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,” said Normandy Designer Chris Ebert.coffered ceiling beams with blue paint and pendant lights He adds, “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 absolutely an option,” Chris said. 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, Chris encourages changing 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,” Chris said.

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 to Chris about the possibilities. We invite you to learn more about remodeling at an upcoming virtual webinar or find ideas in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more design inspiration.

eclectic kitchen with brick backsplash and a distressed islandBeams in living room, reclaimed barnwood, symmetry

Primary bedroom with a tray ceilingLight blue kitchen with coffered ceiling

White kitchen with dark island and ceiling detailTransitional kitchen with interesting ceiling treatment




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