July 22, 2011 in Design Dilemma
I am renovating a powder room and a full bath. The question has to do with ceiling height.

In the powder room, the old/existing height is 7 feet. The ceiling, which is 5' x 5', currently has fluorescent lens that is about 56" x 56". I plan to install recessed lighting. When my contractor removed the fluorescent lens, we discovered the true ceiling height is about 6 inches higher. It presents the idea of having a tray ceiling which I have never considered before. So I guess the questions in my mind are: Is staying with the status quo, i.e. having a 7' foot tall ceiling, okay? I never felt that it was too low, but it is possible that the fluorescent lens gave the illusion of height. If I go with a tray ceiling: will a tray ceiling look good, or maybe even look weird, in a small bathroom; will it need special treatment like crown molding to look attractive, will it look too traditional or busy if I put crown molding? Note that I plan to have wainscoting.

The full bath, which is is a 5’ x 8’ room, also has an existing height of 7’ with fluorescent lens. I also plan to install recessed lighting there. I discovered the true height of the ceiling is a full foot higher than the fluorescent lens. The shower ceiling however cannot be raised so it needs to stay at 7’. So again, should I keep the original ceiling height of 7' for the entire bathroom? Or, should I raise the ceiling where it can be raised, thus having a bathroom with uneven ceiling (lower in the shower). Wouldn't that look weird?
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We had the same situation in our kitchen and one of our bathrooms. We had it drywalled (it was that ugly cottage cheese ceiling, but it was actually stucco or else i would've scraped if off a long time ago). Put up crown moulding in white. My ceilings aren't painted white. i think white ceilings are a drag. i tend to paint the ceiling 1/2 strength of the paint of the wall. At least that's what we did in the kitchen and that bathroom. It does look very traditional, but if you have wainscoting--that's pretty traditional, right? will your wainscoting be white? if so, the crown moulding would look fabulous.
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