8 Coffered Ceilings That Defy Tradition
Appealing in unexpected ways, these coffered ceilings break from traditional style to suit contemporary and modern interiors
Houzz Contributor. Fresh out of journalism school, I fell into decorating media and immediately discovered a new passion. An Atlanta native, I spent several years as an editor for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine before making the leap to national publications and websites such as Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Accents. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, with my husband and son, who’ve gotten used to coming home and finding the furniture rearranged. When I'm not dragging case goods across the floor, I enjoy good food and wine, college football, music of all kinds, and traveling.
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Coffers — dropped beams that crisscross a ceiling in a grid — are a hallmark of traditional interiors. Their appeal lies in the architectural definition and visual interest that they add to a room. Although classic coffers feature heavy millwork and even, regular spacing, homeowners and design pros have come up with inventive twists to suit less traditional spaces. Check out these eight examples.
Coffers arranged in an off-kilter grid and trimmed with black moldings give this ceiling dimension. The polished wood inset echoes the fireplace surround, which helps to connect the ceiling with the wall.
Simple, straight-edge beams set at varying widths apart emphasize the asymmetrical arrangement of this living area.
Flat boards rather than traditional moldings create a coffered effect that works well with a transitional kitchen.
Similarly, in this corridor, flat boards accentuate the barrel-shape ceiling. Because of the tight fit between the cabinetry wall and the ceiling, traditional coffers might appear too cramped.
The basic coffering in this space, painted to pull the wall color upward, is designed in a way that highlights the contemporary light fixture in the center.
An inset of coffering with a natural wood finish helps to bring this ceiling down visually and creates a sense of intimacy.
Coffered moldings in this tray ceiling are set on the diagonal for a thoroughly fun, modern take on tradition.
Ideabook published on Aug. 26, 2012.
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