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Creative ceiling designs

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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The floor is covered with a high quality carpet and the walls are decorated with colourful wall decals—but what about the ceiling? We tend to shy away from decorating the tops of our rooms, and often leave them conventionally white. But maybe it’s time for something new. After all, it can be very easy to give the ceiling a different look. In this ideabook, we will show you how you can bring some variety to the upper reaches of your apartment or your house using light, colours or wallpaper.

Starry night

The ceiling in the bedroom is ideal for installing different types of lighting because this a room where it can be good to have the ability to adjust the light depending on your mood and time of day. In the bedroom, you want to have options ranging from romantic, to bright day light. In order to create more room for the light fixtures, a drywall construction is recommended: a part of ceiling is hung lower as a kind of second, smaller ceiling. In the space above the drywall construction LEDs can be installed. This lighting model also works fine in any other room. 

For the ultimate dreamy bedroom a starry sky can also be done with LEDs or so-called LED-glass fibres. If this is too complex, you can also rely on the simpler variant: small self-adhesive stars that glow in the dark.

A classic wood ceiling

The favourite for a slightly different ceiling design is undoubtedly wood. The use of natural materials can upgrade the entire ambience of a room. The warm tones of wood can be combined with a variety of colours or materials. Here, this cosy couch, complete with pillows and blankets, and the stove beside it work with the wood of the ceiling to project a rustic, country feel. 

A mix of styles

If a rustic wooden ceiling meets a modern, white wall, the results can also look impressive. In this example, an Italian architect decided to maintain the existing wooden ceiling and easily incorporated it into the redesign of the apartment. The sleek, modern couch works with the wooden ceiling to create a look that is a tasteful blend of modern and rustic. The wood serves to balance the minimalist, modern look, making the room seem warm and inviting.

Light on wooden rafters

This ceiling design makes use of the rafters, and the beams that run perpendicular to the ceiling, to give the room more structure. The space between them can be used wonderfully for lighting effects, whether you choose to hang small lights or indirect light sources. The light will ensure that the beautiful wood construction is better staged.

Indirect light

Indirect light is definitely one of the more popular types of lighting. In comparison to direct light, it has some major advantages: the direct source remains hidden, while the glow creates a cosy atmosphere in the room. To create this particular design, the entire ceiling of the room was dropped down. Then, in the lower ceiling, a hole was inserted and fitted with coloured LEDs. If you opt for such a ceiling design, make sure that high quality LEDs are used, so they do not heat up and can be incorporated into narrow spaces like this without hesitation.

Lines of light

Of course, using different kinds of lighting on the ceiling allows and encourages you to use your creativity! For example, lines or various patterns can be embedded in a drywall construction and then filled in with with plain, colourful or even colour-changing LEDs to create  a truly unique ceiling design.  As a result, we can admire it from the couch or proudly present it to our guests.

Forest leaves

A combination of light and original decoration makes this ceiling a real eye-catcher. More than 2500 different sized sheets hang from the ceiling, reflecting the rustling green leaves pictured in the wallpaper. The ceiling becomes a sort of forest canopy, bringing comfort, but also something mysterious to the space.

What do you think of these ceilings? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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