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101 Tall (2-Story) Ceiling Designs (Pictures)

Living room with a very tall ceiling

101 soaring and gorgeous cathedral ceiling designs for many different rooms. Incredible.

Tall ceilings, some of which tower to 2 stories or more, can incorporate other types of ceilings such as vaulted, cathedral, beamed, etc.

A tall ceiling is just that – something that’s taller than the usual 8 to 10-foot ceiling.  More and more homes incorporate tall ceilings in part of their homes, usually the living room or great room because it’s simply fabulous.  Check out our massive gallery showcasing tall ceilings.

Tall Ceilings Photo Gallery

This modern and luxurious home office has a white modern desk that contrasts the black leather chairs facing the high ceiling area of the second floor landing. This tall ceiling is dominated by its exposed wooden beams and hangs several decorative spherical pendant lights.

This modern and luxurious home office has a white modern desk that contrasts the black leather chairs facing the high ceiling area of the second-floor landing. This tall ceiling is dominated by its exposed wooden beams and hangs several decorative spherical pendant lights.

The tall wooden wainscoting of this home office blends with the wooden frames of the windows and the built-in shelves at the corners. This is contrasted by the dark wooden L-shaped desk topped with a glass-top panel and a table lamp.

The tall wooden wainscoting of this home office blends with the wooden frames of the windows and the built-in shelves at the corners. This is contrasted by the dark wooden L-shaped desk topped with a glass-top panel and a table lamp.

This is an elegant bathroom with a white porcelain bathtub housed within a dark countertop and beige tiles with a decoration on the side with complex patterns. This is topped with a tall arched ceiling that is brightened by the arched transom windows.

This is an elegant bathroom with a white porcelain bathtub housed within a dark countertop and beige tiles with a decoration on the side with complex patterns. This is topped with a tall arched ceiling that is brightened by the arched transom windows.

The tall ceiling of this bathroom offers a bright complement to the beige walls that make the dark wooden vanities stand out. These two stand on either side of the corner bathtub inlaid with the same tiles as the flooring and has the same faucet as the vanities.

The tall ceiling of this bathroom offers a bright complement to the beige walls that make the dark wooden vanities stand out. This two stand on either side of the corner bathtub inlaid with the same tiles as the flooring and have the same faucet as the vanities.

The charming beige tall ceiling and walls are complemented by the floral wallpaper of the bathtub that has a matching black tone for its black marble housing extending to the black tiles of the flooring topped with a black and beige patterned area rug.

The charming beige tall ceiling and walls are complemented by the floral wallpaper of the bathtub that has a matching black tone for its black marble housing extending to the black tiles of the flooring topped with a black and beige patterned area rug.

The elegant white porcelain bathtub is placed in a quaint corner beside the windows and housed with the same dark wooden design as those of the vanity and the doors. The tall beige arched ceiling of this bathroom matches with the flooring and its area rug.

This spacious kitchen has the same gray tone on its kitchen island and peninsula. Both of these stand out against the dark brown cabinetry and the hardwood flooring that goes well with the stainless steel appliances and the tall beige walls.

This spacious kitchen has the same gray tone on its kitchen island and peninsula. Both of these stand out against the dark brown cabinetry and the hardwood flooring that goes well with the stainless steel appliances and the tall beige walls.

The brightness of the kitchen cabinetry are augmented by the abundant natural lights coming in from the windows above the sink and the transom windows near the white tall ceiling. These bright elements are a contrast to the dark hardwood flooring.

The brightness of the kitchen cabinetry is augmented by the abundant natural lights coming in from the windows above the sink and the transom windows near the white tall ceiling. These bright elements are a contrast to the dark hardwood flooring.

The dark brown wooden kitchen island matches well with hardwood flooring but contrasts the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the peninsula that has floating cabinets near the white arches of the tall ceiling with a single transom window in the middle.

The dark brown wooden kitchen island matches well with hardwood flooring but contrasts the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the peninsula that has floating cabinets near the white arches of the tall ceiling with a single transom window in the middle.

The hallway near the kitchen has a tall white ceiling as opposed to the kitchen itself that has a dark gray ceiling the curves from the dark gray upper walls above of the cabinetry of the peninsula. This is complemented by the hardwood flooring.

