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What Are Coffered Ceilings?

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

It’s no secret that the ceiling is your fifth wall. For many of us, the desire to change our interior design can be as simple as looking up. If you’re tired of the stale, plaster ceiling, it may be time to consider something with a little more style. Like a coffered ceiling! There is just something about coffered ceilings that can’t be beat. Their uniqueness, their opulence, their versatility. The list goes on.

What Is A Coffered Ceiling?

The word coffer literally means ‘indentation.’ This type of ceiling uses a series of recessed panels arranged in a grid to add depth to a flat or vaulted ceiling.

How Old Are Coffered Ceilings?

When we say coffered ceilings are timeless, we mean it. They’ve been around for millennia! Coffers were initially a creative technique to reduce the volume and weight of stone ceilings in ancient Rome. And here they stand today - far less functional, but just as beautiful. However, they do still maintain practical uses. Coffered ceilings can be used in urban projects to absorb sounds and separate or divide zones. They can also be used to cover up architectural oddities of a ceiling’s structural elements.

Which Rooms Look Best With A Coffered Ceiling?

Ideally, the ceiling should have a height of more than 9’ to get the best effect. Beams can also be sized to ensure they do not “close the room.” That being said, coffered ceilings are actually quite flexible in terms of style. Whether you want a farmhouse look or a modern approach, there’s a coffered ceiling for you.

Anything to help draw your eye upwards gives the illusion of higher ceilings and grandeur. If you’re looking for inspiration, coffered ceilings are a wonderful and ornamental element that works well in many spaces. If you need guidance in finding the best style for your home, contact us today at 905.856.9100 or


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