The ceiling is one of the most undervalued yet very important components of any house. No matter what type of ceiling, it is imperative that it pairs well with your walling designs and the rest of the room interior.
Basically, a ceiling is a finished space above a room that conceals wirings, ducting works and pipes from view. Over time, ceiling has begun to be part of modern interior design works that easily affects the overall atmosphere and mood of the room. Small rooms can easily be made more spacious by just lifting the ceiling. In this article we will discuss the most common types of ceiling in the industry today and also their different pros and cons.
As the name implies, this type of ceiling is the simplest and the most common ceiling seen in homes. It constructed typically in a finished flat surface just like the surrounding walls. This ceiling can easily be painted and decorated but there is nothing exceptional about its design. Opting to have a different ceiling finish such as popcorn surface may also prove to be bad decision as this will make the ceiling harder to clean. It’s better to stick with basic flat surface if budget is an issue.
Also known as “drop ceiling”, this type of ceiling looks exactly like conventional ceiling. The only difference is that suspended ceiling is built below an existing ceiling. This type of ceiling is commonly used in offices and industrial set-up as it is very easy to access the insides of the ceiling where wirings and other mechanical fixtures are present. Suspended ceiling typically consists of lightweight, removable panels attached to a suspended metal grid. Decorated panels are also available on the market if avoiding the office “feel” is a priority. Take note that choosing this type of ceiling will shave off at least 6 inches of your original ceiling height; make sure that your furniture and furnishings can still fit after the installation.
Mostly seen in classical houses, kitchen areas and dining rooms; tray ceilings are typically built upwards in a cut-out manner resembling a tray. The center of the tray ceiling can also feature a popped out portion that adds character and effects on it. This particular ceiling has an effect of making a room look taller than it already is. Decorative mouldings can also add beauty to it especially in traditional and contemporary-styled homes.
A classical-styled ceiling typically found in high-end luxury homes; coffered ceiling is made up of waffle-liked patterns with accented mouldings for added design and beauty. In older times, coffered ceilings are made from expensive hardwoods or carved stones that take time and resources to produce and sculpt. However due to modern technologies, having coffered ceiling will only cost almost the same as suspended ceiling. Chandeliers can also enhance the overall ambiance of coffered ceiling designs.
This type of ceiling is generally made of curved moulding that goes up from the main walls to the actual ceiling. This creates a round and smooth concave surface on the side of the wall that creates a soft and subtle look in the room. White paint finish is the most ideal color to use on this especially if it matches the color of the floor mouldings. This ceiling is ideal to be used in formal rooms and the arches can also serve as a simple room separator.
Usually seen on attic rooms, shed ceiling is generally characterized with a slope that slants upwards onto one side or two opposite steep slopes. The angle of steepness and the height of the ceiling are lower as compared to conventional ceilings. This provides better insulation and ventilation. The uneven look of the room because of the shed ceiling will look appealing to younger generation of homeowners that desires modern, minimalistic feel of their interiors.
Another type of ceiling that is enjoying resurgence in rustic and contemporary-designed homes are beam ceilings. Beam ceilings are just ceilings where hardwood-made, load-bearing beams and trusses of the house are exposed. There are even houses that use faux beams for design purposes only. This creates a good contrast and depth on the overall ambiance of the room. This also adds a feeling of spaciousness in small rooms.