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Drawback Ceilings That Might Undoubtedly Wreck Your Room



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

Nevertheless, there’s a three-year-old put up about downside ceilings. So, I’m remodeling it and together with a bigger part on vaulted ceilings.

Plus, slightly 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) :]


decorating lessons - beautiful mouldings-ceiling trim detail - problem ceilingsThe ceiling above just isn’t 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 downside ceilings.

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


Most likely the commonest downside 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 put up.

Additionally, please have a look at this put up about boxy, boring properties with low ceilings.


A few of these tips to make a ceiling seem as tall as potential embrace the addition of:



Additionally, please try 16 methods to make your small rooms look bigger.


And, there’s one other machine for making the ceiling seem larger.


I speak on this put up 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 put up.


Nevertheless, a super-dark shade may even really feel heavy, and if it’s a big room, it’s probably going to really feel oppressive.


Lately, I noticed the place a younger designer had proudly painted a large architrave beneath 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 rest room, portray the ceiling navy or black might be an efficient method to carry the ceiling larger. And it can be fairly stylish.


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

Above and beneath is Nancy Keyes’ incredible renovated grasp rest room. The ceiling shade is a tender black – Benjamin Moore Onyx. And sure, Onyx is without doubt 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 at the least 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

Go away 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
Nevertheless, Nancy’s ceiling appears to be like to be 9 ft. I reckon that the black ceiling would nonetheless be positive in a rest room with an eight-foot ceiling.

Listed here are some extra concepts for darkish ceilings

And, please try 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 downside ceilings.

There’s just one worse ceiling concern.

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


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


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


There are two primary methods to eliminate the hideous popcorn. Nevertheless, it depends upon when you have a ceiling that appears extra like fossilized seven-minute frosting or extra like painted coarse corn grits.


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

However, I positively advocate having an expert maintain it. However, in the event you insist, please guarantee that your ceiling and paint is freed from asbestos and lead. Put on protecting gear.


IF the popcorn may be very even and low, it’s potential 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 fabricated from paper or a cellulose product.


Anaglypta Paintable 33

Right here is one sample that’s both the identical or similar to what I had on my kitchen ceiling for 16 years. I beloved it! My boys at all times 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 may see a nasty photograph of it right here.


Anaglypta wallpaer ceiling - solution for problem ceilings


Above is a greater photograph 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 finest for older properties or a house with a quasi-vintage appear like our outdated townhouse tried to have. haha.


For an expansive and low ceiling as in an open flooring plan, right here’s what I feel 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 put up 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 put up and what would make sense is so as to add a beam going perpendicular and probably one other put up, some place else, if essential for symmetry.

my old home awkward floor planAbove is a floorplan of our outdated townhouse. There’s a put up situated simply as you come up the steps from the entrance door. It’s tough to see right here, however there’s a metal beam lined with sheetrock working alongside the size of the room connected to the put up. You may see it higher in the event you return to the unique put up.

We might’ve run a fake beam working perpendicular and intersecting the put up if we had needed to. I don’t assume that might’ve seemed good on this case, nevertheless.


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


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

One in all most favourite shoppers 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 outdated. 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 gorgeous coffered ceilings.

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

Must you paint the within of a coffered ceiling?




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

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


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


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


Stunning workplace earlier than carried out by Nicole Balch of Making It Beautiful 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 beneath by Tim Barber


Fabulous rest room. I really like the accent of the aqua above the tile. No downside 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. Nevertheless, Cathedral means symmetrical, and vaulted might 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 relating to vaulted ceilings. It’s not tough to do.


However, first, one beautiful asymmetrical vaulted ceiling that works, for my part.


original source unknown half vaulted ceiling


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


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


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 feel.


Problem Ceilings


First, the one-sided vaulted ceiling just isn’t accessible to drag off.


It might rapidly appear like a “lean-to.” However add to it these oppressive, heavy beams, heavy stone put in to match the pitch, and boring brown cabinetry that feels fallacious.

However, we are able to add in the ever-present unhealthy lighting we had been simply speaking about. What additionally disturbs me about this area is that it’s attempting to be symmetrical however simply misses by about three or 4 ft.

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

A dearer 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 area above the cupboards.


Are you able to ever stain the beams darkish?


Sure, however largely 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 incredible job on this beautiful household room/library. She achieved the right steadiness with a hunky leather-based couch and a stunning Oriental rug. – photograph – angle eye pictures, on Instagram.

Plus, Liz’s lovely web site.

Angle Eye Images’s web site


Liz can be demonstrating one other glorious therapy 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 working 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 incredible, unadorned soffit. I like it and the white-on-white to unify the entire parts.


However, right here’s one other don’t do that relating to vaulted downside 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 positive to run a plain three or four-inch piece of wooden, as you see beneath.

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 try his beautiful portfolio!


Let’s maintain 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. Superb, all of us want to begin someplace, and I had many failures in my early years, however golly gee. I feel 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 strategies on make it higher besides to color all of it out and slipcover the furnishings with seagrass rugs.


The next sort of downside ceilings typically are tray ceilings.


Nevertheless, I don’t have any unhealthy 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 feel portray the ceiling taupe gives nice steadiness on this elegant eating room. That is additionally a wonderful resolution when there’s ample area above the window. The architectural detailing is fantastically carried out right here. It is 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.)


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


The remainder of the put up just isn’t about downside 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 numerous respect for somebody who has the talent, persistence, and spinal column power wanted to perform one thing like this. Should you like this or simply need to fantasize in regards to the risk or can afford to have another person do it, please have a look right here. It’s a wonderful web site stuffed with tons of great photos.


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



The grasscloth texture gives on the spot heat to this elegant design by inside designer Brian Gluckstein.


To shut, I’ve another vaulted ceiling that I feel might use some assist.


Actually, I bought so into it; I ended redoing your entire area. If I had identified that, I might’ve saved a while.


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Okay,  let’s overlook in regards to the horrid furnishings and structure and concentrate on the vaulted ceiling. And, the opposite architectural parts.

As you possibly can see, there is no such thing as a 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 observed that there’s a window AND a door on the best aspect. So, we now have three window/door parts in a single room, all at completely different heights. Who does that? By no means thoughts. Individuals do stuff like that the entire time!


After all, 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 is going to appear like a shade is pulled down a part of the best way.) 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 feel a comparatively easy working 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 good, 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 ought to be if it had been a window?


That one component alone helps this area rather a lot!

Sometimes, I don’t face a settee away from the hearth, however perhaps 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 slightly. The colour may be very near certainly one of the 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. Actually, it’s in all probability a cool shade of off-white. I’m unsure which one. At first, I assumed white, nevertheless it appeared slightly 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. Nevertheless, it may be ordered in quite a few different materials they carry. Or, you possibly can present your materials.

After all, 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 delivery! Wow! That’s large!


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


six types problem ceilings - dozens of solutions


And right here’s one other put up with a number of architectural ceiling element and a few breathtaking ceilings.


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