50 Dining Rooms with Tray Ceilings (Photos)

Check out these amazing dining room designs with tray ceilings. Wha'ts great about a tray ceiling is you get a premium ceiling design in rooms with a second floor. Vaulted ceilings are great, but you give up living space above; whereas with tray ceilings you don't.
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This photo gallery features dining rooms with tray ceilings.  We add to this gallery weekly, so be sure to check back regularly.

The tray ceiling is a popular option to dress up any room adding depth to a regular height ceiling.  It’s a nice decorative touch.

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A dine-in kitchen featuring a black dining table and chairs set on top of an area rug covering the hardwood flooring. The area has a tray ceiling with a modish ceiling lighting.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a black dining table and chairs set on top of an area rug covering the hardwood flooring. The area has a tray ceiling with a modish ceiling lighting.

A formal dining room featuring classy tiles flooring and a stunning tray ceiling with beautiful pendant lights just above the table and chairs set.

A formal dining room featuring classy tiles flooring and a stunning tray ceiling with beautiful pendant lights just above the table and chairs set.

A dine-in kitchen featuring very stylish flooring that matches the dining table and chairs set. It has a breathtaking ceiling lighting above it.

A dine-in kitchen featuring very stylish flooring that matches the dining table and chairs set. It has a breathtaking ceiling lighting above it.

A formal dining room featuring a glass top dining table and classy chairs lighted by a luxurious chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling. 

A formal dining room featuring a glass top dining table and classy chairs lighted by a luxurious chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling.

Formal dining room featuring elegant walls and chairs set on a large rug covering the tiles flooring and is lighted by a glamorous chandelier.

Formal dining room featuring elegant walls and chairs set on a large rug covering the tiles flooring and is lighted by a glamorous chandelier.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a stunning tray ceiling lighted by a fantastic ceiling lighting. The room offers a dining table set and a breakfast bar.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a stunning tray ceiling lighted by a fantastic ceiling lighting. The room offers a dining table set and a breakfast bar.

Great room featuring a living space, a dining table set, a breakfast bar and a kitchen. The room also boasts hardwood floors, glass windows and a tray ceiling lighted by a modish chandelier.

Great room featuring a living space, a dining table set, a breakfast bar and a kitchen. The room also boasts hardwood floors, glass windows and a tray ceiling lighted by a modish chandelier.

A dining room featuring a classy dining table and chairs set on top of a rug. The table set is lighted by an enchanting chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling.

A dining room featuring a classy dining table and chairs set on top of a rug. The table set is lighted by an enchanting chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling.

Formal dining room with a modish dining table and chairs set along with a rug. The table set is situated near the glass windows.

Formal dining room with a modish dining table and chairs set along with a rug. The table set is situated near the glass windows.

A luxurious dining room featuring hardwood flooring topped by a stylish rug and a tray ceiling that looks absolutely stylish.

A luxurious dining room featuring hardwood flooring topped by a stylish rug and a tray ceiling that looks absolutely stylish.

This home boasts a very stylish interior featuring black and purple shade. It also features hardwood floors and a tray ceiling. The dining area is lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.

This home boasts a very stylish interior featuring black and purple shade. It also features hardwood floors and a tray ceiling. The dining area is lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.

A dining table set for 6 lighted by a classy chandelier set on the room's elegant tray ceiling.

A dining table set for 6 lighted by a classy chandelier set on the room’s elegant tray ceiling.

A dining room featuring a dining table and chairs set on the hardwood flooring. The pendant lighting hangs from the tray ceiling.

A dining room featuring a dining table and chairs set on the hardwood flooring. The pendant lighting hangs from the tray ceiling.

Large formal dining room featuring white walls and carpet floors, along with a tray ceiling. The dining table set is lighted by a charming ceiling lighting.

Large formal dining room featuring white walls and carpet floors, along with a tray ceiling. The dining table set is lighted by a charming ceiling lighting.

Spacious dining room featuring an area rug where the dining table set is situated. It is lighted by a gorgeous chandelier set on the room's tray ceiling.

Spacious dining room featuring an area rug where the dining table set is situated. It is lighted by a gorgeous chandelier set on the room’s tray ceiling.

Formal dining room featuring stylish tiles flooring and a tray ceiling lighted by recessed lights. The dining table set can accommodate up to 20 persons.

