How to: Design Under a Pitched Ceiling

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April 23, 2014
Whether in restored farmhouses or modern, gabled homes, these rooms accentuate their steep, pitched ceilings.
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  The box-shaped balcony of this renovated farmhouse near France’s Chinon region uses oak built-ins to complement the home’s original timber beams. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.  Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.
    The box-shaped balcony of this renovated farmhouse near France’s Chinon region uses oak built-ins to complement the home’s original timber beams. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.
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  In the kitchen of Floating Farmhouse in Eldred, New York, a custom-built wood-fired oven extends up to the ceiling, accentuating its steep pitch. Photo by Mark Mahaney.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.
    In the kitchen of Floating Farmhouse in Eldred, New York, a custom-built wood-fired oven extends up to the ceiling, accentuating its steep pitch. Photo by Mark Mahaney. Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  "We didn't want to diminish the openness and height and feeling of a great expanse of space," said the owner of this resurrected 19th-century barn house in Pine Plains, New York. Fortunately, the barn frame's horizontal beams perform a domestic function by creating the illusion of a lower ceiling. An abundance of furnishings in rich materials fills out the space. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by Raimund Koch.
    "We didn't want to diminish the openness and height and feeling of a great expanse of space," said the owner of this resurrected 19th-century barn house in Pine Plains, New York. Fortunately, the barn frame's horizontal beams perform a domestic function by creating the illusion of a lower ceiling. An abundance of furnishings in rich materials fills out the space. Photo by Raimund Koch. Photo by Raimund Koch.
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  Sometimes the best way to deal with a tall, gabled ceiling is to just add windows. A line of windows in the Floating House in Lake Huron, Ontario provides a picturesque water view.  Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by Raimund Koch.
    Sometimes the best way to deal with a tall, gabled ceiling is to just add windows. A line of windows in the Floating House in Lake Huron, Ontario provides a picturesque water view. Photo by Raimund Koch. Photo by Raimund Koch.
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  Jens Risom's family retreat in Rhode Island is a pitched prefab with a second-story loft. A no-frills kitchen features wooden shelves that mimic the home's beams. Photo by Floto + Warner.  Photo by Floto + Warner.
    Jens Risom's family retreat in Rhode Island is a pitched prefab with a second-story loft. A no-frills kitchen features wooden shelves that mimic the home's beams. Photo by Floto + Warner. Photo by Floto + Warner.
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  A guest room in this repurposed barn in the English countryside lets the ceiling do the talking. Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.  Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.
    A guest room in this repurposed barn in the English countryside lets the ceiling do the talking. Photo by Christoffer Rudquist. Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.
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