Sunday, June 28, 2009

Real Estate Glossary - Coffered Ceiling

Usually seen in upscale (read, expensive) homes. Encyclopedia Brittanica online uses this definition:

in architecture, a square or polygonal ornamental sunken panel used in a series as decoration for a ceiling or vault. The sunken panels were sometimes also called caissons, or lacunaria, and a coffered ceiling might be referred to as lacunar.

coffered ceiling 1

coffered ceiling 2 more

coffered ceiling 2

If the builder or homeowner wants to you to think they’re really fancy-schmancy, they extend the coffer into squares. This is usually seen in the office/den or the dining room.

coffered ceiling boxes

Coffered ceilings have been around for a long time. An example from the 15th Century - a flat-panel coffered ceiling with gold overlay, in the Duomo, a medieval cathedral in Pisa, Italy next to the Leaning Tower.

coffered ceiling example 15thC Pisa Duomo ceiling picture credit to Wikipedia user Lofty

A modern example, from the Washington Metro station, Washington, D.C., USA, upper level tracks (circa 1968).

coffered ceiling in Wash Metro picture credit to Wikipedia user Kkmd

If you’re so inclined, Google Images has a great stock of different types of coffered ceilings.

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