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Cathedral ceilings are sometimes also called vaulted ceilings. They’re eye-catching, and they create one of the most visually appealing aesthetics in residential architecture.
When the eye is drawn upward, as is the case with a vaulted ceiling, there’s a sweeping sense of drama. The room appears larger, brighter and airier as well. These are elements that work well in Hamptons design.
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The steeper the roof pitch of a home, the higher the possible vault.
While in present architecture, cathedral and vaulted are two terms used interchangeably, historically vaulted ceilings tended to be arched. Cathedral ceilings had straight sides and an upward slope that matched the roofline of a structure.
Cathedral ceilings, along with making a home seem bigger, can enhance natural light, which of course is integral to Hamptons design style. There’s also a sense of charm and architectural character that’s evoked with cathedral ceilings.
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In a Hamptons home, some specific design features of cathedral ceilings to consider include adding skylights along the point where the ceiling meets in the middle to further bring in natural light. Wood beams that run along the ceiling vertically or horizontally give a sense of rustic charm, and they can be painted or you can maintain the natural wood colour for contrast with a lighter colour palette.
The use of cathedral ceilings can be a way to frame other architectural details as well, such as picture windows or hallways.
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