Coffered ceilings are created with sunken panels attached to a suspended grid. This design creates unique depth and architectural interest. When you are designing or remodeling a room, consider this type of ceiling to add exceptional style to your home.


Traditionally, coffers were found in libraries, dens, home offices, traditional homes, and formal dining rooms. They were meant to be in proper places, and they typically took on the standard “checker board” look. Today, however, install this type of ceiling in your kitchen, master bedroom, or any room where the ceiling height is at least eight feet.

Ceiling Surface

When considering this type of work, think about the surface between the beams. You may wish to cover it with panels, wallpaper, rosettes, or paint. Maybe you want moldings applied to them. For example, a modestly-sized crown molding or smaller panel moldings can add depth and variety to the final look of your room.

Country homes or farm houses may not add such moldings due to the informality of the setting. Instead, the simple beams give an atmosphere of grandeur. Solid paint colors or a spectrum of stains complete the style.


Coffered ceilings include many benefits. They are aesthetically pleasing, adding a sense of comfort to the room. They also help absorb noise. Lastly, incorporated lighting may enrich the mood and brighten the room.


The number one priority when considering this project is to build an expert team of professionals. Hire a an experienced contractor to manage the project. Then look for a knowledgeable interior designer. Finally, work with your contractor to find an experienced renovation team. Before calling the professionals, make a few decisions.

  • Decide or measure the dimensions of the room.
  • Decide if you want open or covered spaces between the beams.
  • Choose the species of wood you like and decide if you want to paint it.
  • Decide what dimensions you want the beams to be.

Remember, your coffered ceilings can be one of the best parts of your home if you hire a team of professionals to guide you through the process.

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