Sep 26, 2017 - 03:33 PM
Tray ceilings reflect their name. They look like an inverted tray stuck to the ceiling.
The center area is higher which is framed with a dropped-down outer ridge. Actually, the the outer ridge should be regulation ceiling height at a minimum with the center area rising above regulation height.
These types of ceilings are also referred to as recessed ceilings.
They can be simple or elaborate.
The amount of the "rise" or "step" can vary from a few inches to a few feet. There are some elaborate designs that are a double-tray which is like a set of two steps leading into the center of the ceiling.
The tray edge or ridge can be left plain or dressed up a number of ways.
Which rooms work well with a tray ceiling?
Any room can benefit from a tray ceiling if you like the look. They're most commonly found in dining rooms, living rooms and master bedrooms.
Why do people have tray ceilings?
They're popular for people who like a more ornamental interior design. They add depth and texture to a room. For example, when you see a dining room with a tray ceiling, it's an interesting look because the tray edge frames the dining table which creates a 3D symmetry from below to above.
Examples of tray ceilings:
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This example was designed by Metropole Architects. It's an interesting example because it's a great example of how you can insert a tray ceiling in an open concept space. Normally these are used in enclosed dining rooms, but as you can see, not always.
I love this living room with a tray ceiling. This is an example of a double-tray ceiling and while the design is intricate, it's subtle because it's all white (along with white walls and ceiling).
Our final example is a fairly deep tray ceiling in a master bedroom with built-in upward lighting.