LIVENING UP THE LIVING ROOM CEILING
Living rooms and family rooms can be difficult to define and distinguish. Typically, family rooms are informal gathering places where the family can spend time watching TV or simply enjoying each other’s company. For those who have space, they may have a separate living room, used for welcoming and entertaining guests without the distraction and noise of modern appliances, and instead putting on display decor and other furniture choices. It can set the ‘vibe’ for the rest of the house before guests are introduced to the surrounding space, and is a great gathering area for short visits, for lounging or, sometimes, for sleeping, as an area that can be quieter than the rest of the house.
While furniture, art and other installations can be the focal point of the room, the walls and the ceiling can be just as important in setting the mood. It doesn’t always have to be modern nor does it have to be traditional. Living room ceiling designs can range from a variety of options that you allow yourself to have.
Here are a few points to keep in mind when thinking about the next ceiling ideas for living room renovations.
Living room ceiling ideas
When choosing your living room ceiling, consider the furniture, art or design you already have in place. Try to determine the theme that you went for and stick to it. Some furniture might be replaced, put in storage or placed in other, more appropriate areas of the space. Artwork can also be moved fairly easily, along with other accouterments along the walls. The ceiling and walls should also match or complement each other.
This means that, when looking up at the ceiling, it should not give a feeling of dissonance, but cohesion. The ceiling is just as important as the walls in tying the room together and making it appear more spacious, and this is particularly vital if there are pieces of furniture or art that seem to ‘swallow’ the space and make it smaller and more cramped. A good ceiling matches the vibe and ties the aesthetic of the living room together, and a great ceiling achieves this while heightening the room and elevating it beyond its original style.
Printed ceiling living rooms can be another way to tie the theme of the room together. This can be achieved through a wallpaper or the more long-lasting printed stretch ceiling.
Lighting and Mood
Ceiling design ideas for living rooms don’t have to completely change the living room fittings, but there are a few key ways to further provide the illusion of space and height to the space. Low ceilings can contribute to a cramped feeling in the room, making the living room less welcoming and accommodating. If a low ceiling is dark in colour or has hanging lighting fixtures, it might then lead to ceiling height degradation. Recessed lights and brighter ceilings tend to make the ceilings higher or, at the very least, create more overhead space.
Both can be achieved through stretch ceilings. Stretch ceilings can come in different textures and can be backlit. Stretch ceilings can also be cut around the recessed light fixtures you already have. If you choose to have a reflective or glossy stretch ceiling surface, this can ensure that both natural and artificial light is reflected evenly throughout the room. There can be up to 75% transmission of light for backlit stretch ceilings, depending on the texture of the stretch ceiling, due to the perforated surface of a PVC-based stretch ceiling. If a printed ceiling living room has backlit lighting, the design can be further highlighted without worrying about the print itself and how other kinds of lighting can affect the ceiling design for the living room.
Ceiling design ideas for living rooms also have to consider installation and durability of the ceiling. Stretch ceilings are a kind of suspended ceiling that lie above the original surface. Instead of using bolts, stretch ceilings are securely tucked in the junction between the wall and the ceiling. The PVC-based membrane is unlike normal PVCs – it is fully recyclable and, instead of being hard, can be stretched and moulded into different shapes, creating 3D stretch ceilings. Its perforated surface allows light to filter through it. Additionally, after it has been set, you need not worry about maintenance, as its anti-allergy, bacterial-resistant surface ensures that there can be no mould growth. It is also resistant to cracking and bowing, potentially lasting for as long as you want to have the suspended ceiling.
Unlike drywall and other ceiling ideas, a stretch ceiling for living rooms does not have to fully remove the existing surface. This eliminates the need to completely and fully renovate the ceiling for the living room. Stretch ceiling for living rooms can also be cut around any existing light fixtures.
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, installing a new living room ceiling 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 your ceiling design for living rooms with stretch ceilings.