HOME OFFICE CEILING IDEAS
Working from home has never been more accessible and convenient. Technology means that you can work remotely without leaving the comfort of your own four walls, and you can design these walls to ensure that you have the best environment possible to be as productive as you can be. A home office needs to be outfitted with all the right furniture and equipment and, at the very least, be distinctly separate from the house to draw a line between your work and home life. The necessary set-up and decorations for a new (or old) home office, however, usually distracts from an important fifth wall: the ceiling.
Consider some of these points when thinking about your home office ceiling design.
Home office ceilings may not be the utmost priority, but it has an understated importance in shaping the ambiance of the office so that you feel both at home, relaxed and still motivated to work. Many forget that it isn’t just lighting, posters, tables and chairs that contribute to the ergonomics of an office space. While you may have the chance now to escape the eye-ache of fluorescent lighting and the cramped feeling of sitting at a cubicle, ceilings elevate a space and make it seem more expansive. It can also help bring in light, or give the illusion of natural light, if you decide to have a stretch ceiling home office. Take advantage of having a home office and transform it into a contemporary space that’s right for you.
Setting the Mood
Home office ceiling designs must match the overall aesthetic and vibe of the rest of the room. It can be as creative as patterned ceilings or as cohesive as a single colour blocked floor-to-ceiling coat of paint. Both options visually demarcate the office from the rest of the house. Some home office ceiling ideas are wooden beams, which can impart a sense of traditional coziness, or a coffered ceiling to add much-needed dimension to the space. Lighting can be in the squares or rectangles of a geometric, coffered ceiling. Paneling is another option and can look either contemporary or modern, depending on the wood used in the ceiling.
Stretch ceilings can also help ‘set the mood’ as it is more customisable, adding your own personal touch to your work place with 2D- or 3D-printed ceiling home offices, and all its other versatile styles.
Bringing Light into the Office
Proper lighting is vital in a home office, especially to ease the strain on your eyes. Lighting can be recessed to While the most obvious solution is to buy a desk lamp or change the lighting, it’s also important to note that natural light remains the best choice when it’s available, as it’s free of charge from utility bills.
The reflective surface of glossy stretch ceilings can help increase the amount of light throughout the room, both from natural sources and from the lighting you choose to have. It also comes in matte, satin, transparent and metallic. For any surface, you can have a printed ceiling home office.
Additionally, it can be outfitted with backlit lighting to help ease the hassle of choosing lighting fixtures for the room. This surface emits about 75% of the light behind it, ensuring that you have enough light during dim days and in the late afternoons, supplemented by any desk lamps you choose to have at night.
Stretch Ceiling Benefits
If you’re looking for a spot of peace to focus on your work, stretch ceilings and other drop-out ceilings tend to be highly noise-absorbent. Whether you’re rocking out to tunes to get into the work mood or simply working in silence, drop-out ceilings are designed to create this natural ambiance without making the lack of sound too deafening. Instead, the design, make and material of drop-out ceilings can give you the auditory balance between personal and professional life in a space that you can make entirely your own.
Maintenance and Installation
Drywall is a common material for ceilings due to its cheap price and supposedly easy installation. However, it can come with problems that you might not want to address when you’re sitting at your desk. Inspecting the ceiling for cracking, moulding, bowing or staining shouldn’t be the first concern when stepping into your home office. Tiles can seem too sterile, and replacing ceilings entirely can take more time, effort and expenses than drop-out ceilings.
Stretch ceiling is an equally affordable and cost-effective alternative to drywall. Its easy installation requires stretching a PVC-based membrane from one corner of the ceiling to another and ensuring that it’s secure. The installation process may also involve cutting the membrane to fit any other ceiling fixtures you want to keep, such as hanging fixtures – fans, lights, and the like – but without any detriment to the stretch ceiling itself. Its anti-microbial and waterproof surface is functional, aesthetically-pleasing, and gives the illusion of higher ceilings and bigger spaces.
Stretch ceilings may be a relatively ‘new’ option in North America, but its 40-year widespread use in Europe speaks for its durability and versatility, even being referred to as ‘European stretch ceilings’.
In Canada, companies like Laqfoil are bringing it to public attention in recent years.
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 Laqfoil for more information and to get more out of a stretch ceiling home office.