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Arched Ceiling ~ A stylish approach to modern finishes

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If hundreds of years ago, an arched ceiling could only be seen in a temple or palace, today architects are actively using this type of decoration in private housing. A beautiful shape, an unusual solution to the formation of the ceiling give the interior a special and individual touch. This is how Andrew Trotter saw a farmhouse in Ostuni (Italy).

Arched ceiling


A small house among olive groves is located on the crest itself, revealing unrivaled sea views. The owners decided not to depart from the traditions of home decoration, and in one thought with the architect came up with an original solution for their comfortable residence.

Each room is a transparent purity of white walls, combined with simple furnishings.

In order not to aggravate the interior and not turn it into a nondescript room, an arched ceiling was used. This form takes place in all rooms of the house, which makes the space unified, with one sense of organization. The building used traditional materials for the area – white stone.

Vaulted ceilings are a complex structure, for the construction of which you need to make a lot of effort. The house has several separate rooms:

  • Living room;
  • Veranda with open kitchen;
  • 6 bedrooms;
  • SPA-center;
  • Gym.

Such a complex cannot be called rural housing, but for its owners it was such a layout that allowed creating a cozy atmosphere.

What is special about arched ceilings?

The arched ceiling is gradually reaching its peak of popularity. The form of coverage is used in apartments, houses, country cottages. The advantage of this design is the ability to increase space, expand the area of the room and create a classic aesthetic. A vaulted ceiling combined with stone flooring provides excellent cooling on hot summer days.

A distinctive feature is the fact that the arched ceiling is not only the main element of the interior design. An arched structure is highlighted in the central part of the courtyard. The entrance area, as it were, prepares the guest for the fact that there are no traditional signs of modernity inside. For finishing the arched ceiling, no additional materials are used, but only natural white stone.

There are no distinctive elements and design zones in the interior – everything is decorated in a snow-white color, which is associated with the purity of the inner and surrounding world. The situation is as close as possible to rural traditions – a minimum of furniture, the absence of unnecessary decor, natural materials and finishes. The rooms have white sofas, wooden tables, painted white, snow-white bed.

Successful layout allowed to open the exit from the bedrooms and living room to the garden. Panoramic windows and sliding doors open onto a terrace, an open veranda with fields and sea visible. Italian passion is absent in this house. Everything here is saturated with love for naturalness and natural purity. After watching a photo of the Masseria Moroseta project, many will think about repeating the arched ceiling in their home.

Architects Andrew Trotter 
Photo Salva López 

Vaulted and arched ceilings: examples of the use of brick, wood, plywood and concrete

A vault is a constructive technique that is achieved by compressing the materials that form it together. Although this technique has existed since the days of the ancient Romans, certain types of vaulted ceilings, such as the Catalan or Valencian vaults, only achieved popularity in certain regions of the world at the beginning of the 19th century. With their ability to span over 30 meters and increase the height of structures, vaulted ceilings have become a popular means of building industrial spaces such as workshops, factories and warehouses.

Smaller arches, on the other hand, are usually prefabricated or built on site from clay, concrete, or other materials and are used in combination with concrete or steel beams or rafters to support walkways or attics. In general, they are less curved than traditional vaults as they are usually used for much narrower spaces. Their ease of assembly makes them a popular design trick in many parts of the world.