The coffered ceiling is one of the more intricate ceiling designs. It adds depth and texture to a room often becoming the standout feature. As you’ll see below it’s a great ceiling for recessed lighting. Recessed lighting, while terrific is a little boring on flat ceiling. However, add in the coffered design and it looks fabulous (see example above).
Below we feature 60 living rooms that have coffered ceilings.
White living room with hardwood flooring topped by a lovely rug and coffered ceiling lined with crown molding. It includes a beige sofa paired with metal side and coffee tables.
A fresh living room featuring a gray sofa accented with floral and chevron pillows along with a black coffee table that sits on a deep blue striped rug.
Well-lit living room showcases gray chesterfield sofas and a wooden coffee table illuminated by a wrought iron chandelier that hung from the shiplap coffered ceiling.
An open living room with a curved sectional topped with multi-colored pillows along with a round coffee table that sits on the beige velvet rug over hardwood flooring.
An airy living room with beige coffered ceiling and framed windows bringing plenty of natural light in. There’s a blue sofa in the middle facing the fireplace fixed to the white wall panel with built-in shelving.
Various styled pillows lay on the sectional sofa in this living room with a tufted ottoman and coffered ceiling fitted with recessed lights.
Cozy living room boasts a beige sofa set and a fireplace with green brick surround tiles in between wooden shelves filled with decors and a TV.
Taupe living room with glass windows and door that opens to the balcony. It is decorated with blank framed arts mounted on the paneled walls that complement with the coffered ceiling.
This living room showcases mismatched sofas and a white fireplace surrounding a unique coffee table that sits on a vintage rug.
Warm living room with a gorgeous sofa set and glass top coffee table illuminated by a huge chandelier that hung from the wooden coffered ceiling.
Traditional living room decorated with framed wall arts and various clocks mounted above the white wainscoting. It has a leather sofa and beige tufted chairs surrounding a modular coffee table that sits on an oval jute rug.
Tropical living room with a lovely green outdoor view featuring a marble flooring and coffered ceiling fixed with flush mount and recessed lights.
The yellow living room offers a gray sofa and glass top coffee table facing the marble fireplace wrapped in an ornate wrought iron fence.
This living room boasts a high ceiling and framed windows covered with classy draperies. It has a white curved sectional paired with a blush tufted ottoman and patterned chairs with a metal shelving in the middle.
Rustic living room with wooden coffered ceiling and a stone brick fireplace lined with a natural wood mantel. There’s a television in the corner adjacent to the glass-paneled window overlooking a lush green outdoor view.
A lovely wall art hangs above the fireplace in this living room with arched inset walls mounted with sconces and framed with wainscoting.
The Victorian living room features a white sofa and striped wingback chair with matching ottoman. It has a white coffered ceiling with a hanging crystal chandelier and a glazed window covered in striped roman shade and classy draperies.
The bright living room showcases a brown armchair and round coffee table that sit on the velvet rug along with a white sofa accented with orange pillows.
A huge pendant light that hung from the ornate coffered ceiling illuminates this living room boasting a wooden coffee table surrounded with beige armchairs and skirted sofa filled with fluffy pillows.
Black fluffy pillows lay on the tan sectional in this living room with a leather recliner and rectangular coffee table facing the flat panel TV mounted above the wooden stand.
This living room features a luminous coffered ceiling and stone fireplace with a wooden mantel that’s topped with a clock and candles.
Classy living room with a leather tufted sofa and wooden coffee table lighted by a glam chandelier that hung from the round coffered ceiling.
The fabulous living room showcases matching sectionals accented with a magenta armchair. It has hardwood flooring topped with a floral patterned rug and ornate round coffered ceiling with hanging fancy chandeliers.
The warm living room illuminated by a brass chandelier that hung over the glass top coffee table surrounded with classy patterned couches.
Sophisticated living surrounded with arched glass windows allowing natural light in. It has a skirted sofa set and a white side table along with a metal coffee table that sits on a vintage rug.
A round glass top coffee table faces the television on a wooden cabinet fixed to the stone brick columns in this living room with a high wooden coffered ceiling.
A white fireplace accented by a lovely wall art sits in between blue built-in shelvings in this living room with coffered ceiling and hardwood flooring topped by a tassel rug.
