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Is an Oval Dome Ceiling Still a True Dome?

Dome ceilings are often round, but are they round by definition? Find out if an oval dome ceiling is a true dome, and learn about these ceilings in this post.

Framing an Oval Dome Ceiling Master Bedroom

We're often reminded of what it's like to examine decorative ceilings for the first time, especially when people first encounter the oval dome ceiling. This ceiling leaves people scratching their heads because they don't think it's a dome, but they don't know what to call it. Why does this particular ceiling type cause so much confusion? Let's take a look at the definition.

Dome /dōm/

noun

a rounded vault forming the roof of a building or structure, typically with a circular base.

Oval Shaped Domed Ceiling

“Typically with a circular base.” That's the part that throws people for a loop. Yes, domed ceilings often have circular bases, but it doesn't have to be that way. The oval dome ceiling is still a dome. Where do we draw the line? Anything with hard angles is not considered domed because it isn't rounded.

What can you do with an oval dome ceiling?

This type of domed ceiling is actually quite versatile. You can basically do the same things with an oval as you can with a circular domed ceiling. Let's explore some decorative elements.

Paint: If you want to get really fancy, commission an artist to paint a masterpiece on the underside of your oval dome ceiling. But there's no need to go over-the-top if you just want a simple contrast. All you have to do is paint the rounded underside with a complementary or contrasting color.

Lighting: Domes don't necessarily need lighting, but they usually look better with an appropriately-placed light fixture. If you're looking for soft illumination, consider a light ring. If you want something a little more obvious, hang a chandelier in the center. Some people don't light the dome at all, but they add recessed lighting around its perimeter. Choose the style that you like best or combine different types of lighting to create your desired look.

Molding: If you really want to call attention to your oval dome ceiling, consider framing it with darkly-stained molding. You can also use white or a light stain to achieve the look you're after.

Take these ideas and create a look that suits your personal taste. You can work with a combination of paint, lighting and molding to build a one-of-a-kind oval ceiling that is sure to be the envy of all your neighbors. They may or may not realize that it is a dome, but they will clearly see that it is awesome.

Carpentry of a Oval Dome Ceiling

Is installation difficult?

The process of ordering and installing an oval ceiling dome is as easy as if you were buying a round dome. Each requires a set of measurements to get started, and each comes with a detailed set of instructions that will make installation a breeze.

Drywall Finished Oval Dome Ceiling

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