A concave surface forming part of a ceiling at its edge so as to eliminate the usual interior angle between the wall and ceiling.
With their stunning ornamentation and beautiful features, the first coved ceilings were pretty hard to beat. Coved ceilings were originally ornamental, featuring mosaics, gilded gold, wood trusses, and murals. They were bedazzled and bejeweled, and could be seen in locations all over the world. But if we fast forward to newer homes today that also have coved ceilings, these modern versions aren't as breathtaking as their earlier counterparts. Coved ceilings, no longer ornate with wood, gold leaf, murals and such, have become more spatial than grandiose. They seem like smooth hollow pockets above spacious rooms, often stand offish and unapproachable. These ceilings are no commonplace, and we glance at them quickly, as if to say, "Ill let you have your space," rather than look at them in awe. With a mission to make things look like they are meant to be, I say if you have a coved ceiling, you should flaunt it. We colorize and suggest paint colors for many people with coved ceilings who are looking to have them looked at in awe, revered like royal shelter, and even transform the room enough to change the very air we breath with more than just "nice" atmosphere. Paint color can make coved ceilings look and feel pampered like they used to be, once upon a time!
Here are a few examples that I have had the pleasure of colorizing. Next time you look at a coved ceiling...look at it a little longer and imagine what it could be given a royal color treatment.
The ceiling color and cove color are warm neutrals and directly relate to the warm natural surfaces in the room such as the tile and wood floors, creating a circumference of height, volume, and depth. The walls carry the same warm neutral feeling through red-orange, also balancing the leather color on the sofa. See colors like Devine Lobster, Devine Blush, Devine Orangutan with Devine Lion, Devine Cafe, Devine Impala, Devine Persian
The ceiling color and cove color directly relate to the natural surfaces in the room such as the tile and wood floors but becomes a "feature" through red-oranges such as Devine Lobster, Devine Blush, Devine Orangutan. The cool blue walls contrast and support the warm reds and warm neutrals. See Devine Storm, Devine Rain, Devine Denim, Devine Blue Chip, Devine Jay, Devine Shark.
The cove color continues to relate to the natural surfaces in the room such as the tile and wood floors as a "feature" through red-oranges such as Devine Lobster, Devine Blush, Devine Orangutan. But now the ceiling color becomes part of the wall color giving the room yet another version of depth, dimension and atmosphere. Cool walls such Devine Buffalo, Devine Grizzly, Devine Denim act as contrast and definition against warm reds and warm neutrals.