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Tray Ceiling Designs

Ceiling design is actually quite an important element in home architecture. It can make the difference between an open and airy feeling or a dark and closed-in space. It can make a room appear large or small, and can even effect the value of a house. There a variety of different ceiling styles to choose between, or you can even create something completely new and unique. Some of the top favorites are the vaulted ceiling, the cathedral ceiling, and the tray ceiling.

What is a tray ceiling?
A tray ceiling resembles an upside-down tray. The center is flat and slightly raised, with the sides sloping downward to meet the rest of the ceiling. An example of a tray ceiling would be a room with eight-foot ceilings. Towards one end or in the center is a portion that is nine-feet with sloped sides blending the two different heights.

How to finish a tray ceiling.
There are some exciting ways to finish a tray ceiling. The flat center allows for any number of different tiles and decorative panels. Trim the sides with decorative moldings, and paint a different color than the rest of the room.

The lighting possibilities for a tray ceiling.
Any type of raised ceiling, and tray ceilings in particular, are very conducive to different lighting designs as wells. This style provides a great location for a skylight or solar tube, recessed lighting or a decorative chandelier.

If you are planning a renovation or a building project, take some time to carefully consider what type of ceiling design you should do. It may be just the answer you need to give your room that extra-special eye-catching touch. Request free estimates from prescreened contractors in your area and discuss your options further.

Among the more stylish ceiling projects, tray ceilings add dimension, drama and architectural interest to your home. Not only that, but they make any space appear larger than it actually is. Here’s what you need to know.


Cost estimates for installing tray ceilings depend entirely on the size of the job and the style you have in mind (number of tiers or “steps,” shape, angles, curves, etc.). However, if your ceiling already has sloped scissor trusses, a tray ceiling could be added at a relatively low cost. They are also much easier and cheaper to install in one-story homes or on the second level, as any ceiling work becomes more difficult when there is a floor above it.


Their spaciousness makes rooms appear grander and larger than they actually are.

There are several options to choose from, including multi-tiers and round dome-like finishes.

Tray ceilings are fast becoming a mainstay in high-end and even some mid-range homes.


Because they are fairly tricky to install, tray ceilings are specialized projects often reserved for high-end or custom-built homes.


Common Questions and Answers

Is there a price difference between a sloped tray ceiling and a stepped square edged tray ceiling?

Because framing a sloped tray ceiling tends to be a simpler process and the sheetrock is less expensive, it usually comes with a slightly lower price tag.

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