When it comes to designing the interiors of your home and utilising the space, whether it’s a self build, extension or renovation project, the height and shape of your ceiling can have an impact on everything from furniture placement, to arrangement and use of rooms, where to position glazing, and even the general feeling you get from being in that space.

From curved spaces to jagged arrangements, varying heights and more, we showcase some examples of how homeowners have created and dealt with unusual ceiling heights.

1. A Partially Vaulted Oak Frame

The partially vaulted ceiling in this oak frame home allows for areas of the grond floor to benefit from lofty ceiling heights, while still accommodating for a mezzanine level. A rooflight here also allows light to pour down from above.

The partially vaulted ceiling in this oak frame home allows for areas of the ground floor to benefit from lofty heights, while still accommodating for a mezzanine level. A rooflight here also allows light to pour down from above.

2. An Exposed Expanse

The exposed timber beams within this barn conversion create an unusual arrangement of ceiling heights, with the combination of double-height spaces broken up with lower beams providing more intimate areas. Thanks to the exposed nature, you can still glimpse up to the ridge height

The exposed timber beams within this barn conversion create an unusual arrangement of ceiling heights, with the combination of double-height and partially vaulted spaces broken up with lower beams which divide the more intimate areas from the voluminous ones. Thanks to the exposed nature, you can still glimpse up to the ridge height.

3. A Curved Ceiling/Staircase

The curved ceiling in this entrance hall allows for a striking curved staircase design which moves up the curved section of the home to the first floor level. Complete with a gallery and glazed balustrade, the result is truly unusual.

The curved nature of this entrance hall allows for a striking curved staircase design which moves up the curved expanse and connects all three levels of the home. Complete with a gallery and glazed balustrade, the result is truly unusual.

4. A Frameless Void

In this extension project, the tall ceiling has been punctured with structural frameless glazing which moves down the rear wall. Combined with the design of the glazing sitting above the ceiling height to one side of the room, the homeowners benefit from an open air feel.

In this extension project, the tall ceiling has been punctured with structural frameless glazing which moves down the rear wall. Combined with the design of the glazing sitting above the ceiling height to one side of the room, the homeowners benefit from an open air feel.

5. A Jagged Ceiling

In this American loft-style self build in Surrey, the open plan kitchen/dining/living space is broken up into zones thanks to the jagged ceiling made up of varying levels. The kitchen sits under a lower ceiling while the dining space opposite boasts views up to the roof. Exposed steel beams and glazed mezzanines add to the jagged effect

In this American loft-style self build in Surrey, the open plan kitchen/dining/living space is broken up into zones thanks to the jagged ceiling made up of varying levels. The kitchen sits under a lower ceiling while the dining space opposite boasts views up to the roof. Exposed steel beams and glazed mezzanines add to the jagged effect.

6. A Varied Arrangement

A change in levels adds drama to the living room in this self build project. Stepping down from the more enclosed kitchen with lower ceiling, the impact of the double-height volume in the living room is made even greater. A mezzanine breaks up this space

A change in levels adds drama to the living room in this self build project. Stepping down from the more enclosed kitchen with lower ceiling, the impact of the double-height volume in the living room is made even greater. A mezzanine breaks up this space.

7. A Triple-Height Void

A dramatic triple-height void in this contemporary self build leads the eye upwards thanks to a rooflight positioned at the apex. Galleried sections with glazed balustrades at first and second floor level allow each part of the home to enjoy views up and down the void.

A dramatic triple-height void in this contemporary self build leads the eye upwards thanks to a rooflight positioned at the apex. Galleried sections with glazed balustrades at first and second floor level allow each part of the home to enjoy views up and down the void.

8. A Well-Zoned Space

The varied ceiling in this woodland home has been made all the more unusual thanks to being partially clad in timber — the same material used on the staircase and sections of wall cladding. The effect helps to break up the space and also signpost the elements which are double and single height.

The varied ceiling in this woodland home has been made all the more unusual thanks to being partially clad in timber — the same material used on the staircase and sections of wall cladding. The effect helps to break up the space and also signpost the elements which are double and single height.

9. A Triangular Shaped Design

The steeply sloping pitch of the ceiling in this bedroom creates an almost triangular shaped space

The steeply sloping pitch in this bedroom creates an almost triangular shaped space. Hidden LED strip lighting washes the top of the void in light.

10. An Enclosed Space

A low ceiling clad in timber to match the walls creates a cosy, enclosed space for a home office in this renovation project.

A ceiling clad in timber to match the walls creates a cosy, enclosed space for a home office in this renovation project, and creates the illusion of the ceiling being lower than it is.

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