COF­FERED CEIL­INGS

Real Living (Philippines) - - Real Homes -

This type of classical ceil­ing has been around since the time of the Ro­mans, and can still be seen to­day inside the Pan­theon in Rome. A cof­fer is de­scribed as “a sunken panel in a ceil­ing, in­clud­ing the in­te­ri­ors of domes and vaults”. The word can be traced back to the Greek word kophi­nos, which means bas­ket. In­spired by criss­cross­ing beams, fin­ished cof­fers are nor­mally ac­cented with lay­ers of dec­o­ra­tive crown mold­ing that el­e­vate the en­tire look, adding to the over­all ef­fect of depth, lux­ury, and op­u­lence.

While the use of square or rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped cof­fers is more preva­lent, oc­tag­o­nal shapes may be used as well. Usu­ally at­trib­uted to manors or grand ar­chi­tec­tural struc­tures, the cof­fered ceil­ing de­sign may seem in­tim­i­dat­ing, es­pe­cially for those who live in smaller spa­ces. How­ever, when prop­erly ex­e­cuted, cof­fered ceil­ing can work un­ex­pected won­ders. In this par­tic­u­lar home, keep­ing the ceil­ing white pares down the heav­i­ness of the cof­fers and al­lows them to blend in with the panel mold­ings on the walls and the bulky fur­ni­ture in the room.

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