25 Vaulted Ceiling Ideas With Pros And Cons

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A vault is an arched form extruded into the third dimension used to provide a space with a ceiling or roof. Vaulted ceilings were first used in cathedrals or basilicas centuries ago but later architects began to use them in various castles and in usual homes. Today you can also find various buildings with such ceilings, and if you are hesitating whether you need it or not, here are some pros and cons with examples.

Pros Of Vaulted Ceilings

A vaulted ceiling is usually accompanied with windows or skylights, which flood your space with natural light, which is a great advantage. Consider double glazing the surrounding glass to decrease energy requirements for heating/cooling.

a vaulted ceiling with skylights floods the room with natural light

a vaulted ceiling with skylights floods the room with natural light

a modern-looking vaulted ceiling with skylights that bring much light in

a modern-looking vaulted ceiling with skylights that bring much light in

a vaulted ceiling with skylights and wooden beams brings a rustic feel and light in

a vaulted ceiling with skylights and wooden beams brings a rustic feel and light in

a vaulted ceiling with skylights and wooden beams for a rustic feel and enough light

a vaulted ceiling with skylights and wooden beams for a rustic feel and enough light

a modern vaulted ceiling with a skylight to bring even more light in

a modern vaulted ceiling with a skylight to bring even more light in

Exposed beams are a trendy decor feature that adds character to the space. A vaulted ceiling is a great idea to add some even if originally there were no beams. They will add coziness and a rustic feel, and of course a character – even a simple space will be highlighted. Vaulted ceilings with beams add oomph to the room’s design and appeal.

a neutral open space with a high vaulted ceiling with whitewashed beams

a neutral open space with a high vaulted ceiling with whitewashed beams

a shabby chic dining room features a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams

a shabby chic dining room features a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams

white beams used for additional lighting

white beams used for additional lighting

if you have original wooden beams, you can use them in a practical way to hang some lights

if you have original wooden beams, you can use them in a practical way to hang some lights

exposed wooden beams are extremely popular as a decor feature now

exposed wooden beams are extremely popular as a decor feature now

chic wooden beams and wood-covered ceiling is a gorgeous rustic feature that adds coziness

chic wooden beams and wood-covered ceiling is a gorgeous rustic feature that adds coziness

Even if you don’t opt for wooden beams, a vaulted ceiling has a high potential for rustic appeal. Vaulted ceilings covered in wood planks provide a space with rustic charm. Due to their positioning (up high), the ceiling is one of the first things an eye notices. A perfect option for a modern rustic space!

wood covered vaulted ceiling adds a cozy rustic touch to the space

wood covered vaulted ceiling adds a cozy rustic touch to the space

a whitewashed wood covered ceiling perfectly fits this airy bedroom

a whitewashed wood covered ceiling perfectly fits this airy bedroom

a Scandinavian space with a white vaulted ceiling covered with wood and lamps that highlight it

a Scandinavian space with a white vaulted ceiling covered with wood and lamps that highlight it

a simple wood covered vaulted ceiling made of reclaimed wood

a simple wood covered vaulted ceiling made of reclaimed wood

a dark colored wooden ceiling makes a statement in this light-colored bathroom

a dark colored wooden ceiling makes a statement in this light-colored bathroom

such wood-covered ceilings are great for chalet-inspired spaces

such wood-covered ceilings are great for chalet-inspired spaces

When designed strategically, vaulted ceilings can provide a much-needed venting area for unwanted hot air. This is particularly beneficial in a bathroom, where drying out as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth is a must.

Cons Of Vaulted Ceilings

A vaulted ceiling means having a lot of dead space where nothing ever goes in and nothing ever comes out. A vaulted ceiling always makes a space look bigger and more expansive, and it means that there will be no intimate feeling. If you need maximal coziness, such a ceiling isn’t the best idea.

Dusting a ceiling fan or changing a lightbulb can require professionals because of the immense height. To solve this problem, you can at least hang lamps and chandelier lower to make changing bulbs easier.

such a high vaulted ceiling means a lot of dead space that can't be used

such a high vaulted ceiling means a lot of dead space that can't be used

changing bulbs on such a high hanging chandelier is difficult

changing bulbs on such a high hanging chandelier is difficult

such a high whitewashed ceiling can make the space not very cozy or intimate

such a high whitewashed ceiling can make the space not very cozy or intimate

hanging lamps and lights lower is a great way to handle too high ceilings

hanging lamps and lights lower is a great way to handle too high ceilings

place lamps on the wooden beams to make changing bulbs easier

place lamps on the wooden beams to make changing bulbs easier

to make the space cozier despite of a high ceiling, you can use wooden beams of some saturated shade

to make the space cozier despite of a high ceiling, you can use wooden beams of some saturated shade

a high vaulted ceiling requires more heating or cooling, and changing bulbs up there is difficult

a high vaulted ceiling requires more heating or cooling, and changing bulbs up there is difficult

hang lamps lower to make changing bulbs and dusting lamps easier

hang lamps lower to make changing bulbs and dusting lamps easier

On cold days the larger spaces created by vaulted ceilings require more energy to heat, and on the contrary – on hot days you’ll need more energy to cool down the space. This is a waste as no one uses that that air up but still you need to do that.