54 Living Rooms with Soaring 2-Story & Cathedral Ceilings

Absolutely stunning collection of 54 living rooms with soaring 2-story and cathedral ceilings. There's nothing like a soaring ceiling for a living room - see these.
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Welcome to our gallery highlighting a very particular sort of grand living room.

This gallery features rooms with soaring, two story cathedral ceilings. While expanded vertical space may not allow for more seating or traffic room, and greatly expands the perceived space of a room, and offers unique ways to add detail, function, and surprise to any space.

The styles gathered here run from completely rustic to thoroughly modern, with every mixture and configuration between. Some designers choose to fill the overhead space with chandeliers or exposed beams. Some of these homes feature interior balconies or catwalks, exposing the upper floors to the full height room, affording views that would be impossible in any other space.

Look for modern touches like unique wall-built shelving, mirrors, and striking woodwork. Look for massive fireplace structures reaching toward the ceiling. Look for a multitude of full height windows, opening these grand spaces even further with wide exterior views.

We found ourselves in awe at many of these rooms and hope that you can feel the same.

This sprawling living room opens fully to patio space with retractible glass panels. An array of white leather sofas and minimalist wood tables stand over white tile flooring, with brown area rug and oblong tables standing on left, beneath large artful wood-panel ceiling detail.

This sprawling living room opens fully to patio space with retractable glass panels. An array of white leather sofas and minimalist wood tables stand over white tile flooring, with brown area rug and oblong tables standing on left, beneath large artful wood-panel ceiling detail.

This is a beautiful soaring white coastal style living room with hardwood flooring, view of the upper landing and 2-story windows.

Design by: Rebecca Mitchell Interiors.  Photo by Drew Hadley.  This is a beautiful soaring white coastal style living room with hardwood flooring, view of the upper landing and 2-story windows.  See the rest of this home here.

 Aerial view of the 2-story living room of the Hudson Residence by Rebecca Mitchell Interiors.

Design by: Rebecca Mitchell Interiors.  Photo by Drew Hadley.  Aerial view of the 2-story living room of the Hudson Residence.

This picture nicely depicts the soaring 2-story windows that flood this elegant and bright living room with natural light.

Design by: Rebecca Mitchell Interiors.  Photo by Drew Hadley.  This picture nicely depicts the soaring 2-story windows that flood this elegant and bright living room with natural light.  See the rest of this home here.

Wood railing catwalk overlooks this living room, with patterned sofa and twin white chairs facing over glass topped dark wood coffee table and black and white design area rug on beige stone flooring.

Wood railing catwalk overlooks this living room, with patterned sofa and twin white chairs facing over glass topped dark wood coffee table and black and white design area rug on beige stone flooring.

Soaring vaulted ceiling with exposed natural wood beams hovers over this cozy space, with large stone fireplace standing before a pair of leather roll arm chairs and painted circular coffee table.

Soaring vaulted ceiling with exposed natural wood beams hovers over this cozy space, with large stone fireplace standing before a pair of leather roll arm chairs and painted circular coffee table

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Delicately balanced living room stands light and dark furniture over sprawling beige area rug on dark wood floor, beneath vaulted white ceiling with natural wood exposed beams.


Delicately balanced living room stands light and dark furniture over sprawling beige area rug on dark wood floor, beneath vaulted white ceiling with natural wood exposed beams. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Massive two story living room centered around red floral area rug, featuring dark leather chairs and striped sofa set, hardwood flooring, grand piano, and massive fireplace. Lengthy catwalk hallway overlooks the space lit with natural light via full height windows.
Massive two story living room centered around red floral area rug, featuring dark leather chairs and striped sofa set, hardwood flooring, grand piano, and massive fireplace. Lengthy catwalk hallway overlooks the space lit with natural light via full height windows.

Lush two story living room in white stands over dark hardwood flooring, with balcony space overlooking. U-shaped white sectional and matching two-tier coffee table stand over thick brown rug, with marble fireplace standing across.

Lush two story living room in white stands over dark hardwood flooring, with balcony space overlooking. U-shaped white sectional and matching two-tier coffee table stand over thick brown rug, with marble fireplace standing across.

