Plaster Ceiling Design + Architectural Mouldings

Today’s post is a continuation of the series on mouldings. I have so many beautiful images, that I realized that I needed to break it up. Since I started with plaster ceiling design, this is what I’m going to focus on for today.  Some of you may recall that I’ve already done a post entitled You’re Gonna Hit the Ceiling… which focused on paint and wallpaper finishes for the oft-forgotten ceiling.

These are types of rooms that one really hates to put anything in them. And quite frankly, I love more contemporary furnishings in homes like this.

I’m going to start with old plaster because quite frankly, like a lot of things, they simply cannot do what they used to do.

Not even close


Decorative plaster ornamentation is commonly found in homes built in the 19th century in large cities like Paris and New York. The rooms always have very high ceilings– at least 10 feet and large gorgeous windows.

So, let’s start with those. Of course, along with the ceilings, we’ll also get a lot of the wall and floor, but today’s focus is upward. I could not find the original source for some of these images, so if they are uncredited, that is why.


Absolutely love this image and even though I never do paint this glossy, I really think it works so well here.


swedish+ad+foto A Swedish interior. Very interesting detailing on the ceiling

andrew-twort-photophotograph by Andrew Twort




brucebuck_photoBruce Buck

Love the mid-century modern mix in this apartment




Blamey Saunders Hears


Palladio Mouldings

Beautiful website with lots of gorgeous plaster mouldings. These tracery type mouldings on the ceiling are becoming quite the trend and I think in most cases, it’s a good one.


Anne Claire Rohe

Love that some of the ornamentation was left in an otherwise modern room.


Cullman & Kravis

My jaw kinda hit the floor when I saw this unique design


Thad Hayes

This adds another dimension to this otherwise contemporary kitchen


Tillingham Estate Yawn Design


Above and Below the former Brooklyn apartment of  Jenna Lyons





Gorgeous ceiling! Absolutely heavenly!



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