Lowdown on a Vaulted Ceiling


I have noticed that rooms with a Vaulted or Cathedral ceiling are appearing in many of my recent Pinterest images. This design feature definitely has its pros and cons. We inherited a vaulted ceiling in the living room of our old house. The previous owners had extended to the back fence prior to us buying the house, creating more living space. This was one of the reasons we were initially attracted to the house.  Being a Californian Bungalow, the original front rooms were on the darker side. In contrast the vaulted ceiling created a brighter and more spacious living area at the rear of the house.

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Natural light flooded in too thanks to some highlight windows which were possible due to the pitch of the ceiling.

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What I didn’t love was the lack of warmth in winter. We had ducted gas heating and I added heavily lined drapes to try and retain the heat but it always felt cold. Ideally we could have added a fireplace on the back wall but it was poorly designed. Being so close to the back boundary fence proved an issue. A small side window (to the left of the photo above) meant that we couldn’t build into the room either. I had always dreamed of adding a feature pendant light as well. Unfortunately this would have competed with the (unattractive) ceiling fan which was somewhat effective in directing the heat downwards in winter.

These images have addressed the issue. By including a fireplace in their living spaces, which doubles as an attractive focal point, an additional heat source is provided.


HGTV Smart Home 2014

Vaulted Ceiling


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Sunny Side Up

Exposing the beams can add a rustic charm to the space. A large feature pendant or chandelier is the perfect addition.

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HGTV Dream Home

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I love seeing vaulted ceilings used in rooms where you wouldn’t ordinarily expect. This is the perfect parent’s retreat complete with double-sided fireplace!

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Birch Hill Design

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via My Ideal Home

Vaulted Ceiling

Emily Henderson

One of my favourite places to use a vaulted ceiling would have to be the kitchen. The skylights and additional windows create a bright and airy space with a farmhouse feel.

Vaulted Ceiling

Lisa Kauffman

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Mick de Guilio

What is your favourite room for a vaulted ceiling?

Belinda XO

3 Responses to "Lowdown on a Vaulted Ceiling"
  1. Wow, so much to love here. That blue velvet couch, the vaulted ceilings and fireplaces galore. I love the idea of the vaulted ceiling more in the living areas – light in Winter is gold. x

    • I know Vanessa, how amazing is that blue velvet couch! Vaulted ceilings in a living room are a winner for a light-filled space. Thanks so much for stopping by. X

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