Ceiling Wow: Kitchens


The idea of creating a wow factor when designing a room can help bring purpose and definition to your design decisions. If you begin with a few wow factor pieces (lighting for example) or ideas (a fabulous ceiling) you can build your entire design from there. This past week several questions in our Just Ask category had to do with how to create a wow factor in kitchens, to quote a reader, ” how, when all you really have  are a bunch of cabinets”. I love designing kitchens, there are so many opportunities to create some wow; lighting, glass cabinets, cabinet finishes, counter tops, kitchen islands, hoods, windows and ceilings just to name a few LOL. Today we are talking about the least popular and most overlooked wow factor opportunity in the kitchen, the ceiling. Above, a cottage inspired kitchen adds rustic charm with a natural finish wood ceiling. I love how the wood ceiling treatment creates a cozy feel even with the tall ceiling height.


When you have two islands and varied counter tops I really like the idea of creating an interesting ceiling detail. It will bring the eye up and create some additional symmetry between the two large structures in the room. Here, a tin ceiling material is inset with fabulous vintage inspired pendents to mirror the era of the tin ceiling, creating a vintage wow factor.


Above, a painted version of the wood ceiling detail using bead-board or slats of wood to create this look. I am in love with this ceiling color and the contrast to the espresso floor finish and crisp white cabinets. Below, a coffered ceiling is one of my personal favorite ways to bring in a wow factor to your kitchen. Designer tip: a coffered ceiling is a wow factor that can go in just about any room of your home, all white or with painted centers for an additional design detail.


The next two kitchens are stunning examples of exposed beams and opening up the ceiling. The first in a painted white version with a fabulous wow factor window and the second using reclamined lumber and industrial light fixtures for a touch of lodge.


aDesign Visions of Austin

Exposed brick bliss, I am a huge fan of using the natural elements of your home. This ceiling below adds another dimension to the design with massive beams and arches in addition to the exposed brick. When designing your kitchen, did you consider making the ceiling a wow factor and if so, what did you do?


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  • Kate

    You are right, I’ve never thought about anything but paint for our ceilings. That second kitchen with the tin ceiling and vintage lights is awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

    So glad you liked the tin ceiling, I have done this before but in a smaller kitchen and it came out amazing :)

  • Ragan Corliss

    Adorable blog you have here!

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Thanks Ragan, great name :) Just FYI we offer free design help in our Just Ask section of the blog if you ever need it.

  • Korawan wongkham

    I love it… Very nice and good idea..
    Could I can see a Thai kitchen or Asia kitchen style?