What A Homeowner Should Know About Tray Ceilings

April 29, 2013

Tray ceilings are good looking and help to make a room appear more spacious than it actually is. By painting the “tray” part of the ceiling a lighter color than the rest of the ceiling, a person can also brighten up a room that may not get a lot of natural lighting. These ceilings are particularly ideal for the living room, dining room, bedroom, and hallway. They can also be a good option for the kitchen.

What are the Options?

A tray ceiling can be either recessed or inverted. A recessed ceiling works from the outer edges of the room, meaning that the highest part of the ceiling will be located in the center of the room. Inverted ceilings work in the opposite manner. Instead of making a room appear larger and more spacious, inverted ceilings are made to put an emphasis on ornamental decorative objects.

Both recessed and inverted ceilings use crown molding to create both depth and height. A home builder making a custom home can use various faces and finishes to emphasize various levels of the ceiling. On the other hand, a homeowner can make his or her own tray ceiling and add the desired crown molding options.


Choosing the right lighting will help to beautify the new ceiling.  Chandeliers, rope lighting, and pendant lights are some of the most popular options for a tray ceiling.

A low hanging chandelier is an ideal option for a recessed ceiling. The fact that the highest part of the ceiling is located in the center of the room enables a homeowner to install a larger, more decorative chandelier than would have otherwise been possible. Pendant lighting also looks good with a tray ceiling and can be used to further emphasize wall decorations or provide direct lighting to a particular area of the room.

Rope lighting is one of the most popular features for homes with tray ceilings. While this form of lighting is not sufficient to brighten up a room for regular use, it is ideal for parties, evening events or a romantic time with your significant other.  Rope lighting can be installed on any tray ceiling and is commonly used in the bedroom, living room, dining room and even kitchen.

Rope lighting consists of a resin tube with various small lights. The crown molding on the ceiling conceals the light fixtures, thus emphasizing the ceiling itself and giving a room a soft, romantic glow. This type of lighting comes in various colors and is easy to purchase and install.

Adding a tray ceiling to the roof is a great yet simple way to beautify the room. It is not hard to build such a ceiling and there are various style options to choose from. Once the ceiling is built, adding the right type of lighting will emphasize the ceiling or one or more decorative objects in the room. Suitable lighting will also help to provide the type of ambiance desired by the homeowner at any given time.