Elevation/Section Through a Curved Ceiling

If you have the budget a curved ceiling can add sophistication, and polish to a rectangular retail department or room.  When used in a small space, perhaps 1000 square feet, the ceiling can be held back from the wall allowing for a cove and creating all manner of design possibilities.  The cove frames the room and adds focus to the walls, and the curve, if the ceiling is white or reflective, offers a more subtle option by placing indirect light on merchandise displayed in the center of the room.

Detail of Lighting Hidden in Cove

I worked on the boutique in the drawings above.  Capturing the light while hiding the fixtures was a big priority.  Not only is the cove perfect for this, but it also has a directional quality which points to the merchandise along the adjacent walls.

The Coolest T-Shirt Shop I Have Ever Seen .... Pefkos, Rhodes
The best way to know that this T-shirt shop got it right is to imagine what it would look like without the curved ceiling.  One quickly realizes that by softening the environment with warm indirect light reflected off of the colored ceiling, the design is performing as noted above and more.  Hard to believe the place is selling tea shirts.  They can probably charge more just because the ceiling looks expensive.