When you are looking to do a ceiling there are lots of options besides just plain drywall. The other options are a wood or coffered ceiling. You can also add special paint to create an illuminated ceiling. These options add architectural warmth.
In this beach house in South Laguna, the ceiling was part of the original home design and we just continued it. The ceiling is tongue and groove Doug Fir and the floor is mahogany. We chose mahogany for its beauty and closeness in color to the Doug Fir. The original floors in the home were Doug Fir, but they were too soft. So we changed them to mahogany. The contrast brings great warmth and richness to the room. We added can lighting for efficient general lighting. There is also under cabinet lighting. The countertop is a lush green granite called Butterfly. It adds an additional warmth with its organic color of deep emerald greens and hints of gold and specs of white. The appliances are of restaurant quality. There is a prep sink in the Island directly behind the main sink. Like the flooring, the ceiling has a sealer on it. It can be resealed or oiled over time for maintenance. The floor is a solid mahogany and the only thing it needs is normal wood floor maintenance. These wall panels were actually the originals from back in the 1930s. A lot of the 20s and 30s beach houses have wall panels and wood ceilings. We saved them and duplicated new ones from that. It’s taking the old and making it new.
If someone wants to do an alternate look to the normal dry wall ceiling, a wood or coffered ceiling adds warmth and sophistication to the space. It requires a carpenter to do it. What you spend to put this wood over the drywall is worth it ten times over because the finished look enhances the character and finishes off the room with a more custom look.
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