A beaded board ceiling is a great way to change the look and feel of a space. Here are four great beaded-board-ceiling ideas.

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For many homeowners, a ceiling is just a ceiling: painted a nondescript color and left otherwise unadorned. But for others, their home's style preferences or space details are inspiration to add visual interest with a beaded board ceiling.

As with any finish or accent, there are lots of options for adding color, drama, or interest to a beaded board ceiling. Use these ideas and tips to inspire you.

Beaded-Board Ceiling Types

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Beaded board is a familiar design accent in many traditional or cottage-style rooms or homes. Its easy to identify, with a signature tongue-and-groove look and a notch between each board. Bead board used to be created with individual planks that snapped together; today's options include pre-made beaded board panels, too.

While beaded board used to be made solely of wood, vinyl and PVC options are now also available in either planks or panels. Vinyl beaded board is a particularly good alternative in outdoor rooms that have to withstand possible moisture. However, while it mimics the look of wood, both in grain and seaming, it does not match it perfectly. This may make it less aesthetically pleasing for some homeowners.

4 Ways to Get a Standout Ceiling

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There are four main opportunities to use beaded board on ceilings. They include:

Traditional Installation Many beaded board ceilings are installed in a straightforward manner -- planks running all in one direction, either to match the width or depth of the room. Beaded board ceilings such as these often feature crown molding where the ceiling meets the walls to supply a finished look.

Vaulted Ceiling Installation Beaded board is also an option for ceilings that are vaulted or cathedral style. They are typically installed with the planks or panels running toward the vault. In this instance, beaded board adds visual interest to what can be an overwhelming, floaty space. As with traditionally installed beaded board ceilings, crown molding can add definition to the line between a beaded board ceiling and adjacent walls.

In between Beams, Coffers, or Trays Ceilings are sometimes used as architectural elements in a room, with beams that span a space, multiple coffers (inset rectangles), or a tray (a recessed center). Beaded board planks or panels are often used in the spaces between these beams, coffers, or trays to add visual interest and variety. Depending on the design of the space and the ceiling, as well as the decorative finishes in the rest of the room, the beaded board may add to a casual feel or establish a more traditional approach.

Decorative Finishes However you choose to add beaded board to a ceiling, you can also personalize it with color or other decorative finishes. Beaded board may be painted to contrast or complement walls or crown molding. It may supply a unifying color for a room. Beaded board may also be installed in alternating directions between coffers or beams for visual appeal.

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