What is a Tray Ceiling?

You may have heard the term thrown around in home design circles, but have you ever seen a tray ceiling? Check it out and find out more here.

What is a Tray Ceiling?

Picture a recessed ceiling within a ceiling, and you’ll probably have the image of a tray ceiling clear in your mind. This type of ceiling is usually rectangular, but it can be oval or round. These ceilings can be plain and straightforward or ornate and dramatic. The choice is completely up to you and the impact you’d like to make in your room. Once you have the style down, you may even want to add recessed lighting to accentuate your masterpiece. The tray ceiling is a popular choice for dining rooms, living rooms and hallways, but it really can be installed anywhere.

Why Install a Tray Ceiling?

Ultimately, you’re only going to install this design element for its dramatic flair. It is structurally sound, but it has no structural purpose. If you want to break up the monotony of your ordinary flat ceilings by adding depth and architectural interest, you might want to consider a tray ceiling. It’ll give the room the feeling that it’s larger and more spacious than it really is.

How to Accentuate a Tray Ceiling

As mentioned above, you can accentuate its design with recessed lighting, but there’s so much more you can do. Add molding to make the design element stand out even further, or add an inverted tray ceiling to create even more dimension to your room. An inverted tray is the exact opposite. So instead of being recessed, it juts down into the room. A combination of the two types with recessed lighting can create a really spectacular look. Paint is another way to accentuate this element. Paint the tray ceiling a different color than the rest of the space, or even the rest of the room, to call attention to its presence. Your guests won’t be able to stop looking up at this work of art.

How to Install a Tray Ceiling

In the past, it was more difficult to install this design element. Each piece had to be created from scratch by a master craftsman. And although you may be a master, there’s no reason to waste your time with such things any longer. Now, you can use our cove ceiling kits to create the tray of your choice. Just take the measurements, order the kit, and then follow the simple installation instructions when the kit arrives.

Tray ceilings are popular for those who want just a little bit of depth added to the room. They don’t want the drama of a dome or a barrel vault. They just want a little flair; a little excitement in what are otherwise boring, flat ceilings.

By Wesley Scott
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By: Wes in Ceilings

Posted on February 21, 2013

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