Ceilings are often ignored or neglected when it comes to interior decorating. If you have a gorgeous architectural elements like coffers or beams on your ceiling your eye will be drawn to these features. You can highlight a beamed, coffered or tray ceiling with paint or leave it a neutral color that works with the room’s palette.
A grand ceiling sets the tone for the rest of the room’s design. Rather than ignore the elephant in the room, embrace the strong architectural features of a coffered or tray ceiling to add interest to your room’s overall design. In a room with such a strong architectural element, furnishings and accessories should be in keeping with the style and formality of the architecture.
A room’s coffered ceiling can set a formal style that can be carried through the room with furnishings and flooring. Add an area rug that closely relates to the ceiling color, which will unify the entire room from floor to ceiling. Allow the eye to move from like color to like color, moving around the room from architectural element to architectural element. Floor to ceiling windows will help emphasize the height of a ceiling, as well.
Keeping furniture and accents simple in shape also lets the ceiling be the star of the space. Bright colors or patterns in the room will add interest to the room but won’t compete with the grand ceiling.