There are so many elements that make up a home, and it’s easy to be so focused on one that you lose sight of the others. After all, there are multiple things to consider: lighting, furniture, paint colours, equipment and decorations. However, one aspect of interior décor that often gets overlooked is the literal roof over our heads: the ceiling!
While it’s easy to get fixated on what fabric you should choose for your sofa or the kind of floor tiles to select, your ceiling — if done right — can tie the rest of your décor together. So while you’re shopping for everything else, don’t forget to choose the right ceiling for your home. Don’t know where to start? We’ve selected some of the best ceiling types to elevate your home.
This is the most common type of ceiling that everyone is probably familiar with. Mostly found in residential buildings, conventional ceilings are flat and plain, usually about eight to nine feet above the ground. But if a more expansive space is desired, it’s possible to take the ceiling higher than nine feet. What makes them so popular is the fact they are affordable and easier to install than other ceiling types. They can also fit with any construction style and usually have a standard drywall finish.
There are two kinds of sloped ceilings. The first, single-slope ceilings (also known as shed ceilings) have the look of an ascending plane. This makes the room shorter on one side and higher on the other, as the ceiling ascends in height from one wall to the other. Regular sloped ceilings resemble a triangle shape, forming a point in the middle of the room. They are usually found in attics.
This ceiling type, although a bit more complicated than others, makes up for its tedious installation process by providing rich aesthetics. Originating in Greece, they are typically found in grand homes and large public buildings. Coffered ceilings are characterized by grids of inverted panels that look like notched squares or rectangles. This ceiling type has a classic, elegant look that can create depth and drama in a room. They are usually made with wood beams and crown moulding, so they can be quite costly to install.
Tray ceilings are those that have more than one level, with the central section raised a step higher than the lower ones. As each level descends, a three-dimensional effect is created. This produces an illusion of height and one can add as many lower levels as they want, provided the ceiling is high enough to accommodate the extra levels.
Also known as false or drop or dropped ceilings, these are ceilings which are quite literally suspended below the original ceiling by the use of metal grids. Thus, there will be space between the top ceiling and the suspended one, which is used to conceal wiring and plumbing fixtures. Thus, these ceilings have more of a functional than aesthetic purpose as they can also serve the purpose of muffling noise from pipes and the floors above. Common suspended ceiling systems are lath and plaster; tiles; panels; aluminium; free span and gypsum wallboard.
Whereas your typical ceiling features sharp corners, coved ceilings have a dome-like shape that curve at the edges instead of creating angles against the walls. This type of ceiling can also function as an archway leading into another room. Found mostly in churches, such as the Vatican, its design lends a soft, gentle look to a space.
Found something you like on our list? We hope you found this article helpful and are one step closer to designing a beautiful home!