A ceiling has the ability to completely change the look and feel of any room. If you choose the right ceiling then you can make a room appear brighter, larger and even more comfortable just by changing the style of the ceiling. There are so many different ceiling styles and finishes available that it can often be a hard task to know what's what. This article takes a look at some of the most popular ceiling styles available.
The ceiling style refers to the overall shape of the ceiling. If you are looking to change the style of your ceiling then it may often include a more advanced design and construction process compared to when you simply just change the finish of your ceiling.
A conventional ceiling is typically 2.40 metres in height, although this figure can change depending on what country you reside in. A conventional ceiling is normally made out of drywall or plaster.
A suspended ceiling refers to a flat built ceiling which is constructed underneath an existing ceiling. They can be used to create a different finish on the ceiling without having to replace the existing ceiling.
A cathedral ceiling features a sloping roof much like the interior of a cathedral. Shed ceilings are similar to cathedral ceilings except for the fact that only one side of the roof is sloped. Vaulted ceilings are typically high and feature a dramatic slope or arch which creates a beautiful focal point in any room.
Tray ceilings get their name because they look like an upside down tray, that is they are flat with slightly sloping edges. Coved ceilings are similar to tray ceilings except they have rounded corners around the edges.
The finish of a ceiling can instantly change the appearance of a room. Plaster is often used to finish a ceiling. The plaster can then be styled with certain tools, or mixed with other materials to create different effects on the ceiling.
Sand face plaster is a type of cement mortar which is mixed to a 1:4 sand/cement ratio. After the first application a second coat is applied but this time using a 1:3 ratio to create a sandy look and feel to the ceiling.
Rough cast plaster is when sand and gravel is roughly splattered onto wet cement plaster which has already been applied to the ceiling. The result is a rustic look and feel to your ceiling.
Pebbled dash plaster is made in the same way as rough cast plaster but instead of using gravel and sand it uses 6mm sized pebbles.
Drywall is when gypsum board is used on a ceiling area. The boards have a number of benefits over plaster, including the fact that they are easier to apply, and that they are available in a large range of shapes and styles. These boards can also be made to be fire-proofed, soundproofed and mould resistant. Some popular dry board finishes include skim coating, mud swirls, popcorn ceiling textures and plaster stenciling.