Ceiling design ideas | alternatives to boring drywall ceilings

Ceiling design ideas | alternatives to boring drywall ceilings

6 ceiling design ideas

Older buildings often have simple ceilings with minimal design features, they are typically drywall or plaster, flat, and usually painted white. To add visual interest and acoustic performance to an older space, consider a ceiling refresh by installing a drop ceiling or directly attaching acoustic panels in a modern, open ceiling design.

What to consider when designing a ceiling

There are many factors to consider when designing a ceiling, and the best solution will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the space. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you plan your ceiling renovation:

• Functionality: What are the functional requirements for the space? Look at compliance and codes for fire-rated ceiling tiles, acoustical specifications, and any other performance features your space may need. You can find a full list of Armstrong ceiling tile performance features in our how-to guide, how to choose the right ceiling for your space.

• Aesthetics: What kind of ceiling will complement your style? Do you want a bold and dramatic ceiling or something more subtle and understated? Check out 4 specialty commercial ceiling renovation ideas for new ideas.

• Maintenance: How easy will it be to maintain the ceiling? For general cleaning and disinfecting information visit our how to clean and disinfect ceiling tiles guide

• Cost: What is the budget for your ceiling renovation and what are your options within that budget? Use our estimation page as a helpful guide to start your planning.

Here are 6 stylish alternatives to conventional, boring drywall ceilings that will inspire you to update your space without the hassle of a full ceiling replacement.

1. Cover your ceiling

Armstrong CIRRUS, Tech Black, ceiling tiles with AXIOM Perimeter Trim

Armstrong CIRRUS, Tech Black, ceiling tiles with AXIOM Perimeter Trim

If you’re looking for a classic, clean look consider CIRRUS ceiling tiles. CIRRUS tiles are easily installed in a drop ceiling grid and are available in a variety of edge profiles, sizes, and colors. The medium-textured tiles are a great option because they deliver a finished look while offering excellent sound absorption and sound blocking to control noise and reverberations throughout large, open rooms, like cafeterias and open dining spaces.

 

2. Add old-world charm

Armstrong TINCRAFT, White, direct attach ceiling tiles

Armstrong TINCRAFT, White, direct attach ceiling tiles

Want to add character and hand-crafted charm to your small business or home? Try TINCRAFT ceiling tiles and deliver old-world design without the weight and labor-intensive installation of plaster or tin tile ceilings. 

Learn more about tin looks for commercial and residential installations in sophisticated style with faux tin ceiling tiles.

 

3. Noise reduction in open spaces

Armstrong INVISACOUSTICS, Unfinished - Field Paintable, Direct Attach ceiling panels

Armstrong INVISACOUSTICS, Unfinished - Field Paintable, Direct Attach ceiling panels


The noise level in a large, open space can quickly become overwhelming. When you install
INVISACOUSTICS ceiling panels you’ll reduce noise while keeping the look and feel of your exposed structure. INVISACOUSTICS ceiling panels are available in White, Tech Black, and even have an unfinished option that you can paint to match your decor.

 

4. Keep it simple and save

ARMSTRONG FINE FISSURED Second Look, Pattern II ceiling tiles

ARMSTRONG FINE FISSURED Second Look, Pattern II ceiling tiles

Have a few spaces throughout your building to update but need to do that slowly? Deliver design and stay on budget with
FINE FISSURED Second Look ceiling tiles. The look fits a wide range of aesthetics and helps to reduce noise without breaking the bank.

 

5. Breathe easier

CALLA Health Zone AirAssure, White ceiling tiles

CALLA Health Zone AirAssure, White ceiling tiles

Designing with health in mind is easy with CALLA Health Zone AirAssure ceiling tiles. As a boring ceiling alternative, they are perfect for health care facilities due to their easy to clean surface that is disinfectable with EPA-approved cleaners. They feature gasketed edges that reduce air leakage through the ceiling, as well as noise-blocking ability.

 

6. Multi-layered looks

ULTIMA Tegular, White ceiling tiles, with AXIOM Perimeter Trim

ULTIMA Tegular, White ceiling tiles, with AXIOM Perimeter Trim

Ceiling tiles can be suspended in standalone grids to add multiple layers of dimension to a space. Try doing that with a drywall ceiling! ULTIMA Lay-In and Tegular ceiling tiles are available in various sizes and edge profiles to fit your design dreams. Cloud-like shapes of ceiling tiles are a great way to designate different areas in larger spaces.

Find stylish alternatives to boring drywall ceilings

It’s easy to find a stylish alternative to flat, boring drywall ceilings for your commercial space or your home when you shop online with Kanopi by Armstrong. Browse a wide selection of ceiling tiles and find the perfect combination of acoustic performance, sustainability, durability, and fire-rated tiles.

FAQ's

What are some popular ceiling design trends?

Ceiling design trends include keeping Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), energy efficiency, and acoustics at the forefront of planning. Design options are unlimited with various ceiling and wall products available in multiple colors, sizes, and installation methods. Mix products to create a unique space that performs for your specific needs.

Are there budget-friendly options for enhancing ceiling design?

We know that staying on budget is critical and we’re here to help with high-quality, low-cost ceiling materials for large commercial spaces. When shopping online with Kanopi by Armstrong you can sort by price to review all the options within your budget.

Can ceiling design help with acoustics or soundproofing?

Ceiling materials with excellent sound-absorbing (NRC) and sound-blocking (CAC) ratings can contribute to your goal of soundproofing. Learn more in the Kanopi blog post, how to soundproof a ceiling between floors.

Recently viewed

What are you looking for?

Cart summary

Added!

away from FREE shipping!

Add XX more carton to qualify

Test Product

carton away from

Add XX more carton to qualify

Test Product

Your cart is empty

Product(s) sold & shipped by

Cooledge Lighting

Spacekit