The hallway near the kitchen has a tall white ceiling as opposed to the kitchen itself that has a dark gray ceiling the curves from the dark gray upper walls above the cabinetry of the peninsula. This is complemented by the hardwood flooring.

This simple kitchen has a hardwood flooring that blends with the wooden elements of the kitchen island and peninsula. Both of these have black countertops that make the stainless steel appliances stand out. These also match with the wooden tall ceiling.

This simple kitchen has a hardwood flooring that blends with the wooden elements of the kitchen island and peninsula. Both of these have black countertops that make the stainless steel appliances stand out. These also match with the wooden tall ceiling.

The earthy green painting mounted on the upper walls of this dining room is flanked by the transom windows that stand out against the tone of the walls of the same earthy green kind. This tone of the walls is a nice complement to the wooden dining set that matches the tone of the hardwood flooring and complemented by the stone fireplace.

The earthy green painting mounted on the upper walls of this dining room is flanked by the transom windows that stand out against the tone of the walls of the same earthy green kind. This tone of the walls is a nice complement to the wooden dining set that matches the tone of the hardwood flooring and complemented by the stone fireplace.

The tall cove ceiling of this dining room has the same light gray hue as the tall walls dominated by a large arched window by the wooden dining table that is paired with black leather upholstered dining chairs that stand out against the light gray carpeted flooring.

The tall cove ceiling of this dining room has the same light gray hue as the tall walls dominated by a large arched window by the wooden dining table that is paired with black leather upholstered dining chairs that stand out against the light gray carpeted flooring.

This is a simple dining room that is brightened by the surrounding tall windows of the curved wall reaching up to a tall ceiling that hangs a simple chandelier over the round wooden dining table surrounded by beige wooden dining chairs.

This is a simple dining room that is brightened by the surrounding tall windows of the curved wall reaching up to a tall ceiling that hangs a simple chandelier over the round wooden dining table surrounded by beige wooden dining chairs.

There is a textured gray stone wall beside the wooden dining set. This wall has alcoves adorned with a golden mirror mounted above the wooden dining room cabinet. This mirror matches with the design of the wrought iron chandeliers hanging from a tall ceiling.

There is a textured gray stone wall beside the wooden dining set. This wall has alcoves adorned with a golden mirror mounted above the wooden dining room cabinet. This mirror matches with the design of the wrought iron chandeliers hanging from a tall ceiling.

The tall ceiling of this elegant dining room has exposed wooden beams that support a large wrought iron chandelier over the round dark brown dining table surrounded by cushioned chairs with floral patterns matching those of the red patterned area rug.

The tall ceiling of this elegant dining room has exposed wooden beams that support a large wrought iron chandelier over the round dark brown dining table surrounded by cushioned chairs with floral patterns matching those of the red patterned area rug.

This charming dining area has log beam walls that match perfectly with the wooden ceiling. This tall ceiling has a cathedral design that is paired with a couple of triangular transom windows to follow the lay of the ceiling that hangs a chandelier over the wooden table.

This charming dining area has log beam walls that match perfectly with the wooden ceiling. This tall ceiling has a cathedral design that is paired with a couple of triangular transom windows to follow the lay of the ceiling that hangs a chandelier over the wooden table.

This is a formal dining room with a large glass-top dining table paired with white cushioned chairs that stand out against the dark area rug This is then complemented by the large stone column that reaches all the way to the tall ceiling.

This is a formal dining room with a large glass-top dining table paired with white cushioned chairs that stand out against the dark area rug This is then complemented by the large stone column that reaches all the way to the tall ceiling.

The tall glass walls of this dining area showcase the tall trees and tropical plants just outside at the backyard. This gives a colorful and complex contrast to the white flooring, white walls, dining set and white tall ceiling with recessed lights.

The tall glass walls of this dining area showcase the tall trees and tropical plants just outside at the backyard. This gives a colorful and complex contrast to the white flooring, white walls, dining set and white tall ceiling with recessed lights.

The beige floral patterns of the beige wooden four poster bed matches with the slipcovers of the cushioned armchairs of the sitting area by the foot of the bed by the large glass window augmented with an arched transom window for the high ceiling.

The beige floral patterns of the beige wooden four-poster bed matches with the slipcovers of the cushioned armchairs of the sitting area by the foot of the bed by the large glass window augmented with an arched transom window for the high ceiling.

