piece for the vaulted ceiling. After which run about three or 4 horizontal beams painted white.

Beneath, I did simply that in a digital redoing of this room. It’s not excellent, however I like the way it turned out.


living-room-cathedral-ceiling-nov4Earlier than and

living-room-cathedral-ceiling-flying crown mouldingAfter.


Do you want how I moved the mirror as much as the place it needs to be if it had been a window?


That one aspect alone helps this house rather a lot!

Usually, I don’t face a settee away from the hearth, however possibly this can be a tremendous deep room, and there’s one other sitting space by the hearth.

I assumed doing the fake marble charcoal grey, and the white-ish flooring can be enjoyable. I really like how the big diamonds of the ground play off the angle of the vaulted ceiling. Sorry, it’s barely off-center.

Additionally, I brightened up the inexperienced partitions somewhat. The colour could be very near one of many Laurel Residence Paint Assortment colours, Benjamin Moore, Sherwood Inexperienced.


sherwood green hc 118 Benjamin Moore Sherwood Inexperienced hc-18

The ceiling is the palest blue-green. In truth, it’s in all probability a cool shade of off-white. I’m unsure which one. At first, I assumed white, but it surely appeared somewhat too stark. I like this higher.


Kennedy Sofa - Jayson Home

The couch is the Kennedy from Jayson Residence.

It comes normal on this lovely peacock velvet. Nonetheless, it may be ordered in quite a few different materials they carry. Or, you possibly can present your materials.

In fact, the yellow chair is my very own. The producer discontinued it.


Jonas Lie - American painter early 20th century impressionist

If anybody is , the portray within the again is by American painter Jonas Lie, 1880-1940. There’s a portray over a hearth within the Bronxville Library by him similar to this one, solely higher. It’s massive and luxurious, and I have to take a pic of it the subsequent time I’m in Bronxville for a go to.


The gorgeous Chinoiserie china cupboard or bookcase is out there at Chairish, and it says free transport! Wow! That’s massive!


vaulted ceiling and furnishings before and afterplease pin to Pinterest for reference


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And right here’s one other submit with plenty of architectural ceiling element and a few breathtaking ceilings.


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