Formal dining room featuring stylish tiles flooring and a tray ceiling lighted by recessed lights. The dining table set can accommodate up to 20 persons.

Dining area featuring hardwood flooring and a white tray ceiling lighted by a modish chandelier.

Dining area featuring hardwood flooring and a white tray ceiling lighted by a modish chandelier.

This dining room offers an elegant oval dining table and chairs set on top of a stylish rug. It is lighted by a fabulous chandelier.

This dining room offers an elegant oval dining table and chairs set on top of a stylish rug. It is lighted by a fabulous chandelier.

A dining room featuring hardwood floors and is surrounded by red walls. It also has a tray ceiling with a charming ceiling lighting.

A dining room featuring hardwood floors and is surrounded by red walls. It also has a tray ceiling with a charming ceiling lighting.

A dining room boasting a luxurious tray ceiling and a stunning flooring, lighted by wall lights and a pendant lighting.

A dining room boasting a luxurious tray ceiling and a stunning flooring, lighted by wall lights and a pendant lighting.

This beautiful red room embraces Chinese design with a custom photo ceiling featuring a dragon. The light fixture has a series of pillar candles above the table.

An elegant dining room with an enormous archway and a tray ceiling trimmed in Flex Trim lighted by a luxurious chandelier.

A large round dining table set on top of the dining room's carpet flooring and surrounded by white walls and a tray ceiling lighted by a stunning chandelier.

Designed by: Vick Vanlian

A large round dining table set on top of the dining room’s carpet flooring and surrounded by white walls and a tray ceiling lighted by a stunning chandelier.

Dining area featuring a rectangle dining table with white chairs under the tray ceiling featuring a pair of modern ceiling lights.

This view of the dining and living space showcases the beautiful white walls and classy flooring along with glass windows overlooking the Los Angeles city.

A splendid dining room featuring black tiles flooring and a custom dining table set under the stunning ceiling.

A luxurious dining room featuring an elegant dining table set on top of a large rug surrounded by classy walls and is lighted by an enchanting grand chandelier.

Large dining room featuring a modern gray dining table set matching the surrounding gray walls. The room also has a tray ceiling with a beautiful ceiling lighting.

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Large dining room featuring a modern gray dining table set matching the surrounding gray walls. The room also has a tray ceiling with beautiful ceiling lighting.

Spacious dining room featuring hardwood flooring and white walls along with a tray ceiling lighted by a gorgeous ceiling lighting.

This dining room offers an elegant dining table set and chairs lighted by classy ceiling lights. The tray ceiling adds elegance to the room.

Formal dining room featuring a rustic dining table and chairs set under the classy tray ceiling.

By Mark English Architects, AIA

Formal dining room featuring a rustic dining table and chairs set under the classy tray ceiling.

Modern home featuring a dining table and chairs set on the large rug covering the hardwood flooring. The room offers two shelves with attractive wall decor in the middle.

By Aspen Design Room

Modern home featuring a dining table and chairs set on the large rug covering the hardwood flooring. The room offers two shelves with attractive wall decor in the middle.

A dining room featuring hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling. The dining table is paired with modish chairs.

By Landmark Homes

A dining room featuring hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling. The dining table is paired with modish chairs.

This dining room offers a dining table with modern seats set on the tiles flooring and is surrounded by white walls and a tray ceiling.

By High End Staging (HES)

This dining room offers a dining table with modern seats set on the tiles flooring and is surrounded by white walls and a tray ceiling.

A round dining table set lighted by a glamorous chandelier hanging from the white tray ceiling.

By Cutuli Homes

A round dining table set lighted by a glamorous chandelier hanging from the white tray ceiling.

Modern formal dining room offering a rectangular dining table paired with white chairs set on the hardwood flooring.

By Ari Loar Interiors, Inc

Modern formal dining room offering a rectangular dining table paired with white chairs set on the hardwood flooring.

Formal dining room featuring stylish gray walls lighted by wall sconces along with hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling.

By A-Design By Gustavo Arredondo, Inc.

Formal dining room featuring stylish gray walls lighted by wall sconces along with hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling.

This dining room offers elegant chairs and a handsome dining table on top of the stylish rug covering the hardwood flooring.

By Kay’s Decor & Interiors, LLC

This dining room offers elegant chairs and a handsome dining table on top of the stylish rug covering the hardwood flooring.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a glass top table with charming chairs lighted by stylish pendant lights on a tray ceiling.

