Interior soffits are framed down from the ceiling for several reasons discussed below. They can be structural, but mainly they are cosmetic. You can also use them to designate systems such as concealing pipes, electrical wires, and ducting or add dimension and design to a space.
Interior soffits are perfect for bringing elevation inside a home. Adding soffits along particular interior walls will break the ceiling’s continuity and bring structural appeal to a bare top. Soffits with clean straight lines are sleek and contemporary and naturally bring attention to the space they occupy.
In spaces that need a little spicing up or on surfaces that lack embellishment, soffits are a great addition. This is especially true for today’s contemporary open floor plan homes. Adding soffits will help distinguish one space from another while bringing design to a bare ceiling.
For example, an open floor plan home with a modern design can appear a bit stark if all you see is high ceilings that continue from one space to another without knowing we have crossed into a different room.
Dropping in a soffit in the dining area or your family room will designate that space as its own entity. A soffit will let people know that they’ve crossed the threshold between kitchen, dining room, or a formal living room. By tastefully adding lighting or an elegant chandelier to a dropped soffit, you bring design and particular interest to the ceiling.
Adding soffits also allows for an opportunity to add recessed lighting that can be displayed at night for an intimate feel. Or hanging a stunning chandelier in the dropped ceiling over the dining table will bring warmth and intimacy to the space.
Recessed lighting, light futures that sink into the ceilings are great for sleek, modern homes that don’t want to pick up any elaborate light fixtures. They’re barely noticeable if you’re not paying attention, and they emit a steady stream of soft, ambient light for all your home lighting needs.
Recessed lighting fixtures also often have adjustable switches- meaning you can decide what lighting level you want to have for your gathering, date, or a quiet night at home.
However, if you have a more extravagant personality, you might want to try putting up a chandelier. With a soffit, this process is more straightforward than you’d ever dreamed. Adding a chandelier to a room gives it an air of distinction, setting it apart from the others and giving off an impression of grandeur and affluence.
Soffits are great architectural features that can be used in any home to not only add to a home’s appeal but also be used to serve a great purpose. They have incredibly high utility levels, are beautiful in themselves, and can help you discover new home improvement opportunities.