Top 8 Modern Vaulted Ceiling Styles

The vaulted ceiling is a great piece of architectural work that will continue to remain trendy regardless of the various ceiling designs that keep coming up.  The design or style used for the vaulted ceilings have a great way of influencing the general outlook of the home. With numerous design options to choose from, one is capable of incorporating some personal features that make the design quite unique and elegant. Here are some of the modern vaulted ceiling styles that one can choose from for a more appealing design

The Barrel Vault


This style of vault is both the most traditional and simple style of ceiling vaulting. Quite ironically this simple design is often used as a base for more intricate designed ceilings. The barrel vault is characterized by its ongoing series of semi-circular arches. Each semi-circular arch is directly behind another semi-circular arch. This creates a half barrel look that also resembles a tunnel. This typical style of vault are placed in entranceways, foyers and hallways. Using a barrel vault is a great way to accent a first or second floor of a home, while also providing a higher ceiling space.


The Diamond Vault


This form of vaulting is one of the most ornate types on this list. Hundreds of years ago the diamond vault began to be used in both the Renaissance and Gothic styles. The diamond vault is an extremely complicated convex-concave ceiling structure. This type of vault is created through the use of elaborate systems of cavernous vaults which create diamond shaped fixtures in the ceiling of the building. Many who glance up at a diamond vault are immediately reminded of the diverse facets of a cut diamond or other gemstone, hence the style’s name. Visually diamond vaults play a variety of roles. A properly constructed diamond vault can visually compartmentalize, simplify and or integrate the interior of a room. This creates a sense of expansion the can diminish the visual effects of claustrophobic ceiling ridges.

The Groin Vault



The groin vault is created by the intersection of two barrel vaults at 90 degree right angles. This intersection creates four curving surfaces on the ceiling that serve to draw the eyes up to the center of the vault. This barrel vault intersection creates ribs that inspire strength and are visually appealing. The groin vault is characterized by its arches that are either rounded or pointed. The picture above depicts a home building design that incorporates an expensive barrel vaulted ceiling flanked by dual groin vaults. The great thing about groin vaults is the fact that they can be very decorative or simplistic.

The Cloister Vault Arched Ceiling


The cloister vault is characterized by its dome shape, and its base that is either square or polygon shape. Along with diminished courses drawn from the top and bottom of the ceiling, the horizontal sections both create a frustrum or pyramid-eseque shape that has an outwardly curved sides. The cloister vault is also distinguished from other vaults by its curved sections that rise from the base to the centered point of the ceiling.

The Catalan Vault


Looking to add a little Spanish culture into your home design? Well look no further than the catalan vault, which is also known as the timbrel vault, catalan turn and catalan arch. This style of arch is the lowest arch on our list. Made out of simple bricks this type of arch is created by placing bricks lengthwise over a wooden center. This creates a softer curve than typically found in other types of vaults. This style of vaulting originated in Catalonia but has made its way to the U.S. When used in home design this lower arch is used for a low-fi earthy effect.

The Parabolic Vault


The parabolic vault has a domed roof along with a cross section that moves in all directions. Essentially a parabolic vault serves to create a parabola shape in the ceiling. A parabola is mirror-symmetrical curve that is two-dimensional and makes a downward U-shape. While as a shape the parabola does not have an end point, the parabolic vault’s endpoints are often all the way to the ground of the structure.

The Rib Vault



The rib vault is a classic vault that is then reinforced with masonry ribs known as ribbed vaults. This style of vault deviates from the original groin vault, while the transmission of weight to the outward pillars remains the same. Importantly, this style of vaulting allowed for the placement of higher windows in the building’s walls. The rib vault involves using two masonry ribs and then dividing these ribs into different sections. The quadripartite rib vault involves dividing the ribs into four sections. While a rib vault that is divided into three separate masonry ribs creates a sexpartite rib vault that creates a total of six sections in the vault.

The Shell Vault



The shell vault is a vaulting structure made out of thin material. It develops rigidity in its shape instead of through the strength and bulkiness of the vault. This style of vault is exterior in nature and often times is a shell put over the exterior of a structure. Thus, the shell vault typically does not have a visual or structural effect on the interior ceiling of the structure. Essentially, the shell vault gets its name because it is a vaulted structure used as a shell to cover a building.

The vaulted ceiling comes in a variety of shapes but all styles share a few similarities in common. A vaulted ceiling can be used to emphasize light or space by creating depth and range with a ceiling. Or a vaulted ceiling can be used as an outdoor shell for the exterior of a building. Regardless of the various vaulting styles that interest you, we hope this list of the top 8 modern vaulted ceiling styles has been informative and helpful.

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