Ceiling Tiles Ideas for Contractors, Architects, Decorators, and Design Professionals
Don’t Forget the Fifth Wall — Think Decorative Ceiling Tiles!
As you begin to sketch out and plan your projects, many contractors, architects, decorators, and other design professionals give very little thought to room ceilings other than they are useful to conceal electrical, mechanical and other rather unsightly elements necessary to the practical functioning of any space. Yes, a design professional might consider ceiling height options, whether or not to use ceiling molding, and occasionally ponder a few decorative elements such as coffers, soffits, and exposed beams but seldom is the use of decorative ceiling tiles even contemplated. Although historically plasterwork and tin ceiling ornamentation were highly desired and respected design aesthetics throughout Europe and the US, they went out favor during the 1930’s when depression era designers chose to ignore ceiling decorations to cut costs. In the last decade or so, the innate beauty of tin ceiling tiles is finally beginning to regain a following and ceilings are being restored to their original splendor or installed new to add unique and personalized design elements to both commercial and residential installations.
I must admit, it took me a bit to warm up to decorative ceiling tiles but now I look at photographs and cannot imagine the room with plain, unadorned ceilings. In our Ceiling Tile Idea Book I have even posted photos of rooms where the addition of ceiling tiles would take the room from plain to beautiful with very little effort or cost.
Yes, I am obsessed. I look up everywhere now. Our favorite local steak joint is in desperate need of a ceiling remodel. Not only would the grungy, dirty ceiling be so much improved if the owners spent a few thousand dollars on outfitting the entire restaurant with decorative ceiling tiles, the old fashioned decor would be both complimented and enhanced. From restaurants, to doctors and dentist offices, to hair salons, to apartment buildings, and private residences, help the owners go from plain to beautiful in just hours!
Here are a few of our favorite photos featuring decorative ceiling tiles.
Ceiling Tile Inspiration for Residential Installation
Dining Room: We love the juxtaposition of the contemporary wood dining room furniture with the classical tin ceiling. Don’t you agree, the tin ceiling makes the whole room pop!
Tin Ceiling Tile: 2438 Tin Ceiling Tile – Tuscan Glory | 2447 Tin Ceiling Tile – ROBINSON’S OCTAGONAL MEDLEY
Man Cave: Here the designer chose to use ceiling tiles to highlight the heart of of the room — an entertainment console that can be viewed from 4 sides.
Tin Ceiling Tiles: Baroque – Tin Ceiling Tile 24″x24″ #2408 or 2416 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic Caesar’s Wreath
Family Room: We love the way faux leather panels completely transform a room plus their acoustical qualities make faux leather panels ideal for use in contemporary, transitional, and traditional media rooms.
Faux Leather : DCT LRT19 Faux Leather Ceiling Tile – Black Diamond with Crystals
Bedroom: Couldn’t help thinking this almost perfect room would be outstanding with the addition of tin ceiling tiles that would compliment the diamond pattern and shiny glossy surfaces. B.G.
Tin Ceiling Tile: 0606 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic – JAZZ AGE
Dining Room: We love the way an intricately tiled ceiling can complement a simpler, sleek, modern styled dinning space.
Faux Tin Ceiing Tile: 205 Faux Tin Ceiling Tile | Foam Ceiling Tile: R 37 Foam Ceiling Tile
Tin Tiles: 2418 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic Old Farmhouse Favorite | Tin Cornices: EM 702 Tin Cornice
White Decorative Ceiling Tile Photo courtesy of dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com
Tin Queen Victoria: Queen Victoria – Tin Ceiling Tile – #1204
Wine Cellar: These copper tiles give warmth to a cool space.
Tin Creeping Ivy: 2491 Tin Ceiling Tile – Creeping Ivy
Bathroom: We <3 this bathroom remodel — be sure to Watch the Video Clip of how Matt Muenster uses decorative ceiling tiles on Bath Crashers. We especially like that Matt tells it like it is — these are fake tin tiles that look authentic and make a huge difference in the entire look of the room.
