6 Ceiling Trends that Add Character and Sophistication


Ceilings are by far the most under-appreciated design area in a house. Let’s face it. They received a really bad reputation during the popcorn ceiling phase of the late 1950s into the 1980s when they were the standard ceiling for American residential construction. We’re on a mission to bring back beautiful ceilings that create inviting spaces for people to gather, eat, sleep and do what they do.

Depending on the materials and colors, ceilings can add brightness, drama, separation, uniqueness and personality to a room. Building custom homes allows us to work with our clients to create rooms with details they will love for years to come. Below you’ll find 6 of our favorite treatments that will save your ceilings from neglect!


Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, coffered ceilings add a certain je ne sais quoi to any room. A coffered ceiling is considered decorative and consists of recessed panels supported by beams. The panels are typically square but come in other shapes as well. In addition to adding character and value to your home, coffered ceilings can improve acoustics and add the illusion of height. View coffered ceilings in a an Asheville home remodel.


Tray ceilings can be a luxurious feature in any room in a house. They make a big impression and pain can make them stand out even more. Neutral walls can be dressed up with a contrasting color on a tray ceiling. Painting the tray the same color as the walls will accentuate the tray detail and give the room a layered feel. Another option is to use dark wood molding as shown in the picture below.


These ceilings open up and provide height to a room, giving it an open feel like no other ceiling can. Barrel ceilings can be finished in a wide range of materials, from painted drywall to beadboard and more.


When you think of exposed timbers, rustic spaces come to mind. Many homes built by Judd Builders have a rustic design element to them as we are located in the mountains of Asheville and near many lakes, but exposed wood trusses don’t have to have a cabin or barn feel. If your taste is a little more contemporary, wood trusses can create a modern space when merged with clean and simple surfaces. We love the look of natural wood but whitewash is another option for exposed wood trusses. View our portfolio of new Asheville homes.


Using materials in an unexpected way can add boldness to any room. Using wood can dress up or dress down a space depending on the type and finish of the wood. A matte finish and deep color can stand out in a neutral room with simple flooring. A tone-on-tone wooden scheme creates a consistent look that can be accented with a soft, calming paint color.


Paint is the easiest and most inexpensive way to draw eyes up and enhance a ceiling. Whether the ceiling color compliments, is a bright pop of color or is dark color, a painted ceiling will make the room look more decorated and refined.

Whether you’re looking for an Asheville builder to build your next home or are interested in remodeling your Asheville home, Judd Builders can help you decide which design elements will work for your space and match your design style. Call us today at (828) 274-4448 to discuss a new home or home remodel.