This living room features a massive marble fireplace with white mantle, placed against huge wall-size mirror. Ornate glass-topped wood coffee table and detailed end table stand with array of furniture including plush patterned sofa with matching throw pillows.

This living room features a massive marble fireplace with white mantle, placed against huge wall-size mirror. Ornate glass-topped wood coffee table and detailed end table stand with array of furniture including plush patterned sofa with matching throw pillows.

Grand, central living room in yellow and white, with dark hardwood flooring and spiral staircase, stands below curved vaulted ceiling and balcony overlooks. Dark wood furniture and white patterned sofas fill out the space.

Grand, central living room in yellow and white, with dark hardwood flooring and spiral staircase, stands below curved vaulted ceiling and balcony overlooks. Dark wood furniture and white patterned sofas fill out the space. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Living room defined by dark hardwood flooring wrapped in grey marble, this minimalist space stands white and dark wood cabinetry next to beige brick walls, with large L-shaped black leather sectional at center. Spiral chandelier and small balcony overlook the space.

Living room defined by dark hardwood flooring wrapped in grey marble, this minimalist space stands white and dark wood cabinetry next to beige brick walls, with large L-shaped black leather sectional at center. Spiral chandelier and small balcony overlook the space.

Bold white marble fireplace is flanked by floor to ceiling windows in this two story height living room. Matching brown sofas stand around wood framed ottoman coffee table on floral area rug, in an open space dominated by light hardwood flooring.

Bold white marble fireplace is flanked by floor to ceiling windows in this two story height living room. Matching brown sofas stand around wood framed ottoman coffee table on floral area rug, in an open space dominated by light hardwood flooring.

White vaulted ceiling stands over this sage colored living room, with bright natural hardwood flooring and pair of red patterned area rugs. White stone fireplace and immense dark wood entertainment cabinet stand over a pair of striped chairs and plush leather sofa with oval wood coffee table at center.
White vaulted ceiling stands over this sage colored living room, with bright natural hardwood flooring and pair of red patterned area rugs. White stone fireplace and immense dark wood entertainment cabinet stand over a pair of striped chairs and plush leather sofa with oval wood coffee table at center.

High contrast living room pairs black hardwood flooring with white walls, reaching up to a vaulted ceiling with exposed natural wood beams. Immense arched two-story windows define the view, with set of green and grey furniture pieces on grey rug wrapped around metal and glass tables.

High contrast living room pairs black hardwood flooring with white walls, reaching up to a vaulted ceiling with exposed natural wood beams. Immense arched two-story windows define the view, with set of green and grey furniture pieces on grey rug wrapped around metal and glass tables. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Here's another living room with an immense, arched full height window wall. Brick fireplace stretches to the ceiling, standing over a pair of red leather sofas, natural wood tables, and patterned easy chairs in the distance.

Here’s another living room with an immense, arched full height window wall. Brick fireplace stretches to the ceiling, standing over a pair of red leather sofas, natural wood tables, and patterned easy chairs in the distance.

Neutral toned living room stands brown sofas and beige chairs over beige carpet, with black marble fireplace holding a white mantle, beneath the light of upper-level windows surrounding this two story room.


Neutral toned living room stands brown sofas and beige chairs over beige carpet, with black marble fireplace holding a white mantle, beneath the light of upper-level windows surrounding this two story room.

Wrapped in exterior glass, this marble floor living room is overlooked by a ring of upper level walkway. White surroundings are spiked with black wrought iron railings, with array of ornate, traditional furniture at center.

Wrapped in exterior glass, this marble floor living room is overlooked by a ring of upper level walkway. White surroundings are spiked with black wrought iron railings, with array of ornate, traditional furniture at center.

Ultra luxurious rustic styled living room features massive two story stone fireplace in an area packed with details. Southwest patterned rug and sofa coverings contrast with simply white carved wood walls all around, with exposed beams on the red ceiling hanging above ornate wood chandelier.

Ultra luxurious rustic styled living room features massive two story stone fireplace in an area packed with details. Southwest patterned rug and sofa coverings contrast with simply white carved wood walls all around, with  exposed beams on the red ceiling hanging above ornate wood chandelier. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Wide open design living room awash in light neutral tones, with vaulted ceiling dotted with recessed lighting over an array of furniture sets in striped and patterned beige. Sofas center around large black topped coffee table, while daybed space runs length of the exterior wall.

