Instantly make any kitchen feel bigger and more open with a vaulted ceiling.
Vaulted ceilings provide an opportunity to increase your storage by extending your cabinetry -- which is especially helpful in small homes. These homeowners have 12-foot-high cabinets. While the highest units require a ladder to reach, less-used items can still be stored in the kitchen, instead of a garage or basement.
The soft tones on the island cabinetry are illuminated by natural light that enters the kitchen from every angle. A large round window adds visual interest to the appliance wall and provides an additional light source. The vaulted ceiling adds to the open feel. Instead of a view-blocking range hood in the middle of the room, the homeowners opted for a downdraft vent.
White beams, ceiling, and cabinetry create a unified look that is light and bright. The support beams visually lower the ceiling for a cozy feel. They also offer a convenient location for installing pendant lighting over the island.
Lighting is a necessary element in all kitchens but can be difficult to plan in a room with a vaulted ceiling. Here, sunlight helps illuminate the room. A skylight and a large picture window maximize natural light. Pendant lighting hung from a series of wires brings light closer to the work area in a stylish way.
Without detracting from the open look of the room, the homeowners cleverly included several features along the rafters. Track lighting supplements the task lighting at the island. The professional-style range hood is partially concealed by the rafters. This solution offers a convenient way to vent odors without disrupting the kitchen's open feel.
Dark cabinetry and a black range are balanced by abundant natural light and buttery yellow tones on the walls and vaulted ceiling. Stained wooden beams along the ceiling tie the room together.
These homeowners love to cook, so they need plenty of space to fit multiple people in the kitchen. Two islands, generous walkways, a large range, and expansive countertops flanking the range give them the room they need. The vaulted ceiling keeps the room feeling light and open even when several cooks are in the kitchen.
A ceiling is more than just a roof over your head, as demonstrated by the special treatment on the ceiling in this kitchen. The beaded-board paneling lends a cottage feel. White paint makes the ceiling, cabinetry, and island look cohesive. The stainless-steel and glass pulls add a little sparkle to the room.
Part of the appeal of a vaulted ceiling is its airy feel. The best way to reinforce this feel is through a simple kitchen design that is bright and filled with natural light.
A large space with vaulted ceilings can seem overwhelming. This loft kitchen and dining area uses simple design elements to keep the room from appearing too vast. Tall, slender artwork gives the illusion of a shorter distance between the floor and ceiling. Pendant lights also visually lower the ceiling.
Although this kitchen has a 17-foot-high ceiling, beams from an old railroad bridge make it feel cozy. The homeowners used wood cabinetry and dark furnishings to complement the rustic beams.
A spacious layout is a must for high-traffic kitchens. Generous walkways and plenty of prep space make an easy place to work, while lots of light and high ceilings keep it from feeling cramped when things get busy. Seating outside the primary work zone lets the cook socialize with guests while preparing a meal.
The extra space provided by vaulted ceilings is a prime opportunity to display accessories in your kitchen -- from heirloom china to artwork. Antiques and period kitchen pieces are popular accents for open shelves and exposed beams.