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The Fifth Wall: Your Ceiling

By August 15, 2022 September 5th, 2022 No Comments

Ceilings are often a forgotten space when building a custom home. However, making the most out of the entire space and not settling for a boring white ceiling is an easy way to transform and elevate your room. Keep reading for five tips on how best to enhance your space:

Architectural Features

Creating a cove ceiling, adding beams for a coffered look, or adding crown molding is another way to make a room feel more complete and increase the property value of your home. There are also many different styles and effects that you can create with beams or crown molding to suit your style. Vaulted ceilings have a long history and can add character to your space, and trey or cove ceilings are a classic way to add elegance.


Natural light is always an incredible feature to add to a space and can help you save on electrical costs. Skylights are an excellent and special way to let in natural light while making an architectural statement and drawing your eye up. Skylights are also great because they don’t have any privacy concerns that other types of windows have.

Cohesive versus Contrasting Paint

Paint color is one of the biggest ways to change your ceiling. Whether you’re going for a bright and colorful look or a dark and moody feel, painting your ceiling works to increase the effect. Here are some tricks to use if you want to create a cohesive or contrasting look:

  • An element of contrast – such as a bright or bold ceiling in an elegant and classic room – can make a room more playful or inviting.
  • Using one paint color on the walls and ceilings can create a cozy environment.
  • Using a lighter ceiling paint can ground the walls and add height and space, while darker ceilings can bring down the height.

Adding, or removing, texture is another way to completely change a ceiling. For example, removing the popcorn ceilings from your basement or adding a lime wash paint in your dining room can add depth to your space. Tiles can work well on a ceiling, even outside of a bathroom, such as tin tiles reflecting light can be a great kitchen addition. Wood is another great textural element for ceilings, whether it’s wooden beams or a fully wooden ceiling.


While it may be unconventional, adding wallpaper to your ceiling can be an easy way to add interest and personality back into your space. It can offer a “wow factor’” that paint is not able to replicate through interesting patterns or textures.

Integrating architectural design elements into your home, including your ceiling, can increase the value, attractiveness, and character of your property. If you are considering a custom home, look through our portfolio for inspiration and contact us today with any questions.