Posted by: jeb1 | August 26, 2011

The Space Above: Beautiful Barrel-Vaulted Ceilings

Posted on: August 17, 2011

Source: HOUZZ

There’s that scene in the first Harry Potter movie when Harry, Hermione and Ron walk into the great dining hall at Hogwarts for the first time. The room is vast and has a ceiling that seems to disappear into the night sky, adding mystery, wonder and magic to the scene.

One of the ways we can capture that same feeling in our own homes is to use a barrel vaulted ceiling. These ceilings open up and provide height to a room, allowing views to the sky and landscape beyond. And these ceilings can be finished in a range of different materials, from white painted drywall to beadboard to stenciling and more.

Architects and designers often will use a barrel-vaulted ceiling in a dining space. While the ceiling makes the room grand, friends and family gather around the table to enjoy a good meal and conversation. The experience is a wonderful combination of spaciousness and intimacy all at the same time. 

 
modern living room by Arthur Dyson Architects  
 
A barrel-vaulted ceiling captures and frames a beautiful view. If you place a piece of paper over the top of the picture, you’ll see just how much the barrel vault adds to the sense of space and how it can make the landscape a part of the home. Without the barrel vault, it just wouldn’t be the same.
 

by Arthur Dyson Architects

 

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