False Ceilings are important part of interior designing and should be given equal attention as walls, floors or any other area in an interior space. This is particularly true in retail space planning. However, these days false ceiling designs for residential as well as other commercial spaces are getting more creative and fancy. Best and creative interior designers will often use unexpected materials to create beautiful tones and textures to come up with something new which also complements the style and function of the given space.
So, what are the choices available for creating different types of false ceiling designs? This blog explores top 5 types of false ceiling choices and materials that are mostly used by interior professionals today.
1. Gypsum Ceilings
Gypsum is a soft sulphate mineral, chemically known as calcium sulphate Dihydrate. There are two types of gypsum; Natural and Flu-Gas Desulfurization (FDG). Both natural gypsum and FDG gypsum have the same composition. Natural Gypsum occurs in sedimentary rock formations. It is one of the most superior qualities and consistent material. Natural gypsum has adequate whiteness, high purity and it is low in cost, which makes it feasible for the cement industry. Flu-Gas Desulfurization (FDG) gypsum has been used to manufacture gypsum boards for many decades. It is a by-product from fossil-fuelled power plants manufactured into gypsum. FDG production and sales encourages power producers to capture “waste” for reuse.
Gypsum is mostly used in wall and ceiling construction. It is usually used on site in the form of plaster. Although used in all kinds of spaces, gypsum ceiling is most popular in residential as well as hospitality interiors.
Advantages of gypsum ceilings include its ability to give a comfortable, aesthetic ambiance as a construction mineral. Gypsum is also fire resistant in nature due to the presence of water in it which gives this material an edge over other choices as far as fire safety is concerned.
2. Acoustic Ceilings
Acoustic ceilings are made of Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) for sound absorption and Sound Transmission Class (STC) for blocking sound and are used mostly in commercial spaces where noise reduction is an integral part of an interior design. There is a huge variety of acoustical ceiling options. The standard color is white or off-white, however, they can be painted but before you do that it is important to check with the manufacturer’s instructions, just to make sure you don’t lose any of the tile’s sound-dampening qualities.
Apart from its sound absorption qualities, acoustic ceiling panels are cost effective, very easy to install and offer great convenience for maintenance.
3. Wooden Ceilings
Wooden ceilings are not only attractive and unique, but they are also long lasting. However, before choosing a wooden design for your ceiling, take time and choose from several varieties of wood, a good timber species. It is always advisable to use locally available material. Sustainability, cost, and suitability play a huge role and therefore wooden ceilings are quite rare. Wooden ceiling is ideal for long term use where cozy as well as traditional look is desired, mostly advisable for high ceilings in residential and hospitality interiors.
4. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ceilings
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ceilings are the most common types of ceilings today. PVC is largely manufactured plastic that is found in different materials. Some of the advantages of PVC are its affordability, variety, the ease of installation, and it does not need further finishing after installation. The best PVC to use is heavily plasticized PVC, which has been found to be quite safe for long term use.
5. Open/Exposed ceilings
Open ceilings are all the rage in interior design today, especially in offices and other commercial spaces. Also referred to as “exposed structure” or “open plenum” ceilings, open ceiling design lends a hip, industrial look to any space, and increases the height of the room to make it feel more spacious. However, it requires a very careful planning and execution to achieve an uncluttered overhead appearance. Additionally, painting, acoustic and HVAC issues need to be taken into consideration before planning for exposed ceiling look.