Design Feature: Vaulted Ceilings

Vaulted Ceilings

When you’re looking to add a sense of space and light to your property – not to mention a dramatic
effect – vaulted ceilings could be the perfect design feature.

With lots of variants and options to choose from, a vaulted ceiling works well in both traditional an
modern properties and is a stunning architectural element to consider if you’re planning a new
build, extension or loft conversion.

What is a vaulted ceiling?

Any variant of raised ceiling that is heightened to a minimum of 8 feet or more is generally
considered vaulted.

There any many different types of vaulted ceilings to suit different properties and characters; barrel,
rib, or domed vaults are just some of the options available so it’s important to research the style that
you prefer. If you’re more restricted on space, a partially vaulted ceiling could also be the right
option for you.

Choosing the right style for you

Traditional/Rustic – with exposed beams and natural wood, you can create a charming and cosy feel
in any room. Perfect for pairing with a feature fireplace, a good book and a nice glass of red.

Modern – with a focus on clean lines, bright colours and lots of natural light, this style is also ideal
for smaller spaces to create an airy feel.

Best of both worlds – your house, your rules. You don’t need to feel limited to any particular style
and can opt for a combination that adds character, light and space to your property.

Things to consider

Natural light – Vaulted ceilings can be a perfect way to maximise natural light in your home; key to
improving your sense of well-being. Not only can you add taller or a greater number of windows, but you
could also think about installing a skylight or Velux windows.

Attic space

You don’t have to sacrifice your existing attic space if you’re thinking of installing
vaulted ceilings. If you’re including them within a new extension, you can keep your current loft
space intact. Or consider making your ceilings a feature in just one area of the house – the kitchen,
bathroom or master bedroom perhaps.


Built in or bespoke wardrobes/storage can be ideal to include as a design feature when
installing vaulted ceilings so you maximise the space without losing the dramatic effect.


With so many beautiful options to choose from – chandelier, spotlights, low hanging
pendants or wall-supported lights – it’s important to consider the type of lighting you want to install
as part of your overall design.

Start your journey with Papps Cock & Co

Whatever you’ve got in mind for your property, our expert team are happy to talk through the
options with you. Whether you’re working with an architect already or would like to use our full
design and build service, we’d be delighted to help you create a beautiful result to the highest of

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