Trey Ceiling Ideas for your New Home - Master Bedroom

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Master Bedroom Tray Ceiling Ideas

The master bedroom is your space, your retreat, your quiet, calming place.  The ceiling can reflect your personality and be a unique detail in this special part of your new home.


Adding a Trey Ceiling to Your New Home

Most builders offer trey ceilings as an option, but you may be limited to one particular style and size.  Other builders have several options.  Stanton Homes allows you to design a truly unique trey ceiling.

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This master bedroom features a sitting area.  Both rooms offer a single depth octagonal trey ceiling, with a recess for optional accent lighting.  

The depth or height of a trey ceiling can be limited by what's above - if there is a room directly above the master suite, the trey ceiling might "drop" rather than "raise" the ceiling, and is usually limited to about 6 inches or so.






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This master suite also features a private sitting room.  Here, the trey ceiling "interconnects" the two rooms in a truly unique treatment custom designed for the space.



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This master bedroom features an extended height trey ceiling, with multiple layers of crown moulding. 

The "lower step" of the trey extends inward towards the center of the room, and an electrical outlet included inside the recess allows for the addition of future accent lighting.






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A deep, bold color can really set off the architectural details in a trey ceiling.  The bright white of the crown moulding stands out very well against a deep blue, red, or green.

This dual step trey ceiling highlights alternating bands of ceiling color and wall color.




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A luxury home can include all kinds of unique details.  This sloped trey ceiling in the master bedroom includes picture frame wainscoating details, along with a wallpaper treatment for the base of the trey.

The medallion centers the light fixture as the highlight of the room.







 Trey Ceiling Ideas Master Bedroom - New Home Raleigh NC - Home Builders NC

The width of the "steps" in a stepped trey ceiling can vary, changing the look and feel of the room. 

Standard widths vary between 6", 12", and 18" per step, though other options can also be constructed.  Steps size should be proportionate to room size.

A wider step can create a more ornate feel for the same trey ceiling. 

The wider the steps, the more materials and labor are required for the framing, painting, and trimwork in the trey ceiling. 



An extra deep octagonal trey ceiling painted with an accent color adds a lot of height and depth to the ceiling, without a huge expense.  This type of ceiling treatment can look very appealing in master bedrooms of many different sizes and shapes.

Standard height of each step in a trey ceiling is usually 8" to 10" per step.

Thus a room may have a 8' ceiling height for the "outermost" portion of the ceiling not part of the trey, then 8'8" height for the first step, and 9'6" inside the trey itself.  But heights can vary by room and design.


 Talk to your builder about the design you'd like to see in your new master bedroom.  Bring pictures, and explain what you have in mind!   



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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your construction tips. Best wishes for continued success.

Mar 02, 2010 10:01 PM #1
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Really nice ideas and presentation. Thanks! Hope you have a great day!

Mar 02, 2010 10:04 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The ceilings are beautiful...and very unique!  I hope people take advantage of the wonderful work you do.

Mar 02, 2010 10:10 PM #3
Katie McBride
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
The McBride Team

Very nice photos of different types of tray ceilings.  Thanks for sharing these ideas.  What a great way to add something special to a ceiling.

Mar 02, 2010 10:23 PM #4
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Roy - happy to help.

Rob - there are so many different ideas, and many people aren't aware of all the different possibilities that we have available.

Carole - custom designed trey ceilings are one of our most popular "signature features"!

Katie - glad you enjoyed the ideas.  It really can be an inexpensive way to make a room very special.  We try to include two trey ceilings (master and formal dining) in just about every package we put together.

Mar 02, 2010 10:47 PM #5

Great info, I love all the photos!  Thanks for sharing.


Mar 02, 2010 11:08 PM #6
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Thanks for posting this I am having to paint a trey ceiling and this gave me some ideas..thanks

Mar 03, 2010 12:00 AM #7
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

Trey ceilings really add a touch of elegance to any room especially when they are "electrified".  The effect can be quite dramatic.  Thanks for your post.

Mar 03, 2010 12:01 AM #8
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Your photos provide some great examples of what you are able to accomplish with these features.


Mar 03, 2010 01:17 PM #9
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD


Tray ceilings are very popular in our area.  Love the photos & various in your post!  Thank you for sharing them with us.



Mar 20, 2010 05:20 PM #10
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Hi Penny, great photos and what a wonderful detail those ceilings add to a room.

Mar 20, 2010 05:36 PM #11
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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Mary - glad to help.  There are so many great ways to paint a tray ceiling!

Tom - and a cost effective way to add lighting to a tray ceiling is to make sure your builder includes a recess for lighting, along with an electrical outlet.  Then, you can add different types of lighting later.

Mar 22, 2010 01:52 AM #12
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