When you're thinking about having a number of ceiling bulkheads built into your custom home, you'll want to decide how you want them finished. There are a number of different ways that custom home builder services can finish your ceiling bulkheads, so it's important to give thought to how the room will look. Once you've made your decisions, share them with your builder. It's far better to get the bulkheads finished in your desired manner now, rather than make changes to them sometime in the future. Here are three types of ceiling bulkhead finishes to start considering.
The simplest finish that you can choose for a ceiling bulkhead is to have your builder paint it. Bulkheads are typically made of drywall, so painting this structure in the same color as your ceiling or your walls can be a good fit. This is a desirable look for someone who wants the functionality of a bulkhead — for example, a place to mount lights — but who doesn't necessarily want the bulkhead to stand out. When your builder paints the bulkhead with the same color of the paint as the surrounding walls and/or ceiling, the bulkhead will be far less noticeable.
Another finish option that might appeal to you is to have the bulkhead's surface finished with wood paneling. This can be a good route to pursue if you're having tongue-in-groove wood paneling on the walls of the room. There are many different directions that you can take, even after you decide what wood is the look that you're going for. Dark wood paneling can provide a richness to the room, while light wood will help the room to feel spacious — even with the addition of the bulkhead. You can still have lights in the bulkhead if you opt for wood; your builder will simply cut holes to the appropriate size.
You may also think about having a ceiling bulkhead finished in tile. You'll likely only choose this look if there are tiled elements in the space around the bulkhead. For example, if you're adding a bulkhead over a bar in your basement that has a tiled surface, using the same types of tiles on the bulkhead can bring things together. The heavy nature of tile can make the bulkhead feel as though it looms overhead, so you might want to think about choosing a light color of tile that doesn't feel so heavy.