It's All about the Details: Cathedral Ceilings

Last week I talked about vaulted ceilings (see that here), and mentioned cathedral ceilings.  Cathedral ceilings are often used interchangeably with vaulted ceilings in the interior design world, but it is not truly a vaulted ceiling.  So I thought I would clarify what a true cathedral ceiling is.


Cathedral ceilings have an equal slope and matches the roof pitch with a ridge in the center, and vaulted ceilings can have unequal sloping sides and can be curved, sloped, etc.   Cathedral ceilings are not a structural element, but are the finished surface concealing and following the underside of the roof pitch.


Why do we love cathedral ceilings in a home?  Because they offer height to a space and make an architectural statement.  How can we treat cathedral ceilings?  Facing the cathedral ceiling with sheetrock is the most basic and simplistic.  But why stop there?  Let's add beams along the center ridge and down the sloping sides.  Also, face the actual sloping sides with wood paneling, either stain or paint them.  Do you have a cathedral ceiling in your home?  What's your favorite way to treat them?






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