Interior Ceiling Finishes
When constructing or refurbishing a home, a lot of emphasis is usually placed on selecting the right tiles for floors or the perfect colour paint for walls.
Considerable effort goes into these areas, but one crucial area is often overlooked.
A ceiling should be considered the fifth wall in a room and should be given the same attention to detail and design as your other walls.
This has the potential to accentuate and beautify your entire room.
But it can also be very challenging.
The type of material must first be decided.
There are a variety of materials to choose from, some which serve more than just an aesthetic purpose.
One of the more common materials is gypsum.
It is popular because of its durability, affordability and easiness to install.
It is fire resistant and is excellent at isolating sound, making it the ideal choice for buildings with more than one level.
No one wants to hear annoying footsteps and other noises coming from above. Gypsum ceilings help to mask these sounds.
This material is however not suited for areas exposed to continuous moisture such as roofs prone to leaking or outdoor garages.
Another popular option is PVC panels.
These are also relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
PVC ceilings are ideal for rooms that are exposed to moisture as they are water resistant.
PVC has a glossy look that may be considered more attractive than gypsum.
If you’re looking for something even more dramatic, out of the ordinary and with more design options, wooden planks, beadboard or ceiling tiles can be used.
Wooden planks or beadboard can be used to cover up plain white, boring ceilings in exchange for a more complex, textured look.
Wooden ceilings can be stained in the hue of your choice.
Beadboard, too, can be painted in any colour. Experts recommend a striped design to make your room appear wider (horizontal stripes) or taller (vertical stripes).
A striped pattern can be used as a quick and easy way to “dress up” a plain white ceiling in any material.
With ceiling tiles, the possibilities are endless as there are numerous colours, shapes and patterns to choose from.
Nevertheless, installing a ceiling isn’t all about what looks good. You still must consider what your ceiling is required to do.
If you are looking to hide unsightly wiring and plumbing pipes or even bulky air conditioning units, you may want to consider a suspended or dropped ceiling.
A suspended ceiling leaves a space above, where fittings can be effectively hidden from view, while remaining accessible if repairs are needed.
This type of ceiling is popular in large structures like office buildings and hotels.
When it comes to the design of your ceiling, believe it or not, there is a lot you can do.
A ceiling doesn’t have to be a straight, flat surface.
For instance, a bulkhead can be incorporated into your ceiling design.
A bulkhead is a portion of the ceiling that is lower and stands out from the rest of the ceiling.
These are an attractive focal point in a room but are often added for a more practical purpose such as concealing unattractive overhead wires or pipes.
To add a “pop” to your room, bulkheads can be painted in a different colour or dressed up with lighting fixtures.
Bulkheads are commonly installed over kitchen islands to create dimension and balance.
Soffit ceilings function in a similar way to hide bulky fixtures or roof beams. Some people add these to a room simply for decorative purposes.
Another element of design is a lighting trough ceiling.
As the name suggests, it is a section of ceiling that conceals florescent lights around its perimeter.
This is a stylish and discreet technique that results in an ethereal glow in a room.
After installing your ceiling, based on the design and colour you may still want to decorate it further.
The choices for decorations are endless, ranging from painted patterns, border designs, colour mixtures, or painting it in one solid accent colour.
Who says your accent wall has to be a wall? The ceiling works just as well to add some contrast to an otherwise ordinary room.
Perhaps the most underrated decorating technique for ceilings is the use of wallpaper.
Yes, it could be a hassle to install but it is also one of the most economical. Wallpaper does not require complicated cutting like tiles or wood and can be installed on nearly every surface. It can be easily changed for regular, updated looks.
Oftentimes less is more.
Instead of going all out with the decorations, sometimes the only decoration a ceiling really needs is a painted border or a simple decorative moulding.
A border along the ceiling can be installed to match up with borders along the floor and windows of your room to create a cohesive, balanced look.
A border can be painted on or ready-made wooden or plastic trim can be purchased.
Lighting fixtures are a crucial part of any ceiling. The wrong selection can ruin your entire ceiling design.
You want to make sure your light fixture isn’t too small or too large for your room as well as ensuring that there is enough clearance space.
You don’t want to install a huge chandelier-type fixture in a small room with a low ceiling that obstructs people walking around in the room.
A general rule of thumb is to keep at least 7 feet of distance between the floor and the bottom of the fixture.
On the other hand, multiple co-coordinating fixtures are recommended for large rooms.
Many people like to have hanging lighting fixtures over a table or counter top, which adds to the style of their home. Pendant lights are ideal for this purpose.
But make sure to leave at least 28 to 36 inches of space between the surfaces of the table or counter top and the bottom of the fixture.
With these tips, we hope you are able to approach your ceiling project with much more confidence.
Our team is skilled and experienced in all types of ceiling installation and will guide you to make the best choices for your home.