Coffered ceilings looks like a substantial and complicated structural arrangement, but most contemporary coffered ceilings are not at all what they seem to be at first glance. Coffered ceilings existed in ancient Greece and Rome, but the architectural geometric ceiling panels were likely used in earlier civilizations. The great thing about a coffered ceiling is that its style can be adjusted to suit many different decors. For example, if square panels are used with plain-edged trim and everything is finished in one color, the look can be very modern and airy. When the panels are wood and the trim is elaborately carved, the appeal is more traditional and rich. If a rustic appearance is wanted, then a wood with knots or noticeable graining can be used to add warmth and character. Elaborately detailed white Victorian styled coffered ceilings may feature decorative plaster medallions to add elegance.
There are two basic methods of coffered ceiling construction. One is custom designing and building the ceiling for each particular home and room. The other option is to buy a do-it-yourself kit. Coffered ceiling kits contain a system of pre-fabricated, modular pieces that fit together. Coffered ceilings may look complex, yet they are considered fairly easy to construct since no actual beams are used. Ceiling beams support the structure of a building.