Glamorous Lighting Ideas That Turn Tray Ceilings Into Architectural Masterpieces

Tray ceilings, also known as recessed ceilings, are easily identifiable thanks to their architectural look. A tray ceiling can be plain, ornate, subtle or dramatic, depending on how you want to design it. They often ask for lighting that allows them to showcase their unique design and to stand out.

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The oval tray ceiling makes a dramatic statement and, in this case, also matches the oval kitchen island. A rope light was used here to emphasize the shape.

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Cove lighting is a great option for tray ceilings, especially in the case of a bedroom which needs subtle light and a serene and tranquil ambiance.

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You can make an elegant statement with a tray ceiling by painting the center a different color than the frame. Regular lighting such as pendants and spotlights would look nice in that case.

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Ceilings in basements are usually lower so you can use sconces as indirect lighting. The light will be reflected onto the ceiling to create interesting visual effects and to make the room feel more spacious.

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Recessed lights can be used to frame a tray ceiling and to highlight its architectural design. However, they’re merely a solution for accent lighting and should be combined with other types for a complete look.

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By placing a chandelier or pendant light inside a tray ceiling you draw attention to its shape and design and it becomes a focal point for the room.

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By painting a tray ceiling a dark color, the cove lighting or recessed lights will reflect on its surface and create a fuzzy, warm look.

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To make a long and narrow room look more interesting and to distract the attention from its size, make the ceiling the center of attention. This tray ceiling stands out with its shape, color, finish and lighting.

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Tray ceiling designs are usually suitable for large rooms or spaces with high ceilings. This way you can install low hanging light fixtures which usually have a glamorous and dramatic impact.

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Another great place for a tray ceiling is the master bedroom. It’s a room that could use some architectural elegance.