The first project is an amazing residence from Tahoe Donner, in California. It’s a two-story contemporary house developed by
Traditionally, a cathedral ceiling would have two sloping sides which would form a ridge in the middle. In addition to that, the design can include a variety of other features such as additional support beams or visible hardware focused on creating a pleasant contrast in combination with the beams. This brings us to another example: a two-storey vacation home designed by
Apart from being very tall compared to the usual king, a cathedral ceiling is also special because it mirrors the pitch of a roof structure and that creates a wonderful sense of comfort and familiarity, diminishing the dramatic impact that a high ceiling would otherwise have on a space. In the case of this contemporary residence designed by
Does this cathedral ceiling remind you of something? Maybe of a car repair shop? Perhaps not but we find its story charming nevertheless. The structure is now a cozy home but that wasn’t always the case. It was actually converted by architect
By now you should already have a pretty clear idea of how a cathedral ceiling looks like. Obviously, no two are the same but they all share in common a few key characteristics like the symmetry of the sloping sides and the fact that they make rooms feel more spacious and dramatic without interfering with their cozy and welcoming ambiance.
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There are lots of different cases when a cathedral ceiling simply makes sense in the context of a building’s design. As mentioned before, each individual design or structure has its own set of particularities. For instance, the height of the ceiling, the materials in which it’s covered, the finish and the color can all differ from case to case.
Sometimes differentiating between a vaulted ceiling and a cathedral ceiling is quite difficult given how similar they are. Often it’s all reduced to the exact length of the sloping sides or the angle or exact shape of the pitch and by extension of the whole ceiling. Take this case for example? Can you figure out what type of ceiling this residence has?
Both vaulted and cathedral ceilings are great for skylights. It actually makes sense to install skylight windows on a sloping ceiling. They let in lots of sunlight and they also provide a dreamy view of the night sky (well, as long as they’re clean at least).
There are many cool ways in which you can take advantage of a cathedral ceiling. First of all, you can puts an emphasis on its dramatic nature with the help of beams or by hanging certain types of light fixtures, like this awesome dining room chandelier.
In lots of cases less is more and that also applies to cathedral ceilings. The simplest its design is, the bigger the emphasis on the height and the structural elements is which means it’s not the details that stand out but the basic elements, the one that define this style.