This clever ceiling trend gives Jesse Tyler Ferguson's living room a 'cozy and intimate atmosphere' – designers say

With this detail, the Modern Family actor and his husband Justin Mikita turn their living room effortlessly chic

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The ceiling is one of the most overlooked elements in interior design. Using innovative ceiling materials, textures, or patterns can elevate any space to look original and intentionally designed, so it's important not to forget. And nobody inspires us to take the ceiling more seriously than Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

The living room ceiling in the home shared by Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita perfectly embodies just how impactful this feature can be. The couple's living room is cozy and textural, with elements that look at once modern and classic. Their natural wood-panelled ceilings tie the look all together.

Experts love the space created by Mandy Cheng Design. Zeina Halwani, interior designer at Gorman's Home Furnishings & Interior Design states: 'I find that incorporating paneled ceiling in an open living room can elevate the overall design by emphasizing the architectural uniqueness of the space. The vertical lines created by the panels not only add visual interest but also contribute to a heightened sense of spaciousness and aesthetic cohesion.'

Zeina Halwani
Zeina Halwani

Zeina is a Michigan-based interior designer. She has an MFA in Interior Architecture from the Lebanese University and 25 years of experience in the design industry. She currently works as a manager and interior designer at Gorman's Home Furnishings.

She continues on the living room ceilings, stating: 'The ceiling paneling provides an open and airy feel, maximizing vertical space in the living room. The design creates a visually striking focal point, emphasizing the distinctive structure elements and creating a more expansive atmosphere. Additionally, the paneled ceilings can contribute to a cozy and intimate atmosphere, balancing the open design and a touch of warmth and style.'

Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens adds: 'The ceiling idea in this space is so effective because it adds yet another dimension of texture in Jesse and Justin's space. Though the color palette in the room is simple, the hardwood floors, matte cream walls, natural stone fireplace, deep blue accent wall, and light paneled ceiling add visual interest that gives the room a bold, innovative, and new feel.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson's living room is the perfect example of how a ceiling can act as a 'fifth wall' and create texture and interest in any room. To build a space space with an ultra-stylish and finished look, don't neglect the ceilings. 

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.