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Choosing the Right Coved Ceiling Designs

Guide to understanding the different coved ceiling designs

A coved ceiling is a marvelous thing. It breaks boundaries that have been set by the standard building methods. When other ceilings jig, the cove jags. It doesn’t play by the rules. It doesn’t have to; it makes its own.

But even though you’ve decided to install a cove ceiling (congratulations on your decision, by the way), you’ve still got choices. That’s right. The cove is more than just another pretty curve. Just one look at these coved ceiling designs and you’ll agree. Did you know that you have four options for your cove even before you put up the drywall? And when it’s time to apply paint and molding, the options are almost endless. So, here are some coved ceiling designs to consider:

No Reveal – A cove without a reveal means it’s flush with the wall and the ceiling. If your main goal is to eliminate all sharp edges, this is your cove. It goes straight from the wall to the ceiling without any interception, so you can just think of it as smoothing out the lines. Actually, this is your standard coved ceiling, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s ordinary.

Top Reveal – Just by adding an additional step to the ceiling (by adding another piece of wood, also known as a fur down), you can create a simple yet stunning architectural element to your room. In this case, the wall appears to flow into the ceiling, and then it is met with a sharp edge. The edge can give the appearance that your ceiling has been lifted. Of course, it hasn’t been lifted, but it sure can look that way.

Bottom Reveal – In this case, the additional “step” is added to the wall where the arch gets attached. It is the exact opposite of a top reveal in that the curve seems to extend from the ceiling and is “cut off” when it reaches the wall. In some cases, designers will add molding here to complete the look.

Top and Bottom Reveal – The top and bottom reveal is the most popular of our coved ceiling designs, and as you might have guessed, is created by adding an extra “step” (or fur down) to the wall and ceiling where the cove pieces are attached. This creates an effect that looks most like crown molding; well, an exaggerated and completely curved crown molding.

So you see, all coved ceiling designs aren’t created equal. Still, they’re all equally stunning. The one you choose for your space will depend on your personal taste and the look you’re trying to achieve for the room. Choose no reveal, top reveal, bottom reveal or top and bottom reveal. Regardless of which one you make your own, rest assured that it’ll be an architectural masterpiece. 

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