The Art of Statement Ceilings

Nothing’s more fun than building a home that inspires “oohs” and “aahs” from all who enter. Often those “wow” moments come in the form of a unique room layout, cool structural element, or unusual design choice. A rising trend in terms of distinctive design elements is the statement ceiling.

Plain, flat ceilings are passé according to Joe Garcia, owner of G&G Custom Homes. In its place are bold decorative ceilings that run the spectrum from added height and uplighting to ornate woodwork and beyond.

“Oftentimes a homeowner requests a room to be two feet higher than the one next to it, or they ask for a cathedral ceiling,” says Garcia. “Some ceilings might step up six to eight inches like a tray and we’ll do a simple piece of trim in there. Within that trim, we’ll install tape lighting that illuminates the ceiling.”

Many homeowners desire a two-toned look on their ceiling. To accomplish that, Garcia does a combination of wood planks that are painted white with stained wood beams that come across to make the ceiling “pop.”

Garcia also utilizes different patterns in the ceiling with the woodwork. Sometimes they run it straight across the room, other times at a diagonal, or even in an X pattern with the planks parallel to each wall. Wood choice also plays an important role. Garcia may use cedar, which is knottier, or perhaps poplar or white pine, depending on the look the customer hopes to achieve.

Years ago, homes were all wood inside, then white became de rigueur. In recent years, the exterior trend for incorporating wood accents has made its way inside.

“You still see a lot of white trim work and white walls, but then the space gets warmed up with a woodwork ceiling,” says Garcia.

Some homeowners have even requested their ceilings be adorned with wallpaper – something that adds color, design, and texture.

Whether using lighting, wood, or wallpaper, the whole point is to create a “statement ceiling.”

“We’re doing a house right now that has statement ceilings in the dining room, kitchen, hearth room, great room, and bedroom!” says Garcia, who does something different in each room within the same house. For instance, one room may have a flat ceiling with flat woodwork that’s stained. Another room may have a vaulted ceiling with beams that come across. A third ceiling might be a combination of both; that way they are different yet still nicely tied together.

Oftentimes these ideas are born when Garcia’s team is doing the trim walk with the carpenters, homeowners, and the interior designer.

“The designer comes up with a lot of great ideas, and the homeowners put so much trust in us,” says Garcia, who once commissioned an artist to paint a mural on the dome ceiling of a house that had a rotunda great room.

“It turned out pretty cool!” says Garcia.

Garcia and the G&G Custom Home team are full of great ideas. Connect to start a conversation about building your custom home with ceilings that wow.