tray ceilings

What do you know about tray ceilings? Also known as recessed or inverted ceiling, tray ceiling has a central area that higher than the surrounding areas within the room’s perimeter. The difference in height can be several inches to several feet. Such a construction enables painted colors to make the ceiling interesting. Whereas the ceiling was generally bland or boring, this type it would be different with the recessed construction. Sometimes, homeowners would install (hidden) tube lighting along the tray. It would create a nice lighting effect for the room.

Modern Tray Ceiling

Modern Tray Ceiling
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To create a modern effect on the tray ceilings, there are different ways to paint the area. The first one is to pain the ceiling in a different shade from the wall. It will create a very nice effect that makes your ceiling stand out. If you already have a neutral hue on the wall, adding a bright and contrast hue to the ceiling would make it visually interesting.

Lighter shades would deliver soft effect with refreshing tone. But if you want to create something dramatic, choose the bolder and deeper hues. The light hues are perfect for bedrooms and kitchens, while the deeper shade is perfect for living rooms, entryways, and dining rooms.

Another one is to paint the tray ceilings with the same colors as the walls. This is great if you want to have layered feel for the room. It won’t be boring – in fact, it can accentuate the tray even only a bit.

Tray Ceiling Ideas Living Room

Tray Ceiling Ideas Living Room
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The depth variation of the ceiling can deliver appealing aesthetic appeal. In the previous section, you are able to paint the recessed ceiling in either similar or contrast color as the wall. But you be able to actually choose lighter shade so that it will create subtle effect. Having darker hues deliver contrast and dramatic effect, but lighter shade is helpful to make the room feel more open, more spacious, and brighter.

To make it more interesting for the living room, install lights within the perimeter. It make the ceiling look stand out and different. But if you want to, consider doing it within the perimeter or around the perimeter. Another way is to incorporate crown molding.  Not only it adds aesthetic vibe, but it also adds a luxurious touch to the overall decor. It is even possible to paint the crown molding in different shade.

Kitchen Tray Ceilings

Kitchen Tray Ceilings

There are many ways to improve the look of the tray ceilings, if you are creative and smart. Not only you can make it a focal point of the room, but you are able to make it a platform for the crucial elements of a room: incorporating the lighting fixtures.

In this design, the tray ceilings construction make the room looks (and feels) bigger and more spacious. The kitchen feels roomier because of the high and tall ceilings. The ceiling is painted in the same color as the wall, creating a harmonious look and flow to the entire space. And to make it even better, there are many lighting fixtures being focused on the tray perimeter, making the kitchen looks brighter. With the combination of hanging kitchen lamps and installed lights on the ceiling, it looks super stylish in a very simple manner.

Tray Ceiling Paint Ideas

Tray Ceiling Paint Ideas
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The tray ceiling doesn’t have to be boring, plain, or bland. There is no need to do any extravagant work with it – simply paint it and you should be able to create an interesting visual effect on the ceiling. Many homeowners go with darker shade, because it creates a contrast and dramatic effect. You see, the darker hue will make that particular ceiling to look visually receding.

Such tray ceilings arrangement is handy especially if you have Mediterranean house style and you are thinking about dramatic decoration. If you don’t want to opt for too dark shade, consider about choosing metallic sheen – it deliver interesting effect related to warmth and depth. Another smart paint management is seen through the example image. There are only two colors being used. The wall and the trim are using the same shade, while the rest of the ceiling is coming with neutral bright white. This color arrangement is both simple and stylish.

Master Bedroom Tray Ceilings

Master Bedroom Tray Ceilings

There are different ways to decorate the bedroom. In this image, the ceiling comes with wooden accent, creating a cool and laid-back atmosphere. After all, you want to have a refreshing place to relax after a busy day, right?

Of course, the wooden element is only one alternative way to decorate the bedroom. You are free to choose light or dark hues for the ceiling. Feel free to include crown molding, other decorative accents, and so much more. Some even come with golden moldings to add a touch of luxury into the room.

Wood Tray Ceilings

Wood Tray Ceilings

Wood can be included in the design because it will deliver a natural feel and flow of the room. Take a look at this simple layout and design of the kitchen. The tray ceilings don’t seem too much – there is nothing fancy or extravagant about it. And yet, the simplicity is accentuated by the wooden element within the recessed design. The wood has this sleek and polished look, creating a contrast but elegant contrast to the white color arrangement of the kitchen.

With the hidden lighting tube installed along the perimeter, and the combination of the hanging lamps, that particular area alone becomes a very nice focal point. Such an arrangement makes sure that the area underneath the ceiling gets the needed lighting. If you are able to match it up with clever layout (such as the interesting kitchen island), you get not only a functional kitchen, but also a beautiful one.

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