​False ceilings: 10 inspiring designs

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Showroom Bergmann Wien, Foschi & Nolletti Architetti Foschi & Nolletti Architetti Minimalist offices & stores
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Whether you know it as a dropped or suspended ceiling, a T-bar or a grid ceiling, there’s no denying that these architectural beauties have lately become synonymous with modernity and sophistication. Convenient to install with the appropriate tools, a false ceiling aesthetically hides the duct work, pipes, electrical wires, lighting, heaters and door frames to impart a clutter-free, tidy look to the ceiling – no wonder it’s become so trendy!

But keep in mind that the role of false ceilings goes far beyond the aesthetics and technical functionality. With a false plaster ceiling, you can rationally delineate different areas of a large integrated / open-plan room without having to resort to walls, be it visually lengthening a hallway, adding a vibrant pop to the living room or highlighting the decoration of an old ceiling.

Let’s get inspired with these 10 examples of gracefully functional false ceilings…

1. Escalating gypsum beauty

In this minimalist living room, this gypsum lacquered false ceiling adorns the roof along the height of the stylishly lit oak wood and enticing glass stairway.

2. Plastered to adorn and outline

Not just functional, the plastered false ceiling could also double up as a decor element. This bright living room has been given a lively pop with the decorative ceiling as shown, with a view to demolish the wall demarcating the entrance from the main hall. The decoration characterizing the two originally separate ceilings has been highlighted using 2 different frames to reinforce their individual appeal in a unified living space.

3. Illuminated by combined elegance

In this marvel of interior architectural design, the false ceiling has been combined with a mini library made completely of plasterboard.  To light up the room, this false square ceiling has been designed with lovely lighting, somewhat concealed along its perimeter.

4. An added utility

If you are looking for the optimal spot to accommodate the heating or air conditioning, a false ceiling is your best solution. This is the option selected for this bedroom during remodelling, wherein the room has been equipped with a ceiling that incorporates fluorescent lighting with a bonus functionality of air conditioning located above the access door of the room. So pretty and practical!

5. Loaded with radiant appeal

False ceilings facilitate graceful visual effects and an illusion of spaciousness—just look at this charming narrow corridor!

6. Contemporary 2-in-1 style

False ceilings are a fantastic idea to demarcate spaces without actually dividing them. This inventive false ceiling covers two areas in parts—on the one hand we have the lounging area with the couch, and on the other, the dining space. The partition is made by open space sans wall or divisions – note the absence of false ceiling in this middle area.

7. How about a visual cloak?

This modern dining room with the spotless white dining set bears the matching white false ceiling that presents a brilliant contrast with the grey wall and the dark brown door. The false ceiling conceals the lighting elements beautifully, and also hides a part of the doorframe which disappears into this ceiling.

8. A designer insertion

In the dining room inside, a false ceiling has been inserted above the round table. Two pendant lamps hang from the false ceiling, bathing the tranquil white dining set with illumination. Creating an elegant atmosphere for dining in a cozy ambiance, this is a great example of how false ceilings can be used for beauty.

9. Tasteful creativity

Here, the space depicts the false ceiling in two parts: above the dining space, it bears LED lighting in horizontal bars, while above the sofas there are original wooden beams holding small lamps giving out a golden glow. The latter matches the mellow wooden accents of the floor and the shelf beside the credenza, which brings out the aesthetics underlying lighting in the room.

10. Well lit for the minimalist style

But of course false ceilings are not restricted for use in only residences; they can also be utilized for commercial spaces, like this minimalist office here. 

The lights flanking the false ceiling guide the visitor through the spaces while the synthetic material of the ceiling absorbs sound to help drown out sound. False ceilings also allow for employing recessed lights in an appealing manner, serving to visually elongate the hallway.

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Where in your home would such a false ceiling look sublime?

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