Make Your Room a Masterpiece With The Right Ceiling

Looking to add visual or architectural intrigue to a room and not sure where to turn? May we suggest turning your eyes and your design choices up toward the ceiling.

The ceiling is the fifth wall and a place where you can create major interest.coffered ceiling beams with blue paint and pendant lights You can also use the ceiling to create visual breaks or define certain areas in larger, more expansive spaces.

Options for dressing up the ceiling include:


These sunken panels in the shape of a square, rectangle or octagon have been delivering drama and elegance since Renaissance times. You can customize your indentations with tin panels or wallpaper and dress up your beams with medallions. Or you can keep things simple with paint or stain.  Coffered ceilings are always eye-catching.

tin ceiling in the kitchen


Tin ceilings can infuse a room with old fashioned grace or an industrial edge. Tin is a great option to keep it in mind, especially if you’re tight on vertical space and you want to keep all the height a room has to offer.

spa inspired master bathroom with ceiling beams and ample storage


If beams are a part of your structure, you can change them up to complement your style by staining or painting the beams. No beams in sight? You can add decorative beams for a rustic finish. It makes sense to construct strictly decorative versions from lightweight materials like Styrofoam or plywood. These forms are then covered with a wood veneer you and can create the look you choose without the weight.


Dating back to ancient Egypt, the barrel vault ceiling is an arched half cylinder. This treatment can create a tunnel-like atmosphere that’s well-suited to entries, hallways and theater rooms. On the other side of the spectrum, a barrel ceiling can emphasize height and feel light and airy in an open concept space.

wood tray ceiling and can lights


A recessed or tray ceiling can provide the ultimate wow factor in a bedroom. Don’t count out other rooms either. We’ve seen variations make major impact in kitchens. This style may require lowering the ceiling around the inset area, but the eye tends to travel to the highest point.

Whichever ceiling treatment you choose, you will be creating a refined and fascinating space. Detail work adds a bit to the cost but adds so much in terms of visual value.

Wondering what you can do with your ceiling? Have you always wished for a bit more definition between areas of a large room? Set up a time to talk about the possibilities. We invite you to learn more about remodeling at an upcoming workshop or find ideas in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more design inspiration.

Chicago condo two-tone kitchen with exposed wooden beam incorporated into island Light blue kitchen with coffered ceiling Decorative Bathroom Ceiling

eclectic kitchen with brick backsplash and a distressed islandStained lower kitchen cabinets with farmhouse sink and painted upper cabinetsBeams in living room, reclaimed barnwood, symmetry

White kitchen with dark island and ceiling detailPainted kitchen with island and rustic wood ceiling



Deformalize The Dining Room

Informal dining areaA beautiful dining room can encourage hanging out anytime, not just on a few formal occasions each year. As families embrace flexibility in all areas of their lives, the dining room is no exception. Instead of a space meant to impress guests, rethinking the formal dining space allows for maximum function, practicality and enjoyment as defined by you.

“Most people don’t want a room that’s just used for occasional formal dining,” said Normandy Designer Maury Jones. “They like the open concept style of living with a larger eat-in kitchen.”

Bar area with casual diningIf you are looking for more of a flow between your kitchen and dining room, Maury advises, “Take the walls down. Take over the dining room and make it into a larger kitchen where your family can cook together, entertain and get the most use out of the space. “Those who take this bold step are delighted with the results. It’s not an option for every home though.

White and gray kitchen with stained table and pendants above
If you do need to keep your dining room separate, Maury recommends the creative use of built-ins.”Think about adding an entertaining center with a wet bar and wine storage.”Doing so gives guests a place to gather when you are entertaining. When it’s just family, the addition of an entertainment center makes the room a great place to gather for cards or board games.

Lighting is another way to make the room feel less formal. “There are some really interesting hanging fixtures that can help create an inviting feeling for a dining room,” said Maury.

Neutral dining room. gray paint. crown molding, wood floorsIt’s okay to break away from the traditional room uses in your home and make them work for the way you actually live.Whether that means knocking down walls or building in additional features, you can make your home’s dining room a desired destination, minus the stuffiness and formality, once again.

Are you thinking about how to make your home more flexible and functional? Set up a time to talk to Maury about the possibilities. We welcome you to join us at an upcoming virtual webinar to learn more about remodeling. You can find inspiration in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for a daily dose of design.

Custom white cabinetry in dining room

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