Consider this: The largest solid surface in a room, besides the floor, is the ceiling. Instead of leaving it bright white or builder beige, convert this blank canvas into a decorative canopy of color and texture.

Fresh interpretations of vintage styles — such as gleaming metal tiles and textural wood beams — are helping inspire the ceiling trend, along with new, easy-to-install products that put these ceiling projects well within the reach of today’s do it yourselfers.

• Layer on the luster. Besides beauty, stamped metal ceilings offer practicality. They resist mold and mildew, offer sag resistance and last longer than plaster or dry-wall. Metallaire metal ceiling tiles from Armstrong are available in 12 patterns, and a variety of finishes, including chrome, copper, brass, white and lacquered steel. The lacquered steel panels also can be painted to accent or blend with the rest of the room.

• Mix and match ceiling styles. Some room designers are combining different decorating elements at the top, such as inlaying the recesses of coffered ceilings with gold or copper tiles.


• Create character with wood. From rustic timber to sleek teak, wood hues help set the tone in a room. Besides imparting a sense of warmth, the grains and knots in wood panels add a textural layer that contrasts nicely with smooth surfaces like painted walls and granite countertops.

• Add architectural depth. Today, the cost and complexity of building coffered ceilings have been reduced by lightweight materials and easy-to-install prefabricated systems that boast features like mold and sag resistance.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.