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Creating a Coffered Ceiling With Chamfer Bead

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With its crisp lines and stark shadows — creating a softer look than the sharp angle of a 90-degree corner — Chamfer Bead is a favorite design choice among both drywall finishers and interior designers. A perfectly executed coffered ceiling, meanwhile, can single-handedly take a room from humdrum to elegant. Combine these two design choices into one ceiling detail, creating a coffered ceiling with Chamfer Bead, and you’ve got a room worth bragging about.

And that’s exactly what the drywall pros at Gary Johnston’s Plastering & Drywall did. We recently visited a custom home build they were working on in Naperville, Ill., where they were in the middle of creating a dining room ceiling that will be sure to wow their client.

 

As you can see, this ceiling design breaks up the area into four square, sunken quadrants, adding an interesting texture to the room. Unless you’re working with a massive room with extra-high ceilings, some coffered ceilings with deep sunken panels can actually make a room look smaller. Here, we’re only talking about a slight step down — just enough to accommodate our wider Chamfer Bead’s 1 ⅛” edge — so we get all the benefits of a coffered look without noticeably lowering the height of our room.

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The design is lined with chamfered edges, set off by Chamfer Molded Corners on one end of each quadrant. Normally, those Chamfer Molded Corners are just a quick way to finish corners where multiple beads meet. In this case, the four molded corners are also forming their own, smaller square shape in the center of the ceiling with chamfered edges on each corner. It’s a smart, subtle design choice that’s going to really help the entire ceiling pop once a hanging light fixture centerpiece is installed here.

Though we haven’t yet seen the finished product of this coffered ceiling, you can imagine how a tasteful paint job here will be the cherry on top of a showstopping dining room. And by creating a coffered ceiling with Chamfer Bead, you can add a ton of value to a house without overinflating your budget.

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Want to see more from this residential project from the finishers at Gary Johnston Plastering & Drywall? Hit the button below to check out how they sped up their process by using our Fast Edge® corner bead for all their outside corners.

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