FALSE CEILING: FOR EVERY HOME AND EVERY STYLE

Nothing must be overlooked when defining a truly well-decorated space. We are not just talking about accent walls and decorative but also the creative architectural aspect.


Gone are the days of completely flat concrete or wooden ceilings. With people seeking to transform their residential or commercial spaces into functional, sophisticated art displays, false ceiling has gained momentum in the interior design hierarchy.



THE NEED FOR FALSE CEILINGS

False ceiling, a secondary ceiling that is suspended from the main ceiling, construes the skies for your rooms. Unless your style leans towards the retro vintage, grungy or industrial aesthetic, you will most likely value false ceilings to conceal those unpleasant exposed electrical wirings and piping.


While there are many reasons to install false ceilings, all of which really depends on your personal preferences and the style within your premise. To list a few:

  1. Cosy Ambience: By lowering a high-ceiling room, it makes for a more intimate living atmosphere. It reduces the heaviness of the whole room, achieving a light floating effect and adding dimension to your space.

  2. Decorative Lighting: Introduces ample overhead lighting, without uncomfortable glares. Whether they are recessed, cove or track lights, it will help your space sparkle and shine. Most homes will use hidden LED strips as general or accent lightings to achieve a layered lighting scheme, which can be switched in respect to the type of task you are engaged in.

  3. Flexibility in Design: Custom built into various shapes and sizes with a smooth finish for painting or laminating. Whilst, there is no need to seek HDB’s approval to install a ceiling, homeowners should be aware of the minimum 2.4m height clearance from the finished floor level.

  4. Enhanced acoustics: Great for comfort, false ceilings have fantastic sound absorption, thus reducing echoes and external noise. Ideal for the study and multipurpose entertainment rooms.

  5. Energy efficient: The air cavities of false ceilings provide natural thermal insulation that helps keep your room cool, optimising your air-conditioner usage and reducing those inflated electrical bills. Furthermore, these designer ceilings can reflect and diffuse light, obviating unnecessary artificial lighting, further minimising energy consumption and monthly expenses.



POPULAR FALSE CEILING MATERIALS

False ceiling can only be durable when quality material is used. It is essential to learn about the various suitable materials before committing to one.


Gypsum Board

Becoming a preferred choice for false ceiling, Gypsum is a hydrated calcium sulphate. It is known for its lightweight, fire-resistant, sound and thermally insulated properties. Gypsum boards are available in prefabricated ready-to-install square boards, which can be assembled on site with the help of metal frameworks, hung on channels and sections. Because of the large sizes, they can cover a large surface area, leaving very few visible joint lines. Additionally, the very smooth factory-produced finish, allows for further enhancement works with paint, laminate or wallpaper giving it texture and a great impression.

Much as it is easy to install and clean, the drywall is cumbersome to repair, as the complete ceiling will have to be broken down. It’s a passage of time before moisture seeps in, which falls prey to fungal growth and eventually loses its structural integrity. As a precaution, we highly advocate rust proof metal frames and moisture-resistant boards for long-term durability.


Plaster of Paris (POP)

Unlike Gypsum boards, Plaster of Paris is a quick-setting gypsum plaster consisting of a fine white powder, which has the flexibility to be moulded and sculpted into any shape, going beyond straight edges. Perfect for custom-created cornice, organic curved and intricate ornamental detailing, the powder is mixed with water, manipulated to the design, and applied to chicken mesh to stay afloat. Since the same material is used for filling joints, the gaps are visually eliminated, creating a nearly flawless appearance.

Although it is a cost-effective alternative, POP mixture must be prepared correctly in the right proportions of POP to water ratio to prevent any cracks and achieve superior quality. Moreover, it demands for skilled and artistic workmanship to handle the design complexity for desired outcomes. Other major concerns in using POP, is the excessive wastage of mixture during the application process and the lengthy drying time before the POP ceiling can installed.

WOOD

Mostly seen in homes to reflect the natural beauty and serenity of the interiors, wooden false ceilings have excellent natural textures and patterns, bestowing a warm and rustic look. Hollow wooden blocks, or wooden panels, or wooden boards are good materials to work with and can be easily installed with screws and nails.