The charming green floral area rug by the foot of the wooden sleigh bed matches with the avocado green walls that contrast the white frames of the doors and windows as well as the mantle of the fireplace where the TV is mounted.

The charming green floral area rug by the foot of the wooden sleigh bed matches with the avocado green walls that contrast the white frames of the doors and windows as well as the mantle of the fireplace where the TV is mounted.

The light gray walls of this master bedroom extends to the light gray ceiling with both illuminated by natural lights coming from the transom window and the glass doors. These are contrasted by the black leather headboard of the bed that has a black floral sheet.

The light gray walls of this master bedroom extend to the light gray ceiling with both illuminated by natural lights coming from the transom window and the glass doors. These are contrasted by the black leather headboard of the bed that has a black floral sheet.

The fireplace and TV are both houses by a large beige panel of the wall that has dark moldings matching the moldings of the tall beige ceiling. This setup is paired with a wooden bed that has a brown patterned sheet and a reading area by the row of windows.

The fireplace and TV are both houses by a large beige panel of the wall that has dark moldings matching the moldings of the tall beige ceiling. This setup is paired with a wooden bed that has a brown patterned sheet and a reading area by the row of windows.

This bright eclectic great room houses two living room areas and the foyer all on its white tiled flooring but only the foyer and living room area beside the black grand piano has a tall ceiling. This gives a good view of the bright white cathedral ceiling.

This bright eclectic great room houses two living room areas and the foyer all on its white tiled flooring but only the foyer and living room area beside the black grand piano has a tall ceiling. This gives a good view of the bright white cathedral ceiling.

This is a homey living room with a cottage house feel to its wooden elements. These are applied on the hardwood flooring, frames of the windows and the tall arched ceiling. This is then contrasted by the dark brown leather sofa set and the dark stone column of the fireplace.

This is a homey living room with a cottage house feel to its wooden elements. These are applied on the hardwood flooring, frames of the windows and the tall arched ceiling. This is then contrasted by the dark brown leather sofa set and the dark stone column of the fireplace.

The beautiful tall ceiling has a light green tone that complements the outer tray of the ceiling matching with the white frames of the windows and the mantle of the fireplace adorned with a painting above resembling the green curtains of the windows.

The beautiful tall ceiling has a light green tone that complements the outer tray of the ceiling matching with the white frames of the windows and the mantle of the fireplace adorned with a painting above resembling the green curtains of the windows.

There is a charming contrast in this elegant living room with the dark hardwood flooring complementing the brown cushions of the wooden sofas and the small wooden coffee table in the middle of the area rug with autumn colors. The contrast comes from the bright and light beige tones of the tall ceiling and the curved glass wall.

There is a charming contrast in this elegant living room with the dark hardwood flooring complementing the brown cushions of the wooden sofas and the small wooden coffee table in the middle of the area rug with autumn colors. The contrast comes from the bright and light beige tones of the tall ceiling and the curved glass wall.

The consistent light beige tone of the tall ceiling, walls and the beige marble flooring is contrasted by the dark velvet sofa and the dark railings of the staircase leading to the second floor landing that is the same level as the hanging wrought iron chandelier.

The consistent light beige tone of the tall ceiling, walls, and the beige marble flooring is contrasted by the dark velvet sofa and the dark railings of the staircase leading to the second-floor landing that is the same level as the hanging wrought iron chandelier.

The irregularly arched tall ceiling of this living room has a beige tone brightened by the transom lights. This serves as a bright contrast to the earthy tones of the large L-shaped sectional sofa, brown leather armchair and the cushioned leather coffee table by the fireplace.

The irregularly arched tall ceiling of this living room has a beige tone brightened by the transom lights. This serves as a bright contrast to the earthy tones of the large L-shaped sectional sofa, brown leather armchair and the cushioned leather coffee table by the fireplace.

The black tone of the flooring that is mostly covered by a brown patterned area rug matches well with the black modern coffee table and the tinted glass panels of the ground floor and the arched transom windows that contrast the bright tall ceiling and its decorative pendant lights.

The black tone of the flooring that is mostly covered by a brown patterned area rug matches well with the black modern coffee table and the tinted glass panels of the ground floor and the arched transom windows that contrast the bright tall ceiling and its decorative pendant lights.

