Design Ideas for Bedrooms With Triangular Ceilings

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Design Ideas for Bedrooms With Triangular Ceilings
A triangular ceiling in your bedroom can become an architectural focal point. (ceiling fan image by Adrian Hillman from

Some bedrooms have a triangular ceiling, also called a Cathedral ceiling, where there is a peak in the ceiling, typically down the centre of the room. You can include the shape in your bedroom design or hide the triangular shape of the ceiling if it has you stumped on how to decorate the room.

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Decorating the Triangular Point

Decorate the triangular point by emphasising the height of the Cathedral ceiling. Paint a mural on the ceiling, such as a sky and clouds or large geometric pattern, or paint the tallest wall in the room with a bright or bold colour that draws attention to the dramatic height of the point. Furniture with heft, such as sturdy wood dressers, shelves or oversized headboards will balance the height of the ceiling. If the lower points in the room aren't that high, avoid large, bulky furniture or it may make the room look and feel smaller than it is.

Disguising the Triangular Point

Disguise, hide or minimise the triangular point in your bedroom if you don't like the way it looks. The easiest way to minimise the impact of the ceiling is to place a large bed with a canopy in a commanding position in the room. If that isn't possible or doesn't fit your style, consider installing beams that run across the room to bring the ceiling down lower. Another option is to install a drop ceiling that will hide the triangular point and give you the illusion of having a lower ceiling, possibly in a tray ceiling design. Paint the sloped ceiling a couple of shades darker than the walls to give the illusion of the ceiling being closer to the ground and add warmth to the room if the other solutions won't work for you. Create a focal point in the room by using an interesting headboard or piece of artwork so your eyes will naturally gravitate towards that instead of the ceiling.


Strategically placed lighting can also draw attention away from the pointed ceiling. Hang lights from the highest point of the triangular ceiling with extending arms that let the lights fall to about eight feet above the floor, where a typical, flat ceiling would be. Install lights that point down onto the walls with dimmers to highlight artwork or other architectural areas and keep your eyes focused on the room, rather than the ceiling. Floor lamps in the corners or table lamps on your dresser and night stand will keep the light lower, which will also keep your focus lower.

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