Faux Tin Ceiling Tile: 208 white matte – faux tin ceiling tiles
Ceiling Tile Inspiration for Restaurants & Bars
Tin Union Square: 2429 Tin Ceiling Tile – Union Square
Faux Rhine Valley Tin: VC 02 Faux Tin Drop
Gottino in NYC – West Village
Tin Tiles: 2407 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic Romanesque in Autumn Bronze | Faux Tin Tiles: Decorative Ceiling Tiles Model 210 in Antique Copper. The cost is about half of tin.
Mia Francesca – Del Mar, California
Mia Francesca, a fabulous new Scott Harris restaurant (out of Chicago) just opened in Del Mar, CA — just minutes from my house. Check out their ceiling! It is definitely the Delicate Daisies Pattern. Unfortunately, authentic tin / aluminum tiles cannot be ordered in black but they can definitely be painted black. A great, more economical alternative that can be used to achieve a very similar look is the faux tin ceiling tile in black pictured above.
Tin Ceiling Tile: 0607 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic – DELICATE DAISIES | Faux Tin Ceiing Tile: 142 Faux Tin Ceiling Tile Glue up 24×24 – Black
Plus, Harris chose to use a decorative border just above his booths to bring the room together. Although Mia Francesca’s designers did not choose to match the ceiling and the border, we would definitely recommend sticking with a single pattern or at least a coordinating pattern.
Tin Backsplash: 0607 DELICATE DAISIES BACKSPLASH | Faux Tin Backsplash: WC 20 Faux Tin – Backsplash Roll – (PVC) – 1 1/4 ” Pattern – Cream Pearl
Huye’s Diner – New Orleans, LA
Tin Ceiling Tile: 2438 Tin Ceiling Tile – Tuscan Glory | Faux Tin Ceiling Tile: 206 Faux Tin
Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Shop – Brooklyn, New York
Greenwich Grill – Meat Packing District in NYC
Tin Tile: 2401 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic Edgerton Square
2nd Ave Deli on 33rd Street in NYC
Tin Tiles: Queen Victoria – Tin Ceiling Tile – #1204 or Shanko – Tin Plated Steel – Wall and Ceiling Patterns – #501
Emporio in the Nolito area of NYC
Tin Tiles: 0610 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic Grandma’s Quilt and 0619 Tin Ceiling Tile | Faux Tin Tiles: 239 Faux Tin Ceiling Tile , 142 Faux Tin Ceiling Tile Antique Copper
Little Cupcake Bakeshop next door to Emporia in the Nolita area of NYC
Tin Tiles: 1204 Tin Ceiling Tile | Faux Tin Tiles: 148 Faux Tin Ceiling Tile
Seersucker – Del Mar California
Tin Tiles: Union Square Tin Ceiling Tile
The Ballantyne Hotel, Gallery Restaurant, Charlotte, North Carolina
Elizabethan Shield >> Faux Tin #DCT 04 or Aluminum #2421 | Golden Prague – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – Glue up – 24″x24″ – #218 | Argonaut – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – 24 x 24 – #DCT01
The Joint in Ocean Beach, California
Kudos to Robbie and his crew of decorative ceiling tile spotters at The Joint in Ocean Beach, California! Yes, just by sending in these photos, FauxTinTiles.com treated him to his dinner. They are that serious about documenting how decorative ceiling tiles are used throughout the world to create ambience and differentiate spaces. The Joint in Ocean Beach is just that, a small sushi and tapas joint in a quaint San Diego beach town. It clearly is the perfect place to retreat to after a playing 18 holes of golf at the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course. The decorative ceiling tiles at The Joint help create a space that is warm and welcoming >> they scream take a seat and stay a while!
As always, we turned to our buddy Milan over at DecorativeCeilingTiles.net to determine how best to replicate the look of the decorative ceiling tiles at The Joint