Tray Ceiling Lighting And Remodel

by Debra

in Remodel Ranch Home

tray ceiling lightingMy older ranch style house had a tray ceiling hiding in the kitchen.  After my ceiling remodel I had a few options for Tray Ceiling Lighting.

Under all the tacky plastic and wood lattice dropped ceiling were 6 huge florescent lights. Granted the kitchen area was full of artificial light… but the dated fixture helped keep this kitchen dated and drab.

The ceiling fan had oak blades with wicker caning inserts and brushed brash accents. Ugly…

ceiling remodelAfter ripping down all the light fixtures and the ceiling fan… I could see how big the tray ceiling was.  I “wished” out loud that the “tray” was slightly larger.

Be careful what you wish for! Ha… Next thing I know my contractor was digging into the ceiling to see how much larger he could go without affecting the critical house supports.

As luck would have it… we could tear out some of the ceiling so that the drop matched up with the other architecture of the kitchen area.

Visually this made the room seem taller and larger. We had already started to choose the location of the can lighting… so now the design had to be entirely changed.

support beam in remodelPlus… wiring needed to be stretched to fit into the new space without adding junction boxes. It’s all a logistical nightmare and I was happy that it was someone else’s job to figure it out.

I am certainly the idea girl – NOT the detail person. :0)

Plus – for another added stress test… I wanted my old antique iron chandelier hanging in the tray ceiling.

We have a mobile island at this time. The island is a butcher block topped open shelving unit on casters… so I don’t have to worry about exact placement to co-ordinate with centering on an island.

Iron Chandelier In Tray Ceiling The addition of crown molding was exactly the right finishing touch.  The entire ceiling is painted the same light color… but I might follow my own suggestion: Tips For Painting A Tray Ceiling.

7 can lights are on a dimmer with the chandelier on a separate switch.

We found the “curly” energy efficiet light bulbs in the can lights worked really well for light and they are now available in a dimming format.

The kitchen does look more modern now.  I do still have the old Formica counter and dated appliances… but I’m taking all my remodeling in baby steps.

At least the Tray Ceiling Lighting worked out perfectly.

UPDATE:  Charlene sent in a picture of her tray ceiling remodel:

I did the very same thing to my kitchen in a house that we recently sold.
It was an older house and I did not want to spend a lot of money on it but the ceiling was too low!
We tore out the lights and put white bead board on the top with the canned lights and a pot rack. I attached
A picture that is not really good but you can see I had the same scenario.

Kitchen Tray Ceiling

I really love the Country French Look in this kitchen.  By raising the ceiling – you had room for that great pot-rack which just gives the entire room it’s focal point! Love this… thanks for sharing.


Captain Drywal sent my a comment with a picture:

I had indirect lighting in my kitchen (dated of course) so i removed the old and put in the new. Instead of wood trim i used radius curved corner beard on the edges. —NO laughing at the red cabinets, sometimes you have to try bold.

Tray Ceiling RemodelLove the wood edge on your tray ceiling.

It looks clean and “finished”!

The red and white cabinets with the yellow walls  look bright and fun!

The light fixture is an unexpected addition… It looks like it would give great task lighting.

Thanks for sharing!

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Captain Drywall December 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

I had indirect lighting in my kitchen (dated of course) so i removed the old and put in the new. Instead of wood trim i used radius curved corner beard on the edges. —NO laughing at the red cabnets, sometimes you have to try bold.

diet food plan February 19, 2010 at 2:27 am

around my neck of the woods they’re called tray ceilings. like rodge said, the ceiling in the tray is higher than that of the main ceiling and the footprint of the ceiling at the top of the tray is generally smaller than the opening at the bottom of the tray (the tray sides slope in to the top). I typically see them in master bedrooms.
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