Add instant charm to any room with a wood-clad ceiling
Reclaimed and distressed wood planks have been popular in interiors for years now. True recycled wood has a one-of-a-kind charm to it, especially if you know the story behind all of those scrapes, dings and dents. Prized for its warm and rustic character, it works well as a ceiling cladding in a variety of interiors, from contemporary to traditional.
Material cost: Prices vary widely, depending on species and provenance, but expect to spend anywhere from $5 to $20 and up per square foot. (Labor and installation will add to the cost of all materials mentioned in this article.)
If your budget is tight and your tastes run contemporary, go for a finished plywood ceiling. It can really warm up an otherwise sleek and minimalist space. A glossy finish can also help bounce light around a room.
Material cost: From $1 to $2.50 per square foot.
These tongue-and-groove wood planks have a smooth surface and a nice linear quality, which can help elongate a room.
Another way to showcase wood on the ceiling is to expose your ceiling joists. Just be aware that there are often lots of unattractive wires, conduit, pipes and so on nestled up there, so you’ll need a strategy for hiding those.
Material cost: Typically around $3 to $7 per square foot.
Wood ceilings need not be limited to indoor spaces. A wood-clad porch ceiling has a wonderfully cozy and inviting feel. Just be sure to use a material that can withstand exterior temperature and humidity levels, such as cedar or cypress.
Material cost: From about $5 to $15 per square foot, depending on material and region.
Your turn: How have you used wood elements to dress up your ceiling?