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Ceiling Wood Planks: 5 Styles to Steal

By: Carmen Ballock-Bunt
Posted In: News

Whether your goal is covering a slightly textured ceiling with wood planks or accentuating a plain Jane untextured ceiling, there are plenty of ways to dress up a down-and-out ceiling with peel and stick reclaimed wood planks. Exactly how you put those ceiling wood planks to use will depend on your ceiling type.

Tray, coffered, cove, dropped, and cathedral ceilings are some of the most gorgeous ceiling designs, and they make ideal foundations for peel and stick ceiling wood planks. Take a peek at these five inspiring examples of wood planking for ceilings, and then get peeling and sticking to create amazing ceilings of your own.

Dress Up Tray Ceilings

Ceiling wood planks are applied to a tray ceiling and paired with a white orb light in a contemporary master bedroom.

Tray ceilings, so named for their resemblance to an upside-down tray, feature a one-inch to one-foot-deep recessed region with a flat or sloping roof that attractively showcases lighting fixtures or fans. The Reclaimed Weathered Wood patina of the ceiling wood planks that were installed in this bedroom serves up a big helping of style in the otherwise neutral-colored quarters.

By keeping the depth of the recess relatively shallow and ensuring that the surrounding ceilings were at a level height with ceilings in other rooms, the homeowners added elegance while also maximizing the height of the room.

Go for Grid Glamour with Coffered Ceilings

Ceiling wood planks are angled in coffered ceiling and paired with black geometric pendant light.

If you’re gung-ho for a grid-like pattern on your ceiling, wood plank ceilings in a coffered construction will no doubt satisfy your design desire. Coffered ceilings are similar to tray ceilings, but instead of showing off a single recess, they sport multiple square or polygonal recesses punctuated by exposed beams.


As the ceiling wood planks on this coffered ceiling prove, the overall effect is that of a playful checkerboard. The daring DIYers behind the plank paneling increased the eye candy by mounting the fir wood planks diagonally around the focal point of a modern geometric pendant light.


Dive Into the Cove

Wood planking for ceilings in weathered wood white blends well with a bronze ceiling fan.

Photo Credit: The DIY Mommy

Often confused with tray ceilings, cove ceilings take the form of a broad bay or cove that spans the entire ceiling and frames it like a picture. This expansive ceiling made with white weathered wood planking transports guests to the forests of a whimsical wintry landscape. The complementary recessed lights and fan, two common built-ins on cove ceilings, both brighten and boost the comfort of the high-art haven.

DIY ‘Til You Drop

Ceiling wood planks bring eye to chandelier when they cover beams in a neutral bedroom.

Suspended or dropped ceilings that fall below the true ceiling of a room will never fall out of fashion because of the ease of adding one to an existing ceiling in virtually any room. That said, there’s no reason you can’t suspend with tradition by dressing up your dropped ceiling with real wood plank paneling. To add visual variety, wood planking for ceilings was mounted in a rectangle to evoke the illusion of a tray ceiling. An industrial-style chandelier at the center of the tray ceiling acts as a counterpoint to the distressed patina of the reclaimed weathered wood planks to achieve a contemporary-meets-rustic look.

You’re by no means limited to adhering ceiling wood planks to smooth ceilings like the one above; covering slightly textured ceilings with wood planks or creating wood plank walls on textured walls is just as quick and effortless.

The Beauty of the Basilica

Wood planking for ceilings helps the coved ceiling mirror the wood floor in this cozy cabin kitchen.

Photo Credit: Lisa Quig

Connoisseurs of fine architecture have been singing the praises of cathedral ceilings for centuries, and who could blame them? Following the contour of the roofline, the grand ceiling design boasts symmetrical sloping sides that meet at a sharp or blunted apex to add gravity-defying height to living zones that demand attention.

In this transitional kitchen and sitting room, Sierra Gold wood planks made from reclaimed barnwood were mounted along the slant and on the roof of the cathedral ceiling to give depth and dimension to the space. To play up the warm undertones of the gold-hued ceiling wood planks and evoke an even homier atmosphere, pair wood planking for ceilings with dimly-lit recessed lights and wood floors.

There’s no need to search high and low for quality ceiling wood planks. Order a custom Stikwood samples pack for any of the reclaimed woods above to give your ceilings a boost today.

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