In today’s post, I wanted to cover some fun details to add to a room that will bring warmth and character. Let’s talk ceiling details. FUN!

Our new build features 3 styles of ceiling details, beams, tray ceiling and island insets.

Oh wood beams, how I love thee. If adding this detail to your home has always interested you, take into consideration the ceiling height and the size of the room. This room has 10’ ceilings in the largest portion of the open concept. The beams join the ceiling as it drops to 9’ for the kitchen, defining each of the spaces. I have seen the beams continue down the walls in a spacious room and that is stunning.


You can use real, solid beams for your ceiling detail. Ours were created by our Millwork company out of oak boards and stained to match the rest of the millwork in the room.


Simple beadboard or shiplap added to a ceiling is another style. You can add it to the entire ceiling or box out details like the one featured here. The biggest question is likely, to stain or paint the wood addition. In looking at the room, if there are slight wood details you would like to tie in, find a stain close to that wood element and go for it. You can always paint over it with the perfect shade of white. If you do paint it and your walls are already white in the room, choose that same color for your wood detail, preferably in flat or satin finish.





Tray ceilings are the last of the design details for today. In this photo, there is modern crown molding added inside the tray and the top of the wall. I choose a bold color to highlight and draw attention upwards. The crown molding is painted in a satin finish and the ceiling in a flat.

Another way to showcase a tray ceiling is to omit the trim on the inside and perfectly space faux beams inside the tray, giving a rustic modern vibe. This is a great option for anyone doing a room reno, looking for a small idea with a big impact.