Perfect ceiling: materials and 6 trim options

From what you can make the ceiling in the room, what type and design of the ceiling would be appropriate in the bathroom, children's room or in the living room must be decided in advance. Until recently, the maximum that could be done with the ceiling is to paint or whiten. And now for the decoration of the ceiling surface, you can use a variety of materials, suspended or tension structures, glue them with wallpaper, cloth, special tiles or use stained glass, mirrors and even metal plates. So how to choose the material for the ceiling of the bathroom, living room, kitchen or bedroom?

How do finishing works begin

In order not to get lost in conjectures and assumptions, first of all you need to make a design of the design of the room in general, and the ceiling in particular. You can make a sketch to more clearly represent the shape and basic design elements. This visualization will also help to more clearly imagine what color and shade will best suit and emphasize the design of the children's room, bathroom, hallway or living room.

For multi-level ceilings, a clear scheme is needed in order to properly position the entire structure and provide lighting.

The advantages and disadvantages of different finishes

The choice of a way of registration of a ceiling entirely depends on your imagination and opportunities. Any design decisions, no matter how bold they are, will perfectly complement the overall interior of the nursery, bathroom or hallway, if you stick to the basic design style and take into account the functional features of the room.

When choosing a way to finish the ceiling, also consider the complexity of the work, the total cost of the finishing work and the performance characteristics of the selected material.


The traditional way of finishing the ceiling is its whitewashing, when the surface is covered with a special solution of chalk or lime. As a result, a white ceiling is obtained if no color is added to the solution, which is absolutely suitable for any stylistic interior solution. Which color of the whitewashed ceiling should be preferred, the saturation of the shade can be decided during the work, perhaps for the nursery there will be a better brighter shade, and for the bathroom it is snow white. The main advantage of this type of design is the low cost of the material and the minimum cost of finishing work. For whitewashing the ceiling there is no need to invite a specialist, the work can be done independently.

This method has many disadvantages. First, it is a small service life - less than 2 years. Secondly, the complex preparatory work - the surface must be leveled and plastered. As a result, you need to get a uniform surface, for which the solution is applied very densely, in several layers. What is already talking about intolerance to water - any evaporation leads to a loss of appearance.

Bleached ceilings look familiar in the kitchen or bathroom. But precisely because of the increased humidity and high temperatures, whitewashing on the ceilings will quickly lose its appeal.

In the kitchen, such a ceiling will quickly turn yellow from an abundance of fumes and absorb all odors. In the bathroom, excess moisture will lead to the formation of wet stains, dampness and mildew. Whatever style of interior is used for a child’s room or bedroom, a bright, whitewashed ceiling will always be relevant and relevant.


The most popular method of finishing the premises of a house or apartment, whether it be the ceiling in the nursery or bedroom. Allows you to embody a variety of design solutions, to combine different colors to highlight or emphasize the area in the room or interior features. On the technological side, whitening and painting of ceilings is the same. But it is much easier to care for the painted surface.

The disadvantages of painting the ceiling can also be attributed to the short lifetime, complex preparatory work and the possibility of the formation of cracks and chips on the painted surface.

For rooms with unstable temperature conditions and an excess of moisture - the same kitchen and bathroom, it is better to paint the ceiling. Since both the kitchen and the bathroom are often not too noticeable and the unevenness of the ceiling is too noticeable, the preliminary alignment can be avoided. And all the irregularities are hidden behind the original painting. But for children painted ceiling is most preferable - if necessary, it can be washed.

In the children's room, bedroom and living room you can make a combined decoration of the ceiling. Part of the surface to make a suspended ceiling of plasterboard, and the rest of the space painted in solid color. What will be the ceiling in these rooms - you decide, but completely paint it in one color is not worth it. Whatever the idea, the living room is always a spacious room. Use fantasy, decorate the ceiling with bright colors, rich drawings or paintings. In the bedroom, you can use pastel shades and create a sophisticated design. And what plot for the design of a nursery can be thought up using the rainbow-colored ceiling or creating magical figures above the bed of your child!


The use of wallpaper for ceiling decoration is an original way to decorate the interior of a room. There is no special type of wallpaper for pasting the ceiling. Therefore, it is recommended that paper versions use thicker wallpapers in light or beige colors. The ideal option would be non-woven wallpaper for painting, then you can change the design of the room without plywood ceiling and it is very convenient for the children's room.

This option is cost-effective finishing, as the cost of wallpaper is low, and besides the glue and roller for the work you no longer need anything.

