DESIGN DICTIONARY: Tray Ceiling and Coffered Ceiling
If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
What is the difference between a tray ceiling and coffered ceiling?
The tray ceiling is one large recess in a ceiling while the coffered ceiling has a series of sunken panels.
TRAY CEILING: a recess in a ceiling that resembles an inverted tray. Often rectangular, though it can be other shapes, the tray ceiling is used to create architectural interest by breaking up a flat ceiling line.
COFFERED CEILING: A coffer is a sunken panel in the shape of a rectangle, octagon or square found in a ceiling, including ceilings in domes or vaults.A series of these sunken panels creates a coffered ceiling. Also called a "caisson ceiling" or "crossed beamed" ceiling.
Examples of tray ceilings.
Paint in a accent color or a mural often decorate a tray ceiling. This first example is further embellished with molding.
Examples of coffered ceilings
Many architectural icons have a coffered ceiling. Here are some examples.
Photo credits: First image from how to decorate. Second image fromhome bunch. Plain tray ceiling via houzz. Tray ceiling embellished with molding from janelockhart.Tray ceiling collage: foyer via design chic, other tray ceiling images via houzz. Kitchen with coffered ceiling from bhg. Mint coffered ceiling for beneathmyheart. Coffered ceiling collage from Wikipedia and Wikicommons