I have been so taken with this image lately. The ceiling, the trim around the doorway, the detail on the wall paneling, the chair fabric, the art, even the inlay on the dresser all reinforce and repeat Tuesday's Term: Coffering to stunning effect. Coffering is a sunken panel in the shape of a square, rectangle or octagon in a ceiling, soffit or vault. In this image, the coffered ceiling is a beautiful stained wood. ( Interior Design by Steven Gambrel, House Beautiful April 2011)
Here is an example of a painted coffered ceiling.
Coffering is a beautiful way to add interest and detail to an often ignored part of a room!