FAMILY ROOM CEILING IDEAS
The most central and communal area of any residential building is the family room or the living room. No matter the amount of rooms you may have or the number of family members in the house, the family room is a gathering place for both family members, living companions or visiting guests. Setting the vibe, aesthetic and style for the family room is vital in maintaining this same feel throughout the home and in the memories created in this space.
If you’re thinking about renovating or remodeling your home, here are a few family room ceiling design ideas that can bring fresh life into your space.
Patterned ceilings are rising in popularity as a way to make bold statements, bringing pops of colour and life into living rooms. According to multiple interior designers, if you have the luxury of having a higher ceiling, consider a patterned ceiling. Unfortunately, this might work to the opposite effect for city dwellers, depending on the colour scheme. If the pattern is dark, it might make the space seem smaller and more claustrophobic. A brighter, subtle pattern works well with lower ceilings.
There are many ways to achieve this as well. Paint and wallpaper are popular choices due to their accessibility. Rising further in popularity are printed stretch ceilings for family rooms, which can be both reflective and decorative. It further adds to the height of the ceiling, brightens the room, and frees it, by giving the illusion of having more space than there actually is.
Wooden beams are a viable choice if you want to infuse a cozy, somewhat-traditional feel to the room. This family room ceiling idea can be used in multiple ways as well, such as creating an exposed, open accent to brick walls or as paneling to frame an A-shape. Light-coloured wood brightens up the space and is especially striking if the family room has any access or view to the outdoors. It’s a natural transition from the playfulness of the backyard or front yard to the comfort and security of the interior. Dark wood works well with higher ceilings as they give an eloquent, sophisticated vibe without making the space seem too claustrophobic.
A dropped beam ceiling is another way to approach this family room ceiling design. It’s a good solution for higher ceilings, especially if used in cool, geometric and minimalistic ways, such as spacing them out to expose the underside of the roof.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
If you prefer a more practical and cleaner look, a fresh coat of paint can revitalize the area and enhance the vibe of the family room. A small change can make a big difference, especially in the case of paint. Choose the right coat of paint that goes with the theme of the room. It’s even more bold to extend the paint on the walls to the ceiling and adds a sense of cohesiveness and wholeness to the room. Colour-blocking, according to Jonathan Lo of California-based Happy Mundane, “is an easy way to define a room, not to mention also giving graphic impact”. Having the general colour scheme of the ceiling match the walls gives the same spirit of togetherness that a family room is made to encourage.
Alternatively, combine this with crown molding – the only kind of moulding you’d want to see on your ceiling – for more versatility in terms of aesthetic. It marks the difference between the walls and the ceiling and can be as overt, fancy, casual or stylish as you’d like.
Stretch Family Room Ceilings
Stretch ceilings are a type of drop ceilings – or suspended ceilings – that are attached to the actual surface of the ceiling, removing the hassle of having to destroy the ceiling you already have. Its reflective, durable surface is not only printable, but malleable, letting manufacturers and installers like Laqfoil stretch and fold it into any shape you want to use to bring accents to your living room. If you want a visually-calmer ceiling, it is possible to have simple printed ceiling family rooms or none at all. Better yet, its porous, PVC-based membrane surface allows for backlit lighting. If you prefer to keep your existing lighting fixtures, stretch ceilings can be cut to fit the existing layout of the ceiling, further eliminating or lessening the cost of ceiling renovation.
Noise can also be a problem in family rooms, potentially being the noisiest room in the house by far. Because of this, suspended ceilings – and stretch ceilings, by default – are naturally designed to be able to absorb noise. This means that any parties, gatherings or general rowdiness in the family room can still give the other inhabitants of the house some peace of mind.
Laqfoil is the leading North American manufacturer and installer of stretch ceilings, bringing the product from its European origins to the North American market in 2010, including Canada. Laqfoil has worked in both residential and commercial projects, delivering Canada and US-certified ceilings without the hassle of upkeep and with all the comfort of knowing that this is a worthy – and visually-appealing – investment for your ceiling needs.
With years of knowledge, experience and expertise, family room ceiling ideas for your next renovation can be as easy as meeting with us and discussing prices and installation.
Visit Laqfoilfor more information and to get more out of your family room ceiling design with stretch ceilings.