The neatest way to make a stylish Indian drawing room
The key to comfort in most contemporary homes is the latest modern technology. However, this always comes with an army of wiring, electrical fittings and other messier, visually unappealing bits. In most modern homes in urban India, newer constructions and designs take into account these modern amenities. This has created the false ceiling design—a slightly lower but more practical ceiling design which helps create a neater, more stylish home.
Designed for concealing, a false ceiling design for the drawing room is a neat solution for housing all the electric work that supports a home’s fixtures and fittings. From the light fittings to air-conditioning ducts in the living room, the best false ceiling design for the drawing room conceals all the unsightly stuff within it, revealing only the comforts of modern technology in a room.
There are multiple ways to design and build the latest false ceiling designs for a drawing room, with plenty of inspiration and ideas available online. But how does one choose the right one for their home? If you’re not sure where to begin, try a consultation with the Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints. With a panel of expert designers and a dedicated project manager always close at hand each step of the way, you can look forward to a fuss-free solution for finding the best designs for every room in the house.
If you’re looking for a simple false ceiling design for a drawing room or wondering what are the latest false ceiling designs that work for your home, here’s a handy false ceiling design guide for your drawing room that can work in any space and every budget.
While it’s common to see wood panelling on the floors and even the walls, it also works beautifully on the ceiling. Breaking from conventional design, this contemporary Indian living room displays a modern false ceiling design for the drawing room with slats of wood panels concealing all the electric wiring for the light fixtures and air conditioning ducts.
PRO TIP: The key to stylish modern interior designs is uniformity, and in this modern living room we see a similar colour palette used across all the materials. The Italian marble on the floor perfectly echoes the stain of the wood in the false ceiling design above. The rest of the décor is also chosen in similar warm brown tones.
Get creative with placing lights in your false ceiling design. Even a simple white false ceiling can add visual intrigue to a room with a hint of creative detailing. The swirl inset in this POP down ceiling design for a drawing room creates a space for light fixtures across the breadth of the space.
INSIDER’S EYE: We love how the swirls on the ceiling complement the waves of the ocean seen through the window, making this a unique design idea for a home overlooking the sea.
A false ceiling is meant to conceal all the wiring and electric work required to run a room. Since we face hot tropical weather for a large part of the year in most cities across the country, a single room may require more than one fan on the ceiling. A false ceiling design will be required for a drawing room with two fans to conceal all the additional wiring and fittings required for them.
STYLE TIP: For rooms with multiple fittings on the ceiling such as this drawing room which has an elaborate chandelier, two fans and recessed lights spotlights, try designing a simple false ceiling design. This will serve as a clean neat canvas for all the other elaborate fittings within the ceiling, not drawing any attention away from them.
Also known as caisson ceilings, plafond à caissons or cross-beamed ceilings, a coffered ceiling comprises a group of sunken panels that can be designed in any shape. An age-old technique of interior design, this type of ceiling was once upon a time made solely out of stone. Today, these classic coffers can be found in heritage homes, churches and libraries. Built with coffered panels that are attached to a suspended grid to create a new false ceiling, a deep coffer in a spacious room makes it look grand and stately. However, a more shallow one works better for opening up smaller spaces.
EXPERT EYE: To make a room feel more open, uniform and contemporary, paint an entire space in one colour—from the walls and mouldings to the ceiling.
A form of indirect lights, cove lights are built into ledges or recesses within a false ceiling or high on the walls of a room. Their aim is to provide overall diffused lighting as they direct light up towards the ceiling or down the adjacent walls. If you’d like to highlight a decorative false ceiling drawing room design or add depth to the tops of the walls, modern cove lights ceiling designs are your best bet. Since they are concealed, cove lights are usually strips (either LED or fluorescent), in the form of a rope or a strip.
EXPERT TIP: To achieve the right ambient lighting with cove lights, stay away from bulbs that are too fluorescent. Warm white works best to create a cosy haven, while dimmers come in handy when the light feels too bright.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a heritage home with tall ceilings and exposed wooden beams, building a false ceiling design to showcase this will make any room look unique and eye-catching. Designed to draw the eye up to the ceiling to make a space feel larger, a false ceiling design can be built around the wooden rafters by creating a tasteful or geometric pattern with mouldings. These can also be made from materials such as wood, steel or iron. When styling the drawing room design around it, pair other elements in the room with the material used for the mouldings.
INSIDER’S EYE: In this open and airy room design, we see the doors, windows and false ceiling mouldings made from the same wood.
In this stylish, uniquely designed drawing room, the sinuous pattern on the wall mirror is paired perfectly with the similarly curved POP ceiling design for the drawing room. While a set of statement pendant lights hang from it, to avoid overkill, the false ceiling in this drawing room is painted in a simple shade of white.
Once you’ve designed the best false ceiling design for the drawing room, you’ll need the right décor pieces to tie the entire space together. For unique, well-designed pieces and furnishings to pair with modern false ceiling designs for the drawing room, step into an AP Homes store in your city. With a curation of products and solutions from a family of brands, AP Homes is your one-stop shop to create a home or space that tells your unique story. Whether you’re looking to quickly spruce up a room with a few décor updates or undertake an entire renovation, AP Homes houses everything from furniture and furnishings to fixtures and home automation solutions.
If you’re trying to find the right hue for a modern false ceiling design for the drawing room, but aren’t sure what it will look like in your home, first order a colour catalogue from Asian Paints to physically view a range of shade cards around the light in a space. Sometimes, you could pick a striking shade for the false ceiling design, but not find a similarly unique or complementing colour for the walls. If a shade of paint doesn’t do the trick, consider creating a panel on a wall with wallpaper. For a different aesthetic, you can play around with textures, prints and patterns with a range of Nilaya wall coverings by Asian Paints—our go-to most-trusted brand. You could even bring in a designer twist with wallpapers by fashion designer Sabyasachi or home décor label Good Earth, or choose the Wallpaper of the year, Lotus and Stilts.
If you’re planning on designing a POP false ceiling design for the drawing room (with plaster of Paris), it’s important to ensure that it adds a neat finish and aesthetic to the space. If the walls have mouldings in simple linear patterns that can easily be recreated, consider continuing this style within the design of false ceiling for the drawing room, too. This will add symmetry and continuity to the space creating a tasteful ambience.