This living room is placed by the staircase that has its white railings extend to the second floor loft that looks over the living room. This living room has a matching white leather sofa and a couple of cushioned wing-back chairs that stand out against the tinted glass walls reaching up to the tall ceiling.

This living room is placed by the staircase that has its white railings extend to the second-floor loft that looks over the living room. This living room has a matching white leather sofa and a couple of cushioned wing-back chairs that stand out against the tinted glass walls reaching up to the tall ceiling.

The beautiful pendant light that hangs from the tall ceiling has a design of leaves on the blades of the ceiling fan attached to it. This is hanging over the wooden coffee table of the dark brown leather couch facing a large fireplace with a bright mantle.

The beautiful pendant light that hangs from the tall ceiling has a design of leaves on the blades of the ceiling fan attached to it. This is hanging over the wooden coffee table of the dark brown leather couch facing a large fireplace with a bright mantle.

The tall white ceiling of this small and elegant living room matches with the white panel of the fireplace mantle that is adorned with a couple of wall-mounted frames and flanked by potted plants by the windows. This setup is complemented by the patterned sofa and the patterned area rug.

The tall white ceiling of this small and elegant living room matches the white panel of the fireplace mantle that is adorned with a couple of wall-mounted frames and flanked by potted plants by the windows. This setup is complemented by the patterned sofa and the patterned area rug.

The white leather sets of sofas and armchairs surround the modern white coffee table in the middle of the contrasting black area rug on the dark gray flooring. This is given a nice seaside view and a wide and tall wooden ceiling that complements the large concrete wall.

The white leather seats of sofas and armchairs surround the modern white coffee table in the middle of the contrasting black area rug on the dark gray flooring. This is given a nice seaside view and a wide and tall wooden ceiling that complements the large concrete wall.

The abundant natural lighting comes from the open wall and its wide transom glass window above near the white tall ceiling that hangs a few spherical decorative pendant lights over the modern coffee table of the two white leather sofas.

The abundant natural lighting comes from the open wall and its wide transom glass window above near the white tall ceiling that hangs a few spherical decorative pendant lights over the modern coffee table of the two white leather sofas.

The large white leather L-shaped sofa dominates this living room that has a white fluffy area rug covering most of the redwood flooring. This is topped with a bright and tall cathedral ceiling with a chandelier and skylight giving a clear view of the second floor landing.

The large white leather L-shaped sofa dominates this living room that has a white fluffy area rug covering most of the redwood flooring. This is topped with a bright and tall cathedral ceiling with a chandelier and skylight giving a clear view of the second-floor landing.

This is a bright and cheerful foyer with a large arched transom window above the wooden main door to maximize the tall ceiling. This area is also augmented by the majestic large crystal chandelier that hangs over the colorful patterned area rug in between the pillars.

This is a bright and cheerful foyer with a large arched transom window above the wooden main door to maximize the tall ceiling. This area is also augmented by the majestic large crystal chandelier that hangs over the colorful patterned area rug in between the pillars.

This is a spacious and airy living room with a wide hardwood flooring dominated by the off-white tones of the sectional sofas and the area rug. This matches well with the tall light gray walls dominated by large windows illuminating the high white ceiling.

This is a spacious and airy living room with a wide hardwood flooring dominated by the off-white tones of the sectional sofas and the area rug. This matches well with the tall light gray walls dominated by large windows illuminating the high white ceiling.

This charming living room has tall beige walls and a high beige ceiling that is illuminated by the transom windows above the glass doors. These bring in natural lights for the dark brown leather sofas paired with a wooden glass-top coffee table and a fireplace.

This charming living room has tall beige walls and a high beige ceiling that is illuminated by the transom windows above the glass doors. These bring in natural lights for the dark brown leather sofas paired with a wooden glass-top coffee table and a fireplace.

The snowy scenery outside is a great background for this round dining room surrounded by tall windows reaching all the way to the top by the white tall ceiling. This is balanced by the wooden dining room that matches well with the hardwood flooring.

The snowy scenery outside is a great background for this round dining room surrounded by tall windows reaching all the way to the top by the white tall ceiling. This is balanced by the wooden dining room that matches well with the hardwood flooring.

The beautiful earthy bricks of this charming foyer provides a nice textured background for the majestic brass chandelier hanging above. These are complemented by the dark hardwood flooring and the black wooden cabinet on the side.

