Choosing the best ceiling for your project can make all the difference. With an unparalleled variety of choices, no matter what your ceiling needs, we have you covered.
Most homes have ceilings that are 8 feet high, but in a custom home, the first-floor ceiling can be 9 feet high. Most are typically finished flat, with a surface just like the walls
Tin ceilings are a popular choice for a vintage touch. They originated in the 1880s as a technique for embellishing the ceiling. Tin ceilings were also an element of fire protection, which was always a risk with open flame cooking, heating, and lots of candles. Originally called steel ceilings, tin plating was later added to inhibit rust. These days, the panels you can use on these types of ceilings are much thinner and lighter than the old-fashioned ones – and they no longer play a role in fire prevention. Regardless, today’s tin ceiling panels can be installed in the original silver colour or in an array of hues to match your décor. They are appropriate in vintage, eclectic and traditional style homes, but partial tin ceilings can be an accent in many other interior décor styles.
The elements usually hidden in a ceiling — like beams, trusses or piping – are left out in the open as a design element in this style of ceiling. In older homes, renovations often expose things like wooden beams, trusses or original brickwork to highlight the building’s history. In newer construction, beams constructed to look just like wood highlight a ceiling and in modern or industrial style décor, duct work and piping lend just the right ambiance to an interior. These types of ceilings lend a more industrial or modern look to a space.
This ceiling treatment was common decades ago and is now seeing a resurgence in popularity. Typically associated with rustic-style homes, beams made of various materials are being installed into renovations as well as existing homes to add interest and style. Beams work best in a room that has a high ceiling of some sort. Used on a low ceiling, they can make a space feel smaller.
The design possibilities with these types of ceilings are nearly endless, not just with the base material but also with the trims and moldings that can be added to beams. Traditionally, beams are made from wood, but now there are also many faux options that can be attached to the wall and ceiling for exactly the style a homeowner wants. Beams made of metal or other materials can work in modern homes that need an edgier look.
A tray ceiling is a conventional ceiling that has a recessed section. Typically, the recessed portion is at least 6 inches deep and is centered in the room. This is an excellent artistic feature that offers lots of opportunity for customization.
Tray ceiling cut-outs can be any shape and can be completely vertical or angled. Designs sometimes combine several concentric sections that create a very dramatic effect. Combined with paint and types of molding and lighting, tray ceilings can be the focal point of a room. Once only a custom feature, lots of builders are now including these ceiling types as a standard bonus in custom homes. Traditionally they were used in bedrooms and dining rooms, but now these types of ceilings are increasingly making their way to the kitchen area as well.
A tray ceiling has one recessed section, but a coffered ceiling has many and covers the entire ceiling area of a room. The recesses are generally in the pattern of a square or rectangular grid. These types of ceilings are most common in traditional spaces and add an element of elegance and sophistication – as well as height and depth.
Originally designed to make stone ceilings lighter, coffered ceilings have evolved to be a design element used to add interest to a room. These ceiling types date back to 7BC, in San Giuliano, Italy, but examples can also be seen in early Islamic and Chinese architecture. In fact, the large dome of Rome’s Pantheon was built with recessed stone coffering to lighten its load.
A cove ceiling is one that has a section that extends from the four walls toward centre of the room to accent the actual ceiling. It’s almost like a frame for the ceiling. Traditionally, a cove is curved, from the wall upward, however that has been changing lately to include more angular designs. Coved ceilings are usually painted to match the trim in the room to tie them together stylistically. Inset lighting is often included, which heightens the drama, adds ambient light and makes a very stylish accent on these types of ceilings.