Feb 8, 2011

dressing up low ceilings

adding detail to the ceiling is a great way 
to add character to any space,
but i think that many people think that because they have 
"standard" 8' ceilings, they can't dress them up.
take a look at how this ceiling is treated 
with a simple, shallow molding.
it makes a HUGE impact, 
and, unlike a coffered ceiling, 
it would be relatively easy and affordable to install.
the ceilings in house # 5 were 9',
and we installed a coffered ceiling,
but we have looked at a handful of potential houses,
and they ALL have 8' ceilings.
so, the treatment in the above picture would be perfect
if house #6 does indeed have standard height ceilings.
of course, you could STILL do a coffered ceiling on
an 8' ceiling, but you would just have to make it shallow.
oh, and just to refresh your memory...
here is the family room of house #5.
it started off WAY too VANILLA for us,
but with a little bit of trim,
and some hardwood floors, and paint
we transformed it.
 wall color: brandon beige 977
ceiling color decatur buff HC-38
trim swiss coffee OC-45
floor: minwax provincial 211
oh, and be sure to check out 
my post about starting your OWN design file
at "or so she says" here.
(image via house beautiful)


  1. Swiss coffee is my all time favorite white! I love re ceilings... they make such a huge impact on he room!!

  2. Autumn a wonderful way to enhance a low ceiling. Gorgeous!!

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  3. That is a great idea to add character to the ceiling. Your space, as always, looks so comfortable.

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  4. Absolutely fantastic idea.
    Great transformation, Autumn.

  5. It does make a huge difference. I wouldn't have thought that this would be a good option for standard height rooms. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful example! -Diane

  6. Oh my gosh! I'm so glad I still have an option for a fabulous ceiling! I love this!

  7. what an incredible ceiling...i can't wait to get my hands on a house of my own one day :)

  8. Would have loved a coffered ceiling like yours in our recent family room redo. Builder said no can do. We do love our Brandon Beige in the living room!

  9. LOVE it! That ceiling looks really difficult to do. Was it?

  10. I so agree! I got the email with the ceiling in it from one of the home magazines recently and immediately saved the image. I LUFF it! And your coffered ceiling was the first project of yours that I ever saw! I Luff that SOO MUCH too!