A vault is an arched shape that is extruded into the third dimension to add a ceiling or roof to a room. Vaulted ceilings were first used in cathedrals or basilicas centuries ago, but architects later began to use them in various castles and in ordinary houses. Today you can also find various buildings with such ceilings. If you’re hesitating about whether or not you need them, here are some pros and cons with examples.
Advantages of vaulted ceilings
A vaulted ceiling is usually accompanied by windows or skylights that flood your space with natural light, which is a huge benefit. Consider double glazing the surrounding glass to reduce the amount of energy required for heating/cooling.
Exposed beams are a trendy decorative element that gives character to the room. A vaulted ceiling is a great idea to add some even if there were no beams originally. They will add coziness and a rustic feel and of course character – even a simple space will be highlighted. Vaulted ceilings with beams add design and appeal to the space.
Even if you don’t opt for exposed beams, a vaulted ceiling offers great potential for rustic appeal. Vaulted ceilings with wooden planks offer a room with rustic charm. Because of its positioning (high up), the ceiling is one of the first things an eye notices. A perfect option for a modern rustic space!
Vaulted ceilings, when strategically designed, can provide a much-needed ventilation area for unwanted hot air. This is especially beneficial in bathrooms that need to dry out as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth.
Disadvantages of vaulted ceilings
A vaulted ceiling means a lot of dead space where nothing ever goes in and nothing comes out. A vaulted ceiling always makes a room look bigger and more expansive, and it means there’s no intimate feeling. If you need maximum comfort, such a blanket is not the best idea.
Dusting a ceiling fan or changing a light bulb can require skilled workers due to the immense height. To solve this problem, you can at least hang lamps and chandeliers lower to make it easier to change the light bulbs.
On cold days, the larger spaces created by vaulted ceilings require more energy to heat, and on the contrary – on hot days, you need more energy to cool the space. This is a waste as no one uses this air but you still have to do this.