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Traditionally, when we look for a new house or think of our dream home, the first thing we think of is space and hope for an abundance of it. Often, this includes wide floor plans, ample outdoor or balcony area, and, of course, high ceilings.
The idea of a never-ending tall high ceiling feels like a long-forgotten architectural gem to be found only in older heritage homes, as in newer constructions and modern designs, the ceilings in today homes are slightly lower than their ancestors. This is partly due to the user of false ceiling designs. However, we think not all is lost and here is why.
Primarily designed for concealment, a false ceiling is a neat solution for housing away all the electric work that goes into your fixtures and fittings. From the lighting and air-conditioners in the living room to the geyser, pressure pump and pipes in the bathroom, the latest false ceiling designs leave all the handwork backstage, revealing only the comforts of modern housing technology.
So, whether you’re planning for a new home or deciding where to begin with in that much-needed home renovation, we have compiled for you the 12 false ceiling ideas that can work in any space and for every budget.
1. USE FALSE CEILING DESIGN TO GET CREATIVE WITH LIGHT-PLACEMENT
Even a simple white false ceiling can add visual intrigue to a room with a hint of creative detailing. The swirls inserted in this living room false ceiling design create space for light fixtures across the whole ceiling.
INSIDER’S EYE: We love how the swirls on the ceiling complement the waves of the ocean visible through the window, making this a unique design idea for a house by the sea.
Image courtesy, Myconian Kyma
Image courtesy, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
2. A FALSE CEILING DESIGN FOR AN ART INSTALLATION
A collage of these wood panels placed in an uneven geometric mix creates an artful installation on the ceiling in an unexpected way. If you have a lot of panelled detailing in a living room design, this is the latest false ceiling design to pair with your décor.
3. FALSE CEILING DESIGN TO HIGHLIGHT ROOM AREAS
Moving on from the living and bedroom, a false ceiling can be incorporated in any other space in a home. In this luxury bathroom, the design of the decadent jacuzzi bathtub is highlighted with the false ceiling immediately above it, adding visual drama to the space.
STYLE TIP: The mix of materials on the floor (such as ceramic tiles) and on the ceiling (wooden tiles) gives the entire room a rich yet muted earthy aesthetic.
Image courtesy, Alila Fort Bishangarh
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4. A SIMPLE FALSE CEILING DESIGN WITH A GEOMETRIC APPEAL
Although usually no one would give much thought to a plain white false ceiling design, the commercial space in the photo manages to create a perfectly balanced linear pattern across the room with simple and clean lines. These straight parallels lines pair well with the rest of the geometric elements in the space — from the lighting to the shapes indented on the mirror — giving a tasteful geometric appeal to the whole space.
5. PLAN A FALSE CEILING DESIGN WITH THE HELP OF YOUR PLANTS
Despite the floor area not being very spacious in this bohemian space, the addition of plants makes it light and airy. If you have not much real estate available to you, adding pots and planters, parallel wooden or bamboo poles all lined up across the ceiling allows vines and creepers to grow beautifully and become part of your interior décor.
PRO TIP: While vines such as money plants or bougainvilleas will thrive in this false ceiling design, they tend to overgrow and become uncontrollable at a rapid pace. We recommend this style tip for an outdoor area or shaded patio in an Indian home.
Photography by Pulkit Sehgal
Image courtesy, Photographix for Neha Kachhara Interiors
6. THE BEST FALSE CEILING DESIGNS MATCH THE MOULDINGS ON YOUR WALL
If you’re planning on placing a false ceiling design in a main hall, it’s important to give a neat finish and aesthetic to the space. Were you lucky enough to have mouldings on your wall, possibly in simple linear patterns that can easily be recreated, consider reproducing the same style on the edges of your false ceiling, too. This will add symmetry and continuity to the space ensuring a tasteful ambience.
7. A FALSE CEILING DESIGN FOR THAT ETHNIC LOOK
This Indian home shows several quintessentially Indian design elements: from the woven rug to the carved wooden tables. If paired with a conventional false ceiling design—not usually found in a traditional Indian home—the entire room’s design palette would be thrown off. However, with the intricate mirror jaali designs on the ceiling, the room harmoniously comes together as a well-thought-out space.
Image courtesy, FADD Studio
8. A FALSE CEILING DESIGN FOR A BOLD STATEMENT
What’s the latest false ceiling design trend? Concrete! While we’ve seen the emergence of raw concrete walls and floors over the past few years, extending this style element to your false ceiling design creates a bold statement in any room.
STYLE TIP: When working with a bare concrete false ceiling design, stick to a muted or earthy colour palette within the room for a wabi-sabi aesthetic.
9. BREAK THE RULES WITH YOUR FALSE CEILING DESIGN
Wood panelling is only meant for the floor. WRONG! One of the best things about decorating a space is infusing your personal style in the room; and sometimes that calls for breaking the rules. While, conventionally, we think of restricting ourselves to wood panelling on the floors—and occasionally on the walls—we rarely see it on the ceiling. In this semi-open room, we see a break from tradition with colour on the epoxy floors paired with solid dark wood on the ceiling above.
INSIDER’S EYE: To break the monotony of the single tone of wood, sections of red have been added within the panels to further inject colour within the space.
Image courtesy, Dipen Gada
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10. HIDE AWAY ALL YOUR WIRING IN A FALSE CEILING DESIGN
A false ceiling is meant to conceal all your wiring and electric work. But, what happens if you have a natural ceiling where, over time, messy wires and wall fixtures have left you with the need to renovate but you lack the budget or time? A quick fix for this is a slatted wooden frame that can be fitted right under your existing ceiling. Through this, you can pull out your light fixtures, fans, and any other electric fittings, just enough to leave visible what’s meant to be seen, and keep the rest hidden.
11. A FASLE CEILING DESIGN CAN MATCH YOUR FLOORING
In house area that requires seriousness, such as a study or a home office, you could match the wood panelling on your floors with the false ceiling design to create a richer décor aesthetic. With this style direction, keep the walls as bare as possible to avoid cramping up the space.
STYLE TIP: On the flip side, you could even pair lighter, distressed wood on the floors and ceiling for a room that requires a bright and airy revamp!
Photography by Pulkit Sehgal
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12. FALSE CEILING DESIGN MATCHING ELEMENTS ALREADY IN THE ROOM
In this architecturally intriguing living space, the linear pattern on the windows are paired perfectly with the similarly symmetric beams for the main hall false ceiling design. To avoid a boring repetition, the window pattern is in dark black while the beams blend in with the same colour of the false ceiling design.
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