More often than not, we tend to forget about decorating our ceilings. We look at them as an architectural feature that is functional, without realising the potential they have to make the room come alive. Pay attention to this ‘fifth wall’ and you will see just how powerful bedroom ceiling designs can be in shaping the entire look and feel of the space. There are many ways to aesthetically utilize this blank canvas – from paint and murals to wallpaper and even stained glass. When looking for bedroom interior design ideas, don’t forget your ceilings; false ceilings have the ability to completely transform the look of the space.
What is POP?
Before we delve into how you can use POP to add drama to your ceilings, we answer the question of what it is. POP or Plaster of Paris comes as a powder; it is calcium sulphate hemihydrate made from heating gypsum. When mixed with water, it can be moulded into any shape which it retains once it dries. When applied to a mesh and then a metal frame and given enough drying time, POP makes for strong and durable false ceilings that are resistant to cracking. The advantage of POP is that is can take shape into any pattern or design. Read on for some of our favourite POP designs for bedroom false ceilings.
1. When minimal is just right
There’s something so very elegant about a simple recessed false ceiling. Also called a tray ceiling, this bedroom ceiling design features a central section that is a few inches to feet higher than the area running along the perimeter of the room.
Design tip: In this bedroom, instead of the design taking up the entire ceiling, it draws focus to the area around the bed, lending this minimal feature a unique visual.
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2. A touch of timber does the trick
Wood is a wonderful element to bring a sense of warmth into a space. Here, a simple recessed ceiling comes alive with just one simple wood feature running along the periphery.
Design tip: Choose a wood finish that is close to the finish of the wood furniture in the room for visual continuity.
3. Mimicking a vaulted ceiling
Another wonderful bedroom ceiling design idea that works really well with high ceilings or even to give the illusion of height is a tapered or vaulted design. A vaulted ceiling extends up from the side wall towards the centre of the ceiling.
Design tip: Vaulted ceilings can work well with any décor style including a modern aesthetic. The clean, sharp lines of this bedroom ceiling effortlessly blend with the contemporary luxe feel of the space.
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4. Mix and match and layer galore
There’s no need to limit yourself with POP designs for bedroom ceilings. This space features a tray false ceiling with flush mounted panels set within the central area. Both cove and recessed lighting work to illuminate the space and make the ceiling design the focal point.
Design tip: While they have layered quite a few elements into the design, the final result is elegant and subtle by keeping everything a soft, creamy white.
5. Coffered delight
A coffered ceiling features a series of recessed panels, usually in the shape of a rectangular or square grid. This architectural feature gives the illusion of depth.
Design tip: In this bedroom, a coffered detail has been added to a recessed design, creating various layers that draw the eye upward and make the ceiling look higher. The stepped molding is kept simple with an exquisite light fixture taking centre stage.
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6. A symphony of materials
The ceiling steals the show in this minimal bedroom with the POP design made to look like wood panels with a somewhat concrete-like finish. While the rest of the décor is kept subtle, the false ceiling adds visual texture to the space.
Design tip: If your are going darker with your ceiling in a smaller bedroom, keep the rest of the décor minimal with a muted colour palette.
7. Light it up
One of the most efficient reasons to install a drop false ceiling is to hide electrical wiring and hide air conditioner ducts. In this bedroom, the false ceiling not only provides the perfect architectural base for lighting, it also works to completely conceal all wiring.
Design tip: Drop ceilings are the ideal POP design for bedrooms as you can use them to tastefully place cove lighting along the periphery to softly illuminate the room or recessed lights placed flush against the ceiling.
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8. Colour away
On the other hand, you can also use colour to create depth. This tray ceiling is made more dramatic by painting the vertical surfaces soft grey and keeping the top ceiling white. The darker hue deepens the natural shadows, making the ceiling look higher.
Design tip: Whatever colour you choose for your ceiling, pick a darker shade of the same colour for the sides.
9. Beam it up
Another example of layering architectural features, these flush mounted panels have been paired with exposed ceiling beams to form a grid across the entire ceiling.
Design tip: Instead of trying to hide the beams, a false ceiling design like this subtly highlights them. This is a wonderful way to add detailing to exposed beams and turn them into a visually pleasing element.
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10. Go all out with patterns
We’ve saved the best for last with this bedroom ceiling design that features layered elements tastefully combined with cove lighting and a patterned ceiling, finished with a beautiful chandelier. POP can be moulded in any shape, pattern or design, so you are only limited by your imagination.
Design tip: The side wall which features a jaali panel hides the central air conditioning ducts. Plan your false ceiling to not only add visual appeal but also be as functional as possible.
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