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For the fans of big Christmas trees. Vaulted ceilings are probably the most popular for living areas. These ceilings are angled upwards, in some cases they can have a curve to them but in traditional homes they're usually straight. These allow a home to have more space and feel larger than it's floor plan originally would imply. It allows more room for decorating, but it also requires more lighting, more heating and cooling to make up for the extra space. That extra space and shape can cause echoing, which gives an empty, industrial feel, if not properly addressed.

Coved ceilings are curved around the edges, breaking the line where wall ends and ceiling begins. This offers an interesting, different architectural element to a room. Any kind of curve in a house creates an added layer of difficulty, so it's not the most common of ceiling types... possibly what makes it so appealing to people. It can add the illusion of extra height to a room, which is another added appeal to it.

Also known as suspended ceilings, drop ceilings use hanging panels to form the ceiling. Not always the most attractive option, but very functional. If you have a lot of wires or plumbing and venting you need to access, say in a basement, then a drop ceiling is a really good option for that. It's easy to take the panels off, maybe wear some goggles to avoid dust, and they're easy to replace if one breaks. Let's say, a guest accidentally flings a shoe through your ceiling... A standard sheetrock ceiling you might have a problem, ceiling tile, easy fix.

Sometimes interchangeable with a tile ceiling, or panel ceiling, and sometimes confused with a drop ceiling. A coffered ceiling uses fancy tiles instead of sheet rock. It's usually a more elegant ceiling type, showcasing fancy woodworking or design, with the bonus of acoustics. A coffered ceiling has the ability to really cut down on noise and echo, making a dwelling cozier and more comfortable. So if your child decides they want to start a band... A bit of constructive remodeling may be suggested.

Also known as inverted or recessed, trayed ceilings are layered, like a sunken living room, but for your ceiling. These are usually used for focal points, "accent ceilings" you could say. Tray ceilings allow different colors to be used, give a sense of depth and space, they also help with acoustics, you can recess lights, they're arguably one of the most desirable, high end ceiling out there. They are a lot of install work, and it can mean a bit of extra dusting, depending on how fancy you get, but a well designed one is well worth the effort.

edited by Hilary Rothstein
2017 Advertising & Marketing Coordinator