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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