By Chris Snook

A dine-in kitchen featuring a glass top table with charming chairs lighted by stylish pendant lights on a tray ceiling.

A close up look at this luxurious dining table set finished with gold and is lighted by a very attractive chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling.

By Luxe Home Expo

A close up look at this luxurious dining table set finished with gold and is lighted by a very attractive chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling.

A dine-in kitchen with a modish dining table and chairs set situated on the hardwood flooring. The home also boasts a tray ceiling.

By Francesca Owings Interior Design

A dine-in kitchen with a modish dining table and chairs set situated on the hardwood flooring. The home also boasts a tray ceiling.

Formal living room featuring white walls and a tray ceiling, along with artistic and attractive wall decors.

By Dwell Lane

Formal living room featuring white walls and a tray ceiling, along with artistic and attractive wall decors.

A dining room with stylish dining table and chairs set that match the wall design. The tray ceiling also matches the kitchen's style.

By The McMullin Design Group

A dining room with stylish dining table and chairs set that match the wall design. The tray ceiling also matches the kitchen’s style.

A classy dining table set on top of a rug covering the hardwood flooring. The room also has a tray ceiling.

By Dawson Design Group

A classy dining table set on top of a rug covering the hardwood flooring. The room also has a tray ceiling.

Spacious dine-in kitchen featuring hardwood flooring topped by a rug. The round dining table set is situated under the tray ceiling lighted by a beautiful chandelier.

By Meridith Baer Home

Spacious dine-in kitchen featuring hardwood flooring topped by a rug. The round dining table set is situated under the tray ceiling lighted by a beautiful chandelier.

A formal dining room boasting a glass top dining table lighted by two gorgeous chandeliers and are set on the tray ceiling.

By MainBuilt

A formal dining room boasting a glass top dining table lighted by two gorgeous chandeliers and are set on the tray ceiling.

Spacious formal dining room featuring hardwood flooring topped by a rug where the modish dining table and chairs are set.

By Cohen Inv, LLC

Spacious formal dining room featuring hardwood flooring topped by a rug where the modish dining table and chairs are set.

Modern home featuring a handsome dining table and chairs set lighted by a stunning chandelier set on the room's tray ceiling.

By Environmental Dynamics, Inc.

Modern home featuring a handsome dining table and chairs set lighted by a stunning chandelier set on the room’s tray ceiling.

A dining room featuring a wooden dining table with white chairs matching the white walls and white tray ceiling.

By Rooms by Eve

A dining room featuring a wooden dining table with white chairs matching the white walls and white tray ceiling.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a nice dining table and chairs set along with a breakfast bar.

By Patterson Custom Homes

A dine-in kitchen featuring a nice dining table and chairs set along with a breakfast bar.

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What is a tray ceiling?

It’s a ceiling where the main center area is indented while the outer edge drops lower.  It can be slightly indented such as a few inches or extremely indented several feet.

It’s called a tray ceiling because it’s like an inverted tray stuck to the ceiling.

It’s also referred to as a recessed ceiling.

For dining rooms with a very tall ceiling and if so inclined, you can do a double-tray ceiling which is like steps of inverted steps dropping into the center of the ceiling.

What does a tray ceiling do design-wise?

It creates depth and can nicely frame a room.  It also adds design texture to space.

It’s particularly nice in dining rooms because the outer lower edge frames the dining table which gives an overall pleasing effect to the eye.

Should the ceiling be higher than average?

Yes, especially if the depth of the recessed area is significant.  You don’t want the lower edge to be lower than a regular ceiling.  Which means the indented area will be higher than the regular ceiling height.

Dressing up a tray ceiling

You can go with a plain look or dress it up the following ways:

  • mirror;
  • lighting such as recessed lights embedded in the outer ridge;
  • art/mural;
  • mosaic;
  • trim;
  • wallpaper;
  • decorative molding.

Lighting

Because the center of the ceiling is above-regulation height, you can suspend lights without encroaching into the dining room space.  Besides, suspended or hanging lights such as a chandelier or pendant light is ideal for a dining room table.

The out ridge can have a nice ring of recessed lighting to supplement the pendant lighting in the center.  For dining ambiance, it’s a good idea to have all lighting dimmable.

Inspiration

Check out our gallery above featuring stunning examples.









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