Of the shortcomings, the main thing is the difficulty of doing the work of pasting yourself. You will need at least one partner. In addition, the life of such a material is rather short and in two or three years you will have to re-tap it. And this is not the only negative. For paper wallpaper requires certain conditions of the room - a minimum of moisture, drafts, abundant fumes or strong odors. Before pasting, it is better to make the surface even, otherwise all the irregularities and flaws will be visible. Alternatively, use liquid wallpaper. They are applied to the ceiling in the form of a decorative plaster layer, which means that the surface itself is not necessarily pre-aligned.

Pasting the ceiling wallpaper relevant for living rooms. But for the bathroom and kitchen this option should not be used. And the month will not pass, as the wallpaper will begin to lag, swell from moisture and eventually disappear completely, but in the nursery they will be quite appropriate.

For the bedroom and children's room, use wallpaper with a neutral pattern. And for the living room fit silk wallpaper in bright colors with the original pattern.

Ceiling tiles

Glue way to design the ceiling with special tiles made of PVC or polystyrene until recently was the most popular. Varied in shape, embossed or with a glossy surface, in various color variations, the ceiling tiles conquered more than one heart and the ceiling of the consumer's home.

For pasting tiles do not need to specifically align the surface. Due to their volume and relief, they will hide all the flaws and visually make the ceiling smooth.

The weight of the tile is very small, and a minimum amount of glue is used for gluing, so you can handle the gluing yourself. The cost of the material is low and easy to care for tiles.

The disadvantages include the dislike of the material to direct sunlight, because of them the tile quickly loses its color. In addition, it is impossible to hide communications and wires under such tiles. If desired, ceiling tiles can be painted in different colors and this is a good option for a child's room. This type of design can be done in any room, even in the bathroom and kitchen. The simplicity of the material and ease of care contributed to its popularization.

Suspended structures

One of the most popular types is a suspended ceiling. For it, you can use panels of plasterboard, PVC or wood-based materials, it is quite rare to use a tile with a smooth surface or wall paneling.

This type of finish is ideal for an apartment, private house or office space. Does not require pre-leveling surface.

Suspended ceiling involves the use of any decorative material, which is installed on the structure of metal. You can not only hide all communications and wires, but also create an extra lighting in the room in an original way. The basis of the suspended ceiling is the construction of the metal profile itself, and the material must be selected to suit the specifics of the room. For example, for the living room often use decorative plates made of wood materials. Such a ceiling design will emphasize the classic interior, especially if noble wood furniture prevails in the living room.

Drywall. Using this material, you can create different in complexity and functionality of the structure with smooth shapes and circles, in several stages and tiers. The main advantage of the suspended plasterboard ceiling is the low cost of the material and ease of installation of the slabs. The main disadvantage is that it is impossible to create a complex form or a multi-tiered structure; only an invited specialist will solve the problem.

Metal plates or cassettes. The material resembles ceiling tiles - it can be with a smooth or embossed outside, monophonic or painted in different tones. It is simple to care for a suspended cassette ceiling - the plates are easily removed and wiped with a damp cloth. Easy tolerates temperature drops and high humidity. The specific weight of cassette elements is light, despite the fact that they are made from an alloy of various metals. The main disadvantages are the high cost and low level of sound insulation.

Rack plates. For suspended rail ceiling most often used plates made of aluminum or steel. Due to its elongated shape, such a ceiling is recommended to be used for small spaces in order to visually enlarge a room. The material is lightweight, easy to install, as well as care. Color variations and various reliefs on the surface of the plates harmoniously fit into any interior and complement it. The main drawback of the slatted ceiling is too thin plates. Over time, under the influence of various factors, they can be deformed. Since the rack plates are very long, access to communications, which the ceiling structure conceals, is difficult.

Stretch ceiling

The most expensive option is still stretch ceilings. Their design, shape and design vary in complexity and performance. Tiered structures, in the form of a tent or arches, with artistic painting or photo printing - it all depends on your capabilities and imagination. If the suspended ceiling can still be installed independently, then the tension structures need a specialist and knowledge of the characteristics of the material with which to work. In addition, to care for such a ceiling is somewhat more difficult.

Due to the quality characteristics, suspended ceilings are the most profitable way to design. They are not afraid of moisture and fire, waterproof and very durable. They can be used for any type of room.

High price and complex installation work - the main disadvantages of the stretch ceiling. Due to extreme cold, the stretch material loses its elasticity and can break. And because of the intense heat, the fabric is too stretched and sags.

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