Despite the challenge of 8-foot-high ceilings, Costello had to go with exposed ducts in this Phoenix-area home, because the midcentury house didn't have attic space. The only other feasible option was to run the system on the roof — not efficient in a scorching-hot city, nor aesthetically pleasing.
To lower costs in another project, Costello went with an off-the-shelf-type duct. To make it unique, though — and not take away from the wooden support beam — he split the system into two smaller ducts rather than having one large one.
Smart ductwork can solve spatial challenges, too. A towering ceiling gets mediated by exposed beams and symmetrical ductwork here.
Sleek and minimalist, this stunning duct is a powerful decor statement all its own.
Likewise, this straightforward design is an eye-pleasing element in a contemporary dining area.
Even the simplest models can work wonders. Here, room-spanning ductwork enlightens a modern design wrapped in rustic wood.
The exposure method works even in spaces with low ceilings. In this basement lounge area, a jet-black duct system adds depth to an otherwise closed-in space.
Painting the exposed system here pares it down, making way for textural impact in line with the eclectic decor.
On the other hand, the large, rectangular duct here takes the bold and edgy decor one step further.
Getting creative with angles lets this system in a Toronto loft dazzle. The tube cascades from a bedroom into the kitchen and living areas, paralleling the staircase path.
Slick exposed metal causes a fashionable stir in this masculine scheme.
But don't feel confined to run-of-the-mill metal. Consider painting ductwork to complement other elements.
The ceiling is a great place for incorporating contrast, too. While this kitchen says urban country, the ceiling screams modern industrial.
A duct run along a wall rather than down the middle adds drama while letting the exposed rafters steal the show here.
Exposed ducts let homeowners virtually erase impeding ceilings. Here it opened up a head-turning harmony of geometric lines.
Exposed ducts don't have to be confined to just open living spaces. This small and subtle one is a slam dunk in this bedroom.
Subtle changes in size and shape can draw the eyes along numerous clean lines.
A crisp corner-hugging design aides the sophisticated vibe of this TV room.