Tray Ceiling and Coffered Ceiling

Coffered ceiling

Coffered ceiling

Tray Ceiling

Tray Ceiling

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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.

Tray Ceiling

Tray Ceiling

Paint in a accent color or a mural often decorate a tray ceiling.  This  first example is further embellished with molding.

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Examples of coffered ceilings

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Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

Many architectural icons have a coffered ceiling.  Here are some examples.

Coffered ceilings clockwise: at Mir Castle, Belarus, the dome at Museum of Asian art of Corfu, Greece, at Elahbel tower tomb, Palmyra, Syria, at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.

Coffered ceilings clockwise: at Mir Castle, Belarus, the dome at Museum of Asian art of Corfu, Greece, at Elahbel tower tomb, Palmyra, Syria, at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.

Photo credits:  First image from how to decorate.  Second image from home 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