Wide open design living room awash in light neutral tones, with vaulted ceiling dotted with recessed lighting over an array of furniture sets in striped and patterned beige. Sofas center around large black topped coffee table, while daybed space runs length of the exterior wall.

Immense rectangular living room features floor to ceiling exterior glass flanking an immense fireplace, with twin C-shaped sectionals paired over a glass topped coffee table. Catwalk with steel railings stands over kitchen entrance, overlooking the wide swath of light natural hardwood flooring.

Immense rectangular living room features floor to ceiling exterior glass flanking an immense fireplace, with twin C-shaped sectionals paired over a glass topped coffee table. Catwalk with steel railings stands over kitchen entrance, overlooking the wide swath of light natural hardwood flooring.

Contemporary styled living room mixes dark wood flooring, beige walls, and black details - wrought iron catwalk railing, window frames, and grand piano - with a set of white chairs arranged around circular wood coffee table, next to array of windows overlooking balcony.

Contemporary styled living room mixes dark wood flooring, beige walls, and black details – wrought iron catwalk railing, window frames, and grand piano – with a set of white chairs arranged around circular wood coffee table, next to array of windows overlooking balcony.

Vaulted ceiling with skylight windows illuminates this living room with natural hardwood flooring and beige leather sectional, all-glass tables and large fireplace standing next to retractible, fully open patio entrance.

Vaulted ceiling with skylight windows illuminates this living room with natural hardwood flooring and beige leather sectional, all-glass tables and large fireplace standing next to retractible, fully open patio entrance. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Gentle colors, from floral rug to soft yellow walls, warm this living room beneath vaulted ceiling and flanked by full height windows and patio doors. Large white-mantle fireplace stands at head of room, with dark wood tables and striped sofa filling the space.

Gentle colors, from floral rug to soft yellow walls, warm this living room beneath vaulted ceiling and flanked by full height windows and patio doors. Large white-mantle fireplace stands at head of room, with dark wood tables and striped sofa filling the space.

Traditional styling in this living room includes red brick fireplace with built-in wood storage, natural wood cabinet over hardwood flooring, and brown leather sofa set wrapping around dark wood table. Full height windows cover the arched wall at back.
Traditional styling in this living room includes red brick fireplace with built-in wood storage, natural wood cabinet over hardwood flooring, and brown leather sofa set wrapping around dark wood table. Full height windows cover the arched wall at rear.

Here's a thoroughly modern living room filled with a variety of color and texture. White L-shaped sectional wraps around a unique glass-topped, white rock filled coffee table next to a cylindrical fireplace over an expanse of dark hardwood flooring.

Here’s a thoroughly modern living room filled with a variety of color and texture. White L-shaped sectional wraps around a unique glass-topped, white rock filled coffee table next to a cylindrical fireplace over an expanse of dark hardwood flooring.

Lavish detail abounds in this stately living room, from enormous drapes over the two story windows, to upper floor balcony with dark wood trim, to expansive sectional and massive ottoman standing before a great stone fireplace. Dining area sits beneath exposed wood beams under the balcony, next to curved staircase.

Lavish detail abounds in this stately living room, from enormous drapes over the two story windows, to upper floor balcony with dark wood trim, to expansive sectional and massive ottoman standing before a great stone fireplace. Dining area sits beneath exposed wood beams under the balcony, next to curved staircase. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Unique red tile floor holds this ornate living room, touched with safari details like greenery and carved fireplace surround. Massive windows allow natural lighting throughout, while marble topped, ornate coffee table stands at center.
Unique red tile floor holds this ornate living room, touched with safari details like greenery and carved fireplace surround. Massive windows allow natural lighting throughout, while marble topped, ornate coffee table stands at center.

This luxurious room is dominated by massive stone fireplace wall, looming over a rich hardwood floor with large floral area rug and white and dark wood furniture. Gold details abound, framing paintings scattered throughout.


This luxurious room is dominated by massive stone fireplace wall, looming over a rich hardwood floor with large floral area rug and white and dark wood furniture. Gold details abound, framing paintings scattered throughout.

