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A barrel-vaulted ceiling captures and frames a beautiful view. If you place a piece of paper over the top of the picture, you'll see just how much the barrel vault adds to the sense of space and how it can make the landscape a part of the home. Without the barrel vault, it just wouldn't be the same.
With windows on three sides and an elliptical window at the vault, this breakfast room enjoys plenty of sun. It's a great place to view the yard, treetops and sky when having that morning cup of coffee or enjoying the Sunday crossword puzzle.
Open to the kitchen at one end, it also provides a light and bright space for children doing homework while the cook is making dinner.
This contemporary-style bedroom employs a warm, wood-finished vault to achieve a spare and clean spaciousness that goes well beyond just white walls. The wood finish visually lowers the ceiling, giving the room more intimacy.
Here's a nice office and certainly a place I wouldn't mind working in, although I probably would spend the day sitting by those doors daydreaming! The ceiling incorporates two classic design elements: a shallow barrel vault and coffering. While the coffers add structure and formality to the room, the shallow vault ensures we don't take it all too seriously.