Coffered ceilings are a great renovation choice for nearly any home. These ceilings bring a completely new look to a room with relatively little effort, yet remain quite versatile and flexible. If you’re tired of your current home interior and you want to make a big impression, this would be an excellent remodel to pursue.
Special thanks to Jason Tilton of Tilton Coffered Ceilings for the infographic below about coffered ceilings.
Here are 3 things to keep in mind when remodeling your home with coffered ceilings.
Coffered Ceilings are Ideal for 9′ Ceilings
If your home is relatively new, chances are high that the ceilings are 9′ tall, which is a very popular height for new single family homes. A 9′ ceiling is perfect for coffered ceilings as the additional height means that box beams won’t make the room seem too small. In fact, coffered ceilings increase overall value and the house in question tends to sell more quickly.
Don’t Limit Yourself to Just One Design Idea
Traditional square grid box beam ceilings are beautiful in their own right but don’t forget that coffered ceilings come in different designs. You could stick with box beams but try geometric patterns of hexagons, for example. If you like things clean and crisp a contemporary coffered ceilings with thin beams matching the ceiling is very attractive. Keeping beams exposed and using rough sawn lumber will add a rustic vibe to your home.
Play with Colors for Added Effect
When working with box beam ceilings, like traditional or geometric coffered ceilings, don’t forget how important color is. Painting the interior of the boxes a crisp white while the dropped beams themselves are a dark gray or navy can look dramatic yet not “too much”. You can even add hints of bold colors, like gold or rich maroons, on just the crown molding within each box if you’re hesitant about too much color.
Coffered ceilings have really come a long way, going from an expensive permanent building process to one that could be a weekend DIY project for a handy couple. Coffered ceiling kits are easily found and even a custom box beam ceiling cost can be surprisingly affordable.