Stately living room features bold mixture of beige tones and navy blue. Ottoman coffee table, armchairs, pillows, and mantle-mounted vases all feature blue, standing out in an otherwise neutral setting.

Stately living room features bold mixture of beige tones and navy blue. Ottoman coffee table, armchairs, pillows, and mantle-mounted vases all feature blue, standing out in an otherwise neutral setting.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Looking down at this lavish, hardwood filled living room from an upper balcony, we see a massive white marble fireplace flanked by two story windows beneath an ornate, carved wood ceiling. Details include black drapes and coffee table, red armchairs matched by throw pillows on brown couch, and arched doorway flanked by white pillars.

Looking down at this lavish, hardwood filled living room from an upper balcony, we see a massive white marble fireplace flanked by two story windows beneath an ornate, carved wood ceiling. Details include black drapes and coffee table, red armchairs matched by throw pillows on brown couch, and arched doorway flanked by white pillars.

Soaring white detailed ceiling hangs a lamp style chandelier over this living room, featuring warm hardwood flooring, brown marble fireplace with glass and wood mantle, and twin patterned sofas facing over circular wood coffee table.

Soaring white detailed ceiling hangs a lamp style chandelier over this living room, featuring warm hardwood flooring, brown marble fireplace with glass and wood mantle, and twin patterned sofas facing over circular wood coffee table.

Here's another luxurious, rustic styled room. Wide stone fireplace surround includes wood mantle and TV mount, while camel back leather sofas and patterned armchairs circle a large carved wood coffee table. Natural wood frames full height windows.

Here’s another luxurious, rustic styled room. Wide stone fireplace surround includes wood mantle and TV mount, while camel back leather sofas and patterned armchairs circle a large carved wood coffee table. Natural wood frames full height windows.

Modern styled living room includes angular upper level catwalk overlooking an expanse of hardwood flooring, with massive L-shaped white sectional matching blackt-topped coffee table and white swivel chairs. Fireplace in beige brick stands at rear, next to full height windows.

Modern styled living room includes angular upper level catwalk overlooking an expanse of hardwood flooring, with massive L-shaped white sectional matching blackt-topped coffee table and white swivel chairs. Fireplace in beige brick stands at rear, next to full height windows. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Rich, dark leather sectional dominates this living room, featuring a large corner stone fireplace and vaulted hardwood ceiling.

Rich, dark leather sectional dominates this living room, featuring a large corner stone fireplace and vaulted hardwood ceiling.

Minimalist, modern living room sets white furniture and beige wall tones against natural hardwood flooring and stairs, with an array of full height windows affording expansive views.

Minimalist, modern living room sets white furniture and beige wall tones against natural hardwood flooring and stairs, with an array of full height windows affording expansive views.

Lush tones throughout this living room, fully open to the patio by sliding glass panels, include blue armchairs, fully glass coffee table, hardwood and brick walls, and large white rug over dark hardwood flooring.

Lush tones throughout this living room, fully open to the patio by sliding glass panels, include blue armchairs, fully glass coffee table, hardwood and brick walls, and large white rug over dark hardwood flooring. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Striking details abound in this high contrast room, featuring dark hardwood flooring set against white walls and two stories of windows. Carved wood chairs and contemporary sofa sit around glossy black coffee table, unique four-part chandelier hangs above, and an array of glass patio doors stand at left.

Striking details abound in this high contrast room, featuring dark hardwood flooring set against white walls and two stories of windows. Carved wood chairs and contemporary sofa sit around glossy black coffee table, unique four-part chandelier hangs above, and an array of glass patio doors stand at left.

Complex variety of textures in this room include smooth wood coffee table, corduroy armchairs with wicker frames, leather armchairs, and cloth sofa, all standing beneath full height windows and a massive white fireplace surround.

Complex variety of textures in this room include smooth wood coffee table, corduroy armchairs with wicker frames, leather armchairs, and cloth sofa, all standing beneath full height windows and a massive white fireplace surround.

Contrast between rich, dark wood tones and beige dominates this room. Light marble flooring is paired with dark brown sofa and wood railings on staircase at right, while beige fireplace stands below singular chandelier.

Contrast between rich, dark wood tones and beige dominates this room. Light marble flooring is paired with dark brown sofa and wood railings on staircase at right, while beige fireplace stands below singular chandelier.

