Between Valentine’s Day and a recent job our crew completed for one of our clients, we find ourselves inspired to share why we love tray ceilings. Check out why tray ceilings, simple and cost-effective, can make such a huge difference to just about any room in your home.  

What is a Tray Ceiling?

Before we explain why we love tray ceilings, here is a quick definition of what a tray ceiling is and why we think it’s a perfect marriage of form and function

Consider HGTV’s definition: “A tray ceiling, also called an inverted or recessed ceiling, features a center section that is several inches (or several feet) higher than the areas around the perimeter of the room. This design allows for the use of colors painted on the trim that can turn a bland ceiling into a focal point.”

From a functional standpoint, you can enhance this focal point with strategically installed lighting around the perimeter, which will be even more versatile by adding a dimmer switch for total ambiance control. 

Should You Consider a Tray Ceiling? 

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In our opinion, anyone looking to renovate or remodel a room in their home should consider a tray ceiling.

Here are a few reasons why: 

Redefine the Size of a Space Quickly

Tray ceilings are versatile in that they offer a quick fix for a space that feels too large or too small. If you have a large room with high ceilings, installing a tray ceiling can provide interesting depth and personality; in other words, it stops the space from feeling overwhelming. 

On the other hand, tray ceilings work wonders for small spaces by making the room seem larger and appearing to open up a low ceiling, lending it the illusion of greater height and depth.

Luce Contracting subcontractor, Alex Matanza, opening the ceiling space for our client.

A Cost-Effective Solution

Unlike so many home renovation or remodel wishes, installing a tray ceiling can actually be an affordable option. Of course, the estimate will be determined by your design and dreams for the room you’d like to renovate. Costs are impacted by how intricate the requested design and detail work is, along with the size of the space to be altered. 

Adding some visual depth and detail to make the ceiling a focal point in the bedroom below.

Generally speaking, tray ceilings can be installed around the $2,500-$4,000 price range. Ultimately, you determine the final price based on the intricacies of your tray ceiling. 

Tray Ceiling Options are Practically Endless

The sky’s the limit (we couldn’t resist throwing in a bad pun) when it comes to tray ceilings. Between the size and shape — square, rectangular, circular or oval — to the endless paint possibilities, including stenciling, you can create a ceiling that complements any theme or room perfectly. 

Take a walk through your home and envision what a tray ceiling could mean for your next quick and effective room makeover. Contact us when you’re ready to get started! We will give you a free estimate and offer any advice on your tray ceiling design