Are you planning a home renovation? Have you wondered what is a coffered ceiling? Have you thought of the importance of the ceiling as an element of your interior? Ceiling design is so often overlooked when arranging home interiors that most homeowners do not even think to ho away from “flat and white”. A great ceiling design in the living room, the kitchen or the bedroom will make your room unique and will add individuality and character. Ceiling tiles are sold in many varieties and we shall try to help you answer the important question – how to choose the right ceiling tiles and the best ceiling design for your home.
To begin with – What are ceiling tiles?
Ceiling tiles are used for decorative ceilings and are manufactured and sold in many different materials, sizes and thicknesses varying from metal, copper, styrofoam and even leather. The tiles which are made to get fastened directly to ceilings or fit into a grid system form a suspended or a drop ceiling. The most popular types of ceiling tile are cork, tin, plastic and acoustical and you will find useful information for the different types of tiles below.
Drop ceiling tiles and suspended ceiling designs
By definition a dropped ceiling is an additional ceiling below the main (structural) ceiling. It is also called suspended ceiling, grid ceiling, drop in ceiling and is also very popular in both public and residential interiors. Most types of ceiling tile and panels can be mounted on a grid which qualifies them as drop ceiling tiles.
Tin ceiling tiles and how to use them in the decorative ceiling design
There is no doubt that tin tiles are very beautiful. Ceiling tile made of copper, brass or steel are also called tin tiles. They add a sleek, shiny look to the room, but tin tiles can be quite expensive and require special tools to cut. Tin ceiling tiles are widely used in commercial and residential interiors.
Acoustical ceiling tiles
The great popularity of acoustical ceiling tile is mainly to the ability to reduce noise, as it has sound absorbent properties. Quality acoustic tiles are manufactured from mineral fibers or fiberglass blended with starch. Acoustical tile is largely used in music rooms or home theatres.
Plastic ceiling tiles offer a great choice and are widely popular as they are a cheaper option for those on a budget and offer a good insulation. There are plastic tiles designed with metal finishes which makes them look like tin tiles and they are called faux tin tiles. Plastic tiles can be found in richly ornate patterns. Cork ceiling tiles are gaining popularity as they offer an eco-friendly choice and are very easy to install which makes them perfect for DIY fans. Beside the elegant and stylish look cork tiles have very good insulating qualities. Ceiling tiles can be used in many creative ways as interior decoration. They can be used to decorate mirror frames, a bed headboard, a hallway wall, etc. Styrofoam tiles are the cheapest way to design a beautiful ornate ceiling. In addition, they are very easy to maintain and clean. Square or rectangular tiles made of styrofoam can be laid easily and are environmentally friendly and moreover, they are quite versatile. A great advantage is their lightweight and the endless variety of designs. You can paint them in any color to match the color scheme of your interior decor in any room and enhance the overall design. Check out more ceiling molding ideas+pictures and get inspired!