The bottom line on ceiling panels and ceiling tiles
Ceilings have a profound effect on the look and feel not only of individual rooms, but also your home's entire interior. To create the best ceiling, you should have a thorough knowledge of the different ceiling styles as well as the materials used to create them. While ceiling panels and ceiling tiles are very common, finished or specked plaster ceilings are also a very attractive and popular option.
Popular Styles for Home Ceilings
What conventional ceilings lack in imagination they make up for in ease of care and installation. In essence, your standard ceiling is just a wall suspended across the top of a room and covered up with plaster or drywall. One common variation is the suspended ceiling, which is commonly used to hide aging or unsightly ceilings. They are built by creating a new ceiling that is supported by hanging metal grids.
Cathedral ceilings soar high into the air and are characterized by trusses and dramatic slopes. Though they have an undeniably strong effect, they can be difficult and even impractical to build and are not easy to maintain. Vaulted ceilings provide a far less challenging alternative with a similar aesthetic effect.
Shed ceilings are like cathedral ceilings, except that they only slope up on one side (rather than rising to an apex in the center). They are commonly used in conjunction with attic decking, as they offer an ideal way to make the most of the leftover space created by attics which are smaller than the room they rest atop.
Ceiling Finishes and Materials
Decorative plaster accentuations as well as panels and tiles comprise the majority of ceiling finishes. Standard ceiling panels are made from fiberglass, PVC or wood and can be decorated with pebbling, etching or fissures to create a textured effect. Tin ceiling panels can also be used if you want to combine a metallic or decorative look with extra sturdiness and stability.
Standard ceiling tiles are ceramic, just like wall tiles, but you can also get metal ceiling tiles if you want to create a specific effect. As with panels, both ceramic and metal ceiling tiles can include decorative etchings or colorations that add a touch of elegance to your home. Whatever you choose, keep in mind the overall effect your ceiling will have on the room and the rest of your home – consistency is a universal principle, regardless of your particular tastes or stylistic preferences.