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10 of the Best Vaulted Ceiling Lighting Ideas

Having a vaulted ceiling in your home can be a great asset. Soaring spaces draw the eye upward and often let more light into your home. However, the challenge comes in choosing the right list fixture for a space with a vaulted ceiling. Read on to find out how.

Open Concept

This elegant open living area designed by Patricia Davis Brown of Patricia Davis Brown Designs features exposed wood beams that contrast the modern white finishes throughout the space. Sleek circular pendants above the kitchen island keep a low profile. Perimeter recessed lights and ample under cabinet and millwork lighting lend a layered effect.

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Transitional Style

Jacklyn Graniczny of Sublime Homes selected two spherical pendants to complement this vaulted living room. Herringbone paneling accents one side of the vault, tying in with a wooden fireplace mantel. Transitional style light fixtures work well in this space that combines both rustic and modern elements.

Stay Cool

Most vaulted living spaces in warmer climates can benefit from a ceiling fan. This design by Texas-based Melissa Fields of Shades of Gray Design Studio incorporates a black ceiling fan with a light. It coordinates with exposed black-painted beams, resulting in a crisp, modern space that draws the eye upward.

Modern Art

A modern take on a sputnik-style chandelier is a popular choice for a vaulted ceiling. These fixtures feature linear elements that project at different angles, each with a small bulb at the end. They look like an abstract piece of art, making them well suited to spaces with high ceilings that need a modern touch.

Go for Contrast

If you have a vaulted space with rustic wood beams and paneling, choose sleek modern light fixtures that create contrast. Here, geometric linear fixtures hang above an open bar space. The linear forms pick up on the beams above but introduce a contemporary edge that makes the space feel current.

Play Up Daylighting

If your vaulted ceiling features a skylight(s), then you’ll enjoy abundant natural light throughout the day, lessening the load on light fixtures. For a minimal and modern look, consider installing recessed lighting and a fan with the light fixture. These elements disappear during the day, but provide all the light you need in the evening.

Steep Vault Idea

A tall, narrow vaulted ceiling calls for a fixture that is proportional. This five-light chandelier fits right into the steep slope of this bedroom ceiling. When installing a fixture in your vaulted bedroom, consider adding a dimmer for ultimate control.

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Main Course

A dining area with a vaulted ceiling calls for a pendant with extra long suspension. This sputnik inspired fixture coordinates with the trim while adding a focal point within this bright space. By day, it looks like a modern sculpture, and by night it illuminates the table top.

Natural Touch

When you think of light fixtures, you typically think of a metal finish. However, there are alternatives that incorporate natural material such as jute or wood. A fixture of this type is a great way to bring a natural touch to your vaulted space, especially if it features exposed wood beams.

Kitchen Focal Point

A vaulted kitchen ceiling with an island is the perfect spot for a show-stopping pendant fixture. In this set up, the fixture will no doubt become the focal point of the space, so be sure to choose one worthy of this role. This sputnik-style fixture incorporates uniquely shaped handblown glass shades that create a starburst effect.

While selecting the right light fixtures for vaulted ceilings can be a challenge, when you find the right one, the results can be dazzling. By following these ideas, you’ll be able to choose a fixture that suits your space and makes it the focal point of your home. Your guests will look up in amazement.


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