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Ornamental plaster ceiling and speakers, please advise design

Posted by threeapples (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 28, 12 at 21:29

Our Georgian home will have an ornamental plaster ceiling in a design similar to that shown in the link. My husband wants to put speakers in the ceiling, two 9" circular ones, one in the middle of each end of the ceiling. I'm worried this will look terrible and am thinking perhaps we should do it in the wall instead. The walls will be paneled and there is no good place to put speakers there and, incidentally, wall speakers are rectangular and larger than the ceiling speakers. What do you think? Should I do ceiling or wall?

Here is a link that might be useful: possible ceiling style

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RE: Ornamental plaster ceiling and speakers, please advise design

Convince him to put them in the wall somewhere, and possibly use those paper over speakers that can be painted out, if they still make them.

Don't mar the Adam Ceiling with any perforations or penetrations except a central chandelier, please :)
Use lots of perimeter sconces if need be but please no modern interruptions in a period ceiling.

RE: Ornamental plaster ceiling and speakers, please advise design

Ditto. What about the option of a wifi speaker you bring in for formal dinners? I would do that before I would cut a hole in the ceiling or in the wall paneling. . . Many are battery operated, you could sit it below your sideboard or in another inconspicuous place, etc.

Or what about eliminating the speakers in the dining room altogether? The point of dining is to talk and music just distracts I think . . .

RE: Ornamental plaster ceiling and speakers, please advise design

thanks so much to both you. i'm desperately trying to convince my husband for no speakers in the dining room. he's not buying our vision. :(

RE: Ornamental plaster ceiling and speakers, please advise design


We have ceiling speakers all over our home. Many times we have the music fed from another room, so we can hear it in the dining room, music is just in the background. occaisionally, we have the music in the dining room but it is balanced most of the time with the other rooms' speakers, so it's just barely on in the dining room.

Just an idea, you could possibly put the speakers lower in the walls; chair rail height or even lower to be less conspicuous.

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