Ceilings Worth Staring At


We’ve been delving into more commercial design projects around here at Root’d over the past few years. It’s an exciting avenue that allows us to reach deep within our creative fibers and brainstorm some really cool things that we get to watch come to life. If you’re familiar with the Park City/Salt Lake area, I’m sure you’ve stopped in Campos Coffee at the base of Park City Mountain Resort and Campos Coffee Roastery & Kitchen in Salt Lake - PSA: if you haven’t, run don’t walk. Additionally, we are finishing up a refresh of Twisted Fern in Park City as well, just to name a few!

Working in commercial spaces tends to mean that they have more of a natural industrial feel with a large area to work with. Here at Root’d, we believe that a well designed space engages the viewer in many aspects of the design: texture, feel, colors, etc. This is where the fun in creating a ceiling worth staring at comes into play!

Follow along as we extract what we love about these inspiring commercial spaces and the air that hangs above you.

One of the toughest obstacles when faced with a commercial space is usually the existing ceiling and what do to with it. It’s one of those things that will need to fit into the budget undeniably - but not something that customers will physically engage with, so it can be hard justifying cost toward that rather than chairs, tables, etc. All it takes is a little creativity and a usually a lot of grunt work (thank you contractors, we love you). I love how the cafe design below shows the grid like pattern created with variating stained lumber - engaging, intriguing, subtle yet something worth staring at.

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Similarly in this next design, the ceiling design was created solely with lumber and sheet metal. I really love how it is design-worthy and serves as a functional piece as bottle storage! Win, win in my opinion.

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Besides just having it look cool, ceiling design can also help to tell your story and a little bit of what you’re about. I really like how the restaurants below use rope detailing to create a unique vibe. From these two vastly different designs, you can get the feel that the spaces may be coastal or that they serve seafood fare. It helps the customer subconsciously connect the dots on what the space is functioning as and what they should expect.

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My favorite design aspect is the unexpected. I really like how the spaces below use objects that may be unexpected for ceiling application. The hex lighting in the first design gives dimension and interest to the space; while the second application adds interest to what otherwise might have been a boring ceiling/wall situation. The roller shades in the bottom design really help your eye move from the ceiling down the wall and around the space.

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Lastly, would it be a blog post if I didn’t talk about plants? Probably not. So without further ado - the greenhouse effect. (No, not the one you learned about in middle school Earth Science.) I’m absolutely floored by this design. The use of the house like structure paired with the metal screening to support the vines is amazing! This design is something customers and viewers would remember, 100%.

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Sources: Minos Design Architects, Five Cell Architects, Coperaco Coffee.

Melissa Berry