Things are looking up in retail. And retail designers are looking up to showcase things. Ceiling treatments have historically been used to differentiate zones within a space, absorb sound, give tall spaces a cozier feel, direct traffic flow, and perform other pragmatic functions. And the hospitality and entertainment industries have long recognized their soaring potential. Vegas hotels gave all new meaning to blue-skying the function of ceilings long before Hogwart’s took that idea to the next level. And Fred Astaire was dancing on the ceiling years before Lionel Richie sang about it.
But some of today’s stores are turning our perception of ceilings on its head. While they represent limitations, ceilings are playing roles limited only by imagination — enhancing thematic ambiance, reinforcing brand values and capturing attention. Far from fading into the background, they’re becoming focal points in some retail spaces with fun props, unique artwork, structural interest or interactivity.
Learn more about ceiling trends or get inspired by these uplifting retail spaces.