What is a tray ceiling and how should I decorate one?

A house with a tray ceiling is a decorators dream!
A tray ceiling is an architectural feature that is usually some sort of shape recessed into your ceiling. The purpose is to break up an ordinary flat ceiling and add a variation of height and architectural interest into your home.
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Tray ceilings are an opportunity for creating a wow factor! Don't leave them untreated.
unpainted tray ceiling
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sea grass tray ceiling
sea grass tray ceiling
My favorite solution for decorating a tray ceiling is to add a wall covering. These two photos used a textured seagrass and paint on the out layers. Notice how your eyes are taken directly to the tray ceiling.
My favorite solution for decorating a tray ceiling is to add a wall covering. These two photos used a textured seagrass.