Trending Residential Ceiling Designs for Custom Homes

What’s Trending in Residential Ceiling Designs for Custom Homes?

Congratulations on beginning construction on your new high-ceiling house! Having your own luxury home is a great way to give your family a gift that will not only last a lifetime but will also be passed down as an heirloom from generation to generation.
Residential ceiling design is never easy, especially when trying to design a custom home. You have several things to consider, including the standard height of a residential building, standard building floor height, and whether the design you want will work with the room style you want.
Read on to learn more about designing a high-ceiling room for your custom home.

Why Care About Your Ceiling?

A ceiling may seem like an unnoticed part of a room, as they are often unremarkable in budget homes. However, you are building yourself a luxurious premium home; no part of any floor plan is unremarkable.
Ceilings add height to a room and bring an air of luxury and spaciousness to even the most humble rooms. Even if you go for a more minimalistic approach, focusing on a high-ceiling house design can bring any room a sense of wonder or extravagance.
The sky is the limit on what you can do with your ceiling. Finding a trendy one will not only impress friends, family, and neighbors but can even give your home that unique Instagram-worthy flair.

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Nine Types of Trendy Ceilings That Will Brighten Up Any Room

There are countless ceilings to choose from, and it is hard to pick just one. Your style will depend on your aesthetic, your house’s overall design, and what you want to bring out of the room in question.
Here are nine styles you can choose from for the ceiling for your house, though there are many others. When you book an appointment with BrightLeaf, ask us about what ceilings we can build for your home and how we can design a home that will look great for any occasion.

Ceiling Beams

Beam ceilings are highly versatile and great all-rounders that suit just about any taste. On beam ceilings, the exposed support beams catch the eye with shape and color.
This vivid effect complements all kinds of styles, from rustic to contemporary.
With beam ceilings, you can:

  1. Paint beam ceilings with a contrasting color to the ceiling to make the beams pop.
  2. Stain the beams for a more rustic look.
  3. Opt to wrap the beams in carpet or cloth for extra texture.

Coffered Ceiling

Coffered ceilings are similar to beam ceilings in the way they stick out and add texture to a high-ceiling house. However, coffered ceilings differ from beam ceilings in their overall design: unlike beam ceilings, which use the ceiling’s support beams as a centerpiece, coffered ceilings use beams placed in a grid pattern.

Coffered ceilings are versatile and can be used for just about any space, but they are beneficial for:

  • Home offices
  • Parlors
  • Kitchens
  • Bedroom
  • Home libraries

Custom Molding Ceiling

Custom molding is perfect for a room that needs a more formal touch. The best part is that the molding is limited to your imagination.
For example, you can use molding to design your bedroom or game room for a more utilitarian design. On the same token, you can use lattice and other intricate designs to mold a drawing-room ceiling like those of the Regency Era.

  • Molded ceilings are also great for:
  • Hallways
  • Dinning or living room
  • Guest bathrooms

Coved Ceiling

Coved ceilings are recognized by the rounded edges where the wall and ceiling meet, creating a more elegant look that brings a sophisticated touch to any room.
Whether you want your room to look like a small-town church or a piece of modern art, coved ceilings have a little bit of something for everyone. Coving is varied, and no two coved ceilings will look the same. The most important aspect is the curve, which allows for various looks.


Skylight ceilings are perfect additions for your high-ceiling house if you want some extra warm light in a room but don’t want to make it explicitly into a sunroom or atrium.
Skylights are a piece of glass installed in the roofline designed to bring in light and add elegance to a space. They are luxurious additions to any room and perfect for modern and traditional home designs.

Vaulted Ceiling

You may want to go for a vaulted ceiling for extra height and wow factor. Vaulted ceilings consist of a pair of sloped sides that meet at a central point. The effect varies depending on the style of vaulting, as there are several, ranging from domes to arches.
Vaulted ceilings are great for any ample living space. Vaulted ceilings are great fits for any room where you want to make an impression. You can use them in a room where you entertain guests, show off your finest collections, or even bring some class to your bedroom.

Cathedral Ceiling

A cathedral ceiling is similar to a vaulted ceiling in that it is also designed to create a sense of scale and emphasize the height of a room.
Cathedral ceilings borrow from their namesake, unlike vaulted ceilings, opting for sloped sides without any central arches. Cathedral ceilings will make an impression, but they are more subdued than their vaulted counterparts.
Make sure you use a cathedral ceiling in any room with a lot of traffic for maximum wow factor!

Glass Ceiling

Glass ceilings are perfect for any room that will take in a lot of sunlight. This can be a four-season room, an atrium, or even a living room.
Glass ceilings are extravagant options that let you look up at the blue sky during the day and the stars at night, and you can customize them in a variety of fits, including:
Stained glass: colored glass used to form designs
Storm glass: provides extra wind protection and weather insulation
Frosted glass: allows you increased privacy while letting light filter into your home
Depending on which glass you use, the feel of your room will drastically change. Try different glass types to see what works best for you and your home.

Wooden Ceiling

Wooden ceilings are for the cottage home lover in all of us. With a natural rustic feel, wooden ceilings add a natural warmth to any room and bring out a traditional log-cabin feeling in any space.
There are countless ways to design a wooden ceiling, ranging from the classic breadboard to the modern shiplap. The important thing is to let the material do the talking. Let the wood’s natural beauty improve the space.
The best way to enjoy your wooden ceiling is to either use a high-grade wood polish or finish or use a down-to-earth painted wood look.

Call BrightLeaf Homes Today to Start Building Your Dream Home!

Building a luxury high-ceiling home should never be a frustrating ordeal. You deserve to have a dream home that will be everything you could ever want with none of the hassles. BrightLeaf Homes offers better design, better service, and better results than anyone else in the business, and we strive to build you the home of your dreams.
When we build homes, we make them better from the ground up. Our homes are expertly crafted and certified for their environmental sustainability. We specialize in energy-efficient, sustainably built homes that will last you a lifetime, all to your specifications.
If you want to book an appointment with us and start building your new home, give us a call at (630) 523-8408. You can also sign up for our newsletter for updates about us, our services, and everything we have to offer you and your family.

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