Ceilings can sometimes feel like a distant cousin: you’re aware of them, perhaps take them for granted but don’t see or take notice of them very often. It’s a shame because your ceiling style can make or break a room.
The material you use to decorate your ceiling can have a big impact on a room’s acoustics. It can also set the mood in the way it reflects or refracts light and casts shadows.
Spare a few moments to learn more about this often-forgotten surface as we look into what makes some of the best custom home ceilings.
A Few Things to Consider
More often than not, your average Australian ceiling is little more than the plastered underside of the roof or whatever material forms the floor above. Many are simply left to their own devices but there is always the option to decorate plasterboard ceilings with wood paneling or mouldings.
Sometimes a builder may have left the beams exposed. This adds a more dramatic finish and, like some of the other ceiling styles we’ll be exploring, can add value to your home.
It’s worth remembering that a ceiling with an exposed ceiling still have plaster and insulation between the beams. As a total house covering we don’t recommend it, especially in bedrooms, so pick your rooms as you may decide on a feature ceiling only. To give you some inspiration, we’ve chosen 8 of our favourite ceiling types.
- Coved Ceiling
In a nutshell, a coved ceiling is one that has what we call a ‘cove moulding’ around its edges. In Australia, many people refer to this as cornicing.
There is a long list of cornices and decorative mouldings available. Strictly speaking, cove moulding is a concaved decorative cornice moulding. It offers a pleasing, curved connection between the ceiling and the walls it connects to.Some of the more sophisticated mouldings available may have historical significance. Cornices, are there to enhance the look of a room by making it look finished and complete.
- Coffered Ceilings
These get formed from recessed panels framed by beams. A square-shaped pattern is typical in most coffered ceilings, but other geometric patterns are possible too. They’re a great personal touch and can help improve a room’s acoustics.
Coffered ceilings have a long history and often featured in the buildings of the Romans and Ancient Greeks, such as the Parthenon in Athens.These days, faux beams get added to the ceiling to create the coffered effect. A wide variety of finishes are available including dark-coloured stains, paint and varnish.
- Timber Features
Timber features are a great way to add warmth and character to your new home. When designed correctly, a feature timber ceiling can make a room or outdoor entertaining area look and feel both bigger and brighter.
Exposure to natural wood and biophilic design has been shown to improve mood and emotional wellbeing of home occupants, no wonder so many people are choosing to add timber features to their new homes.
- Dropped Ceilings
A dropped, false or suspended ceiling is a secondary ceiling that hangs below one that’s already there. They’re more common in industrial style homes or in media rooms. The entire ceiling doesn’t necessarily need to be dropped often it is just a border that lines the room.
- Exposed trusses
Exposed trusses are also becoming increasingly popular because they add an industrial feel to any room—they’ll make your kitchen look like it belongs in a trendy modern cafe!
Exposed trusses are traditionally found in barn style homes. When incorporating exposed trusses in a new home, painting them white is a great way to keep an urbanized aesthetic. Adding black details into the design can create a dynamic and exciting modern decor, especially when paired with black windows and tapware.
- Vaulted and Cathedral Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings sometimes known as cathedral ceilings can create a light and airy space that can make a room appear bigger than it really is. If they’re framed by glass, they’re going to let the light flood in and create shadows and shapes in the room.
- Shadow Line Ceilings
These tend to be more of a sophisticated feature than an entire ceiling. A recess gets added into the ceiling. Using a specific metal angle as the junction between a wall and ceiling creates the shadow line.
The result is a room with a shadow around the ceiling that creates a distinctive and classy effect. Shadow line ceilings work well in living rooms and bedrooms. They add a smart and unique appearance to a room.
- Ceiling roses
Ceiling roses were traditionally used in the centre of ceilings to provide a neat, attractive finishing to light fittings. Ceiling roses are very fashionable once more and are now incorporated into many new Hampton inspired builds.
Custom Home Ceilings for You
Oceanview Constructions is a multi-award-winning Redlands Coast Builder. We have a highly experienced and talented team of professionals who deliver the best possible quality and artistry every time.
Talk to us now about the ceiling styles and ceiling types that might suit your home. Custom Home Ceilings are just one of the many areas of expertise we’re able to offer our customers. Get in touch with us today.