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We look at ceilings as a structural requirement, an architectural feature that is functional, without realising the potential they have to make the room come alive. Modern ceiling designs pay attention to this fifth wall and use them to enhance the rooms aesthetic. This large expanse can turn into the perfect canvas for creative design or even design-centric functional elements to conceal wiring and add ambient lighting. From living, dining and kitchen areas to master and kids’ bedrooms to bathrooms, we show you various interior ceiling designs to inspire your next remodel.
Let’s start with a timeless ceiling design – wood panels. Wooden ceilings are now featuring more in modern ceiling designs and can range from classic wood panels to the dramatic statement pieces. The visual texture and finish of wood adds a layer of warmth to the aesthetic.
This elegant space designed by FADD studio is a perfect example of modern ceiling design for living rooms. Darker wood finishes go very well with more traditional settings while light wood is more versatile and pairs with a lot of décor styles. The direction of the slats can play a huge role. By placing the slats parallel to the length of the room, it elongates the visual.
Wooden flooring is no longer the only surface that get to have fun, parquet ceilings are also quite popular. Parquet ceilings, just like flooring can incorporate a multitude of patterns like herringbone (as seen in this image), single or a double basket weave, a chevron design or even a brick layout to enhance the wood ceiling design for the room. Remember to make sure the panels are properly treated before installation to make them fungus and termite resistant and all leakages are repaired properly.
If parquet ceilings aren’t dramatic enough, statement ceiling like the one seen here by Beyond Designs is a maximalist’s dream come true. Adding a contemporary twist to royal interiors, these theatrical modern ceiling designs are replete with gilded accents, carvings and/or mouldings that will elevate your maximal interiors.
An elegant modern ceiling design for bedrooms that works especially well with high ceilings or even to give the illusion of height is a tapered or curved vaulted design.
A simple tray or recessed ceiling design is another timeless architectural feature that is perfect for any room in the house. It works well in bathrooms of any size as it is not overpowering yet adds visual interest. A tray ceiling features a centre section that is several inches - or even several feet - higher than the areas around the perimeter of the room. You can paint the trim or centre as a design feature. Tray ceilings are also great for concealing wiring and adding cove as well as recessed lighting to a dim room.
Take the tray ceiling a step further with this unique multi-level feature. Each ‘step’ conceals soft lighting which elevates the visual. A great modern ceiling design, this would work well in bedrooms, living rooms and above dining areas as well.
Originally used as structural elements, wood rafters are now gaining popularity as an architectural feature as well. Wood rafters or beams add warmth to a plain ceiling in any room of the house but they work especially well in living, dining and kitchen areas. You can place the beams parallel to each other, perpendicular or even forming a grid pattern. Wood rafters are also excellent locations for cove or recessed lights as well as being a great way to conceal wiring. We recommend planning the layout and pattern keeping in mind where you want to place the ambient lights and ceiling fan(s).
Patterns or reliefs on the ceilings bring the romance of royal palaces into our homes. Modern ceiling designs use POP, gypsum or even pre-cut engineered wood to create this opulent aesthetic. A running pattern around the periphery adds a hint of grandeur but you could also go in for tiles, a central anchor or even the entire ceiling to add that vintage drama.
From floor to ceiling, this monochromatic colour and material palette helps to open up the intimate space. Here, the designer has elevated the minimal aesthetic by making use of contemporary arches as an architectural feature for a modern ceiling design.
With the vast array of materials, textures, patterns and colours that wallpapers are available in, it is no longer just for walls. This opens up a myriad of styles for your modern ceiling design for any part of the home. Wallpapered ceilings are an especially fun way to accentuate a modern children’s bedroom ceiling design and a relatively easier option to change as their tastes change over time. Keep in mind all the criteria that applies to wallpapering walls also applies to ceilings. Wallpaper will not adhere well to textured or popcorn ceilings. You also have to make sure the surface is smooth and properly prepped which includes repairing water damage and completely getting rid of leakages. Besides the traditional wallpaper options, you could also consider liquid wallpaper or silk plaster for your ceilings that is made from a textile fibres and cellulofibres, decorative and mineral components and adhesive. Once mixed with water, it is applied to the surface with a trowel thus creating a seamless finish that traditional wallpapers may not afford.
Using exposed concrete as the finish for your walls and flooring has become quite popular but here, we see how it can beautifully work for your interior ceiling design as well. From solid slabs to the rusticity of unpolished concrete, this material can be quite elegant when used on the ceiling. In this image, the dimpled concrete ceiling adds a lot of character to the dining area of this home.
Besides adding elegance to a room, one of the most efficient reasons to install a drop ceiling is to hide electrical wiring and air conditioner ducts. A drop ceiling is a secondary, false ceiling that is hung below the main ceiling. The simple modern kitchen ceiling design seen in this image makes it the perfect way to add a design element that also works to hide pipes, ducts and wiring associated with the lights and chimney. Drop ceilings are ideal for any part of the home including modern small bathroom ceiling design as you can use them to tastefully place cove lighting along the periphery or recessed lights placed flush against the drop ceiling.
The high gloss and ultra-reflective interior ceiling design is quite on trend this year. If you go in for lighter shades, the glossy surface helps reflect ambient light and daylight while darker colours command attention without making the décor gloomy. While a high-gloss finish paint is easier to keep clean, remember that it will accentuate even the tiniest pre-existing surface imperfections.
Lime plaster adds a vintage rusticity to contemporary interiors and is a great deign element for walls and ceilings. This Ahmedabad home features the same lime plaster finish on the walls and ceiling which brings about continuity but with a visual texture that is appealing.
Even the simplest of modern ceiling design can come alive with beautiful touches like hand painted murals. If the other ideas in this article seem too much for your style, an elegant detail like the one seen on this hallway ceiling might be just the right touch for you.
Bold geometry, stripes and arresting patterns are a great way to elevate modern children’s bedroom ceiling design. This is not just about adding patterns to the ceiling but creating a striking visual in the room. This is great for kids’ bedrooms, playrooms and entertainment rooms. In this bedroom, the black and white stripes run from the ceiling down the wall and are complemented by pockets of bright colours. The result is an energetic, fun and vibrant atmosphere.
Coffered ceilings have stood the test of time and are a trendy modern ceiling design even today. A coffered ceiling features a series of recessed panels or indentations, usually in the shape of a rectangular or square grid. This architectural feature gives the illusion of depth. In this bedroom, the coffered ceiling creates various layers that draw the eye upward. The stepped moulding is kept simple with an exquisite light fixture taking centre stage.
Getting creative with your ceiling design can be tricky and need special attention. If you are unsure of how to effectively use this canvas to your best advantage, you will need guidance from design experts and seasoned contractors to execute the details. The experts at Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints will guide you with a plethora of modern ceiling design ideas, styles and materials and you will get the benefit of a panel of designers along with a dedicated project manager to work out each step of the way. You can also peruse the Beautiful Homes online shop or retails stores in various cities for an exceptional range of wallpapers.
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