Another luxurious living room dominated by large stone fireplace, this room features dark hardwood flooring contrasting with light toned walls with built-in decorative shelving.

Another luxurious living room dominated by large stone fireplace, this room features dark hardwood flooring contrasting with light toned walls with built-in decorative shelving.

Immense, rounded living room is naturally lit via a curved array of two story windows. Dark hardwood flooring pairs with dark leather sofas and glass-topped coffee table over floral patterned rug.
Immense, rounded living room is naturally lit via a curved array of two story windows. Dark hardwood flooring pairs with dark leather sofas and glass-topped coffee table over floral patterned rug.

Tall yet cozy space here features natural carved wood coffee table surrounded by plush chairs and sofa and large white marble fireplace. Old fashioned chandelier hangs from exposed wood beam overhead, while red patterned area rug sits on brown tile flooring.

Tall yet cozy space here features natural carved wood coffee table surrounded by plush chairs and sofa and large white marble fireplace. Old fashioned chandelier hangs from exposed wood beam overhead, while red patterned area rug sits on brown tile flooring.

Bright yellow and white color scheme of this living room helps natural light illuminate the large space. Marble flooring, white tile fireplace surround, and carved wood tables join an array of citrus toned furniture.

Bright yellow and white color scheme of this living room helps natural light illuminate the large space. Marble flooring, white tile fireplace surround, and carved wood tables join an array of citrus toned furniture.

Here's a lower angle on the prior living room, highlighting the detailed area rug and glass coffee table and expansive windows.

Here’s a lower angle on the prior living room, highlighting the detailed area rug and glass coffee table and expansive windows.

Bold mixture of dark hardwood flooring, white sectional, and blue wall details stand in this living room beneath vaulted, exposed beam ceiling.

Bold mixture of dark hardwood flooring, white sectional, and blue wall details stand in this living room beneath vaulted, exposed beam ceiling.

Traditionally ornate living room, including wood frame chairs and sofa, patterned area rug on hardwood flooring, and white stone fireplace, stand beneath white ceiling with natural wood exposed beams.

Traditionally ornate living room, including wood frame chairs and sofa, patterned area rug on hardwood flooring, and white stone fireplace, stand beneath white ceiling with natural wood exposed beams. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Rich details in this room, lit via two story windows, include ornately carved fireplace, light toned wood tables and chair frames, and area rug in baby blue over marble flooring.

Rich details in this room, lit via two story windows, include ornately carved fireplace, light toned wood tables and chair frames, and area rug in baby blue over marble flooring.

Cozy, rustic styled living room pairs natural wood throughout with free-standing stone fireplace. Plush furniture circles an arrow foot, hardwood topped coffee table.

Cozy, rustic styled living room pairs natural wood throughout with free-standing stone fireplace. Plush furniture circles an arrow foot, hardwood topped coffee table.

Here's another rustic styled living room, richly appointed with dark leather seating over a floral rug on hardwood flooring. Stone fireplace with large mantle stands next to full height windows.

Here’s another rustic styled living room, richly appointed with dark leather seating over a floral rug on hardwood flooring. Stone fireplace with large mantle stands next to full height windows.

This living room features an immense mirror mounted over the fireplace, multiplying the natural light entering via full height windows at right. Hardwood flooring and beige tones surround detailed wall shelving and glass topped coffee table.

This living room features an immense mirror mounted over the fireplace, multiplying the natural light entering via full height windows at right. Hardwood flooring and beige tones surround detailed wall shelving and glass topped coffee table.

Acute mixture of grey neutral tones mixed with natural wood in this immense living room. Grey tile flooring and matching sofa set stand before full height stone fireplace, while wood railing catwalk hangs overhead.

Acute mixture of grey neutral tones mixed with natural wood in this immense living room. Grey tile flooring and matching sofa set stand before full height stone fireplace, while wood railing catwalk hangs overhead. Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Rustic details join modern touch in this nearly all-wood living room, with stone fireplace flanked by full height windows, and black leather sofas overlooked by catwalk beneath exposed beam ceiling.

Rustic details join modern touch in this nearly all-wood living room, with stone fireplace flanked by full-height windows, and black leather sofas overlooked by catwalk beneath exposed beam ceiling.

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