Changing the Material of a Cathedral Ceiling

Reference Number: KB-00163
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


I would like to change the color of my cathedral ceiling. I would like to do this from a 3D view, so I can see the changes as I make them. How is this accomplished?


The material of a cathedral ceiling is derived from the materials specified in the room it is part of. This material can either be changed using the Material Painter tool, or specified in the Room Specification dialog.

To apply a color to a cathedral ceiling using the Material Painter

  1. From the menu, select 3D> Create Camera View> Full Camera .

  2. Click and drag the mouse from the middle of an inside wall to the middle of the room, then release the mouse button to create the 3D Camera view.

  3. Select 3D> Materials> Material Painter> Material Painter  to display the Select Library Object dialog.

  4. In the Select Library Object dialog, choose the material you would like to apply to the ceiling, and click the OK button.

  5. On the Edit toolbar at the bottom of the screen choose Component Mode .

  6. The Material Painter spray can cursor will display, and using this tool, you will be able to apply the color of your choice to a standard or cathedral ceiling.

To modify ceiling materials using the Room Specification dialog

  1. To create a cathedral ceiling, use the Select Objects  tool to select a room, then click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Room Specification dialog. 

  2. On the Structure panel, uncheck the check box beside Ceiling Over This Room.

  3. On the Materials panel:

  • Select Ceiling Surface.

    In Home Designer Pro 2014 and earlier, select Ceiling Covering.

  • Click the Library Material button to display the Select Library Object dialog.

  • Browse and select an appropriate material and select OK.

  • Click OK to return to plan view.

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