Yellow living room highlighted by a gorgeous wooden coffered ceiling with a hanging candle chandelier. It has a rustic coffee table and a bluish gray sofa with patterned pillows that match with the chairs.
Formal living room decorated with a series of floral wall arts mounted on the white wainscoting that complements with the coffered ceiling.
Farmhouse living room with red coffered ceiling and limestone flooring topped by a lovely floral rug. It has a gold chandelier and mirror that hung above the fireplace wrapped in an ornate fence.
Fresh living room offers hardwood flooring and glass paneled windows overlooking the spectacular mountains and hills. There’s a fireplace in the corner fitted on the stone brick pillar lined with wooden mantel and white crown molding.
White living room with coffered ceiling and glass sliding doors that open to the lush green yard with a sparkling swimming pool. It includes a gray sofa set and fireplace covered in twig screen.
A round crystal chandelier that hung from the coffered ceiling illuminates this living room showcasing a stone fireplace accented with a Buddha sculpture.
Cozy living room features a chevron fireplace and gray lounge chairs surrounding a metal coffee table that sits on a checkered rug along with a large indoor plant that adds life in this room.
Deluxe living room with gray round back chairs and modular coffee table in between facing beige sectionals filled with neutral pillows.
A carved wooden door opens to this living room with white sofas and stools that sit next to the dark wood coffee table over a blue area rug.
An airy living room offers arched glass windows and doors that lead to the courtyard. It includes a white chesterfield sofa and seats along with a round center table and ornate fireplace accented with a gold mirror.
This living room boasts a natural wooden coffered ceiling and light hardwood flooring topped by layered rugs. It has gray metal chairs, carved wood coffee table and coral sofas filled with fluffy pillows.
Luxury living room illuminated by a fancy chandelier that hung from the coffered ceiling along with natural light that flows through the louvered windows covered with sheer and gold draperies.
White living room features gray tufted sofas, a baby grand piano and a white fireplace covered with metal fence. It has coffered ceiling and hardwood flooring topped by a vintage rug.
Warm living room surrounded with built-in bookshelves that are lighted by recessed lights and a grand chandelier that hung from the wooden coffered ceiling.
Transitional living room accented with huge round pendants that hung from the gray coffered ceiling. It has a deep blue velvet sofa, gray velvet wingback chairs and a white bench surrounding a tufted ottoman.
Traditional living room showcases a wood plank flooring and a high coffered ceiling with recessed lights and a hanging chandelier. It has a stone fireplace lined with a wooden mantel that’s topped with a mirror.
Gorgeous white living room decorated with a sunburst mirror mounted above the fireplace. It has wooden coffee tables in between sleek facing sofas lighted by floor lamps and recessed lights that are fixed to the coffered ceiling.
This living room is designed with a colorful wall art and a contemporary chandelier that hung from the coffered ceiling. It has a dark velvet sofa, gray round back chairs and a yellow accent chair that sits next to the fireplace.
Fabulous living room boasts a large round pendant light and a glass coffee table surrounded with matching white sofas and gray patterned chairs along with a sleek fireplace and flat panel TV.
Striped cushioned chairs sit in front of the white fireplace in this living room with skirted sofas and a round tufted ottoman that serves as a center table.
Modern living room features a coffered ceiling and a deep blue accent wall fitted with inset shelves that are filled with lovely frames and vases.
Neutral living room furnished with light gray sofas, mirrored coffee table and a lounge chair lighted by a table lamp that sits on a wooden side table.
About coffered ceilings
Also called caisson ceilings, coffered ceilings are kind of like wood-beamed ceilings except you end up with criss crossed beam-like features on the ceiling. Usually the beams have a molding exterior giving it a little more finesse.
The coffered design can be simple or very intricate with engravings or molding around the entire exterior of the coffers.
The earliest known coffered ceilings date back to 7 BC in San Giuliano, Italy. Back then the coffering was done to reduce the weight of stone ceilings [source: Build.com]. Of course, now it’s done to add interest to the ceiling design.
Most coffered ceilings are built by adding faux beams to an existing ceiling. One thing to keep in mind is you should have a slightly elevated ceiling otherwise the beams will reduce ceiling height even more.