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Ceiling Panel and Decorative Ceiling Installation
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Ceiling Panels Give You Lots of Decorative Ceiling Options
A decorative ceiling sounds expensive, but with many of today,s easy to install ceiling panels, you can create a unique, elegant ceiling in any room without breaking your budget. Ceiling panels are also great for covering up problem spots such as old water damage, uneven ceilings, damaged plaster or popcorn ceilings.
There are a variety of ceiling panel options for the home remodeler. Knowing how you're going to use it and what kind of budget you have will make choosing the appropriate panels for your decorative ceiling easier.
Metal Decorative Ceilings
For a Victorian style home, copper or tin ceiling tiles are a popular choice, but the cost of real metal ceiling tiles or ceiling panels can take a real hit on your budget. If you have the time and inclination, you might want to consider visiting salvage yards in your area to see if you can pick up some old tin ceiling panels for a minimal price tag. Of course, youll probably need to do some repairs so that they look like new again, including gently pounding out dents and making sure the edges of the ceiling tiles are smooth and ready to install.
For a wallet-friendly alternative, consider looking for ceiling panels made of fiberglass, gypsum or plaster. After youve installed these less expensive ceiling panels, you can paint them with a copper or silver metallic paint to mimic the look of genuine metal at a much more reasonable price. These ceiling panels are most commonly available in individual tile ranging from 20" X 20" to 24" X 24" and can be installed directly over your current ceiling. You'll be amazed by what a difference a decorative ceiling can make to a room, particularly if you're covering an eyesore like an old popcorn ceiling.
Ceiling Panels Come in a Variety of Styles
A decorative ceiling adds texture and style to any room, but you do want to match your ceiling panels' style to the rest of the room for a cohesive look. If you have an art deco room, look for ceiling panels that feature strong angles and geometric shapes such as repeating squares or a triangles.
For a Victorian home, you can add a decorative ceiling and go as elaborate as you like. Most Victorian homes featured ornately detailed ceiling panels with heavily detailed scrollwork, floral motifs and lots of depth. To carry this look one step farther, you can paint the individual squares with more than one shade of paint. For instance, you may want the raised detailing to be a serene off-white, but paint the background in a deep, rich shade such as burgundy that repeats the color of the room's walls or wallpaper. Using more than one shade of paint also adds the illusion of depth to your decorative ceiling, so that the individual ceiling panels appear to be actually carved into the plaster.
For the most formal of rooms, particularly those with classical elements such as pilasters, consider installing ceiling panels and accenting them with a bit of gold gilt. You don't want to overdo this look, but an off-white or cream decorative ceiling where you add just a few touches of gold gilt paint can bring shimmer and elegance to a formal dining room or a luxurious bedroom retreat. If you choose this style of decorative ceiling, be sure the other elements in the room are just as sumptuous, such as silk, brocade or velvet draperies and upholstery.
Take a look at the ceilings in your home. Are they simply drab, boring expanses of white? Do they have unsightly stains or popcorn texture from another decade? If so, you can transform the look of your rooms by adding ceiling panels that turn a boring ceiling into a decorative ceiling that can become the focal point of the room!
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