Trend Alert: Planked Wood Ceiling

Trend Alert: Planked Wood Ceiling

Wendy Hyde


What is a ceiling? Is it simply a roof over our heads, so to speak? The answer to that question by designers is increasingly “no!” A ceiling really can be a fifth wall. And that opens up endless possibilities for interesting treatments.


One of the ceiling design treatments that is gaining popularity right now is the addition of wood planking. More than just the addition of beams, planked ceilings add visual texture and interest creating great focal points in a room. So the next time you are redoing a room…look up and consider the addition of wood to your ceiling.


Rustic Family Room by Carl Vernlund

To emphasize a dramatic vault such as this one, intricate beams are added to a wood panelled ceiling.


Traditional Family Room by Frederick + Frederick Architects

Combining wood panelling and coffering creates a visually dynamic ceiling treatment.


Modern Family Room by usona

Bleached panelling adds texture without adding color in this contemporary space.


Mediterranean Family Room by BraytonHughes Design Studios

Warm wood and beams accent the vaulted ceiling in this family room.


Midcentury Family Room by mark gerwing

A planked ceiling is a unique addition to a kitchen.


Eclectic Family Room

Rough hewn wood adds to the rustic feeling of this room.


Rustic Porch Rustic Porch

Painting a wood ceiling brightens a room while still adding texture.


Modern Family Room by Fuse Architects, Inc.

The dark wood on the ceiling echos the dark wood on the floor and contrasts beautifully with the crisp white walls.


Contemporary Bedroom by Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography

Draw visual attention to a unique ceiling like this curved one with wood planking.


Tropical Bedroom by Sutton Suzuki Architects

Painted wood beams are a lovely addition to a master bedroom.


Eclectic Bedroom by Elad Gonen

A serene bedroom gets some visual texture from the addition of a painted panelled ceiling.

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