The beautiful earthy bricks of this charming foyer provide a nice textured background for the majestic brass chandelier hanging above. These are complemented by the dark hardwood flooring and the black wooden cabinet on the side.

This is a view from the second floor landing looking down at the brown wooden spiral staircase that pairs well with the hardwood flooring below. This makes the light beige tone of the sofa stand out as well as the round white coffee table.

This is a view from the second-floor landing looking down at the brown wooden spiral staircase that pairs well with the hardwood flooring below. This makes the light beige tone of the sofa stand out as well as the round white coffee table.

This is a simple and classic foyer with its double doors that have panels of frosted glass with designs on it. It also has a dark wooden frame to pair with the redwood flooring that is topped with a colorful patterned area rug matching well with the wooden armchair.

This is a simple and classic foyer with its double doors that have panels of frosted glass with designs on it. It also has a dark wooden frame to pair with the redwood flooring that is topped with a colorful patterned area rug matching well with the wooden armchair.

The highlight of this simple foyer is the wooden patterned flooring that extends its brown tone to the wooden staircase and its railing all the way to the second floor railings. These stand out against the light beige walls with a small alcove by the curved staircase.

The highlight of this simple foyer is the wooden patterned flooring that extends its brown tone to the wooden staircase and its railing all the way to the second floor railings. These stand out against the light beige walls with a small alcove by the curved staircase.

The earthy brown tone of the walls and the arched entryways are a good pairing for the black railings of the curved staircase in this simple yet elegant foyer. The wooden steps of the staircase are covered with a black patterned carpeting that goes well with the railings.

The earthy brown tone of the walls and the arched entryways are a good pairing for the black railings of the curved staircase in this simple yet elegant foyer. The wooden steps of the staircase are covered with black patterned carpeting that goes well with the railings.

The delightful yellow walls and yellow ceiling of this foyer is augmented by the yellow recessed lights, beige marble flooring and the white molding. These make the dark wooden banister of the stairs stand out along with the two potted plants and the area rug of the ground floor.

The delightful yellow walls and yellow ceiling of this foyer are augmented by the yellow recessed lights, beige marble flooring, and the white molding. These make the dark wooden banister of the stairs stand out along with the two potted plants and the area rug of the ground floor.

This is a home with bright gray walls and white molding that pairs well with the crystal chandelier hanging in the middle of the tall ceiling area of the stairs. These are contrasted by the dark hardwood flooring, wrought iron railings and the steps of the stairs.

This is a home with bright gray walls and white molding that pairs well with the crystal chandelier hanging in the middle of the tall ceiling area of the stairs. These are contrasted by the dark hardwood flooring, wrought iron railings and the steps of the stairs.

The small foyer has a beige marble flooring as opposed to the hardwood flooring of the rest of the home. This beige marble flooring matches well with the beige walls that are complemented by the white wooden wainscoting with an elegant finish.

The small foyer has a beige marble flooring as opposed to the hardwood flooring of the rest of the home. This beige marble flooring matches well with the beige walls that are complemented by the white wood wainscoting with an elegant finish.

The cheerful light tone of the walls of this home is augmented by the white wainscoting that extends to the frames of the arched entryway and passages. This is further elevated by the earthy tones of the flooring that transitions to hardwood flooring.

The cheerful light tone of the walls of this home is augmented by the white wainscoting that extends to the frames of the arched entryway and passages. This is further elevated by the earthy tones of the flooring that transitions to hardwood flooring.

The small dark wooden cabinet at the side of the staircase stands out against the light tone of the walls and it matches well with the wrought iron chandelier hanging from the tall beige ceiling that complements the wooden elements of the staircase.

The small dark wooden cabinet at the side of the staircase stands out against the light tone of the walls and it matches well with the wrought iron chandelier hanging from the tall beige ceiling that complements the wooden elements of the staircase.

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What is a 2-story ceiling?

A 2 story ceiling is one that rises at least two stories (20 feet).  However, tall ceilings could be shorter or taller than that.

Which rooms work with tall ceilings?

Mostly extra tall ceilings are incorporated into the living room or great room of a home.  The rest of the living space usually has a second floor above it.  It’s rare you see a kitchen with an extra-tall ceiling or bathrooms for that matter.

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