Ceiling designs are usually the last thing we think of when decorating our homes, but they can give a room a unique character that no amount of art or furniture can do.

When most of us think about the ceiling for our homes, the thing that comes to our mind is white and flat. Some of us may even suffer from dreaded popcorn ceilings. Not many think of incorporating a unique ceiling design into their bedroom or living area.

The living room is one of the most used rooms in your home so you should try to make it look the best. When decorating your home, the ceiling might be the last thing that you consider and you make so much effort with the rest of your home. So you should browse for the Best Ceiling Design Ideas for Living Rooms that are capable of giving your living room a highlight and a character of its own.

Here are the types of Ceiling Design

1. Conventional ceiling


The standard ceiling type commonly seen in houses, the conventional ceiling has a simple flat surface with an accessible height. Easy to decorate, these ceilings are simple and straightforward with nothing special about them and that’s the entire point.

2. Suspended ceiling

Also called a “drop” ceiling, the suspended ceiling differs from a conventional one in the fact that it’s a flat ceiling placed below an existing one. This is usually to hide elements like wiring and other pieces of mechanical fixtures from the original ceiling.

Although a suspended ceiling usually gives off an industrial feeling, decorated panels are available should you want it to flaunt another type of style (such as contemporary or rustic). 

A suspended ceiling is usually made up of a lightweight, acoustic panel and a suspended metal grid. This grid is attached to the existing ceiling while the panels are inserted into the grid. 

3. Tray ceiling

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A tray ceiling is built upwards in a cut-out design resembling a tray. It has a rectangular centre that either pops out or is inverted inwards for a visual effect, ensuring quite the unique style for a room (and is also great for making a small space seem taller).  

These designs are very common in dining rooms and kitchens, and sometimes a series of steps are added to the ceiling for a more dramatic look.

4. Coffered ceiling

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These ceilings are known by their waffle-like patterns, seeing as they are made up of a grid of sunken panels accented by molding. A great choice for classic- and colonial-style interiors, coffered ceilings are usually found in vintage and high-end homes. 

Coffered ceilings used to be made with prized wood or carved stone, resulting in quite hefty prices. Nowadays, however, they are available for basically the same cost as a suspended ceiling. 

5. Cathedral ceiling

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With their equally sloping sides forming an upturned V at the highest point, cathedral ceilings are also known by another name: vaulted ceilings. This type is directly attached to the roof trusses (which need to be wide enough to allow for proper ventilation and appropriate insulation) and rises all the way up to the structure’s very top.

Cathedral ceilings are usually chosen as they give an open, spacious feel to a room. But keep in mind that while it lends warmth and elegance to a space, it can be tricky to paint and change light fixtures, plus will make quite a difference to your heating bills (as the ceiling creates space nearly as big as two rooms, it will require more heating than for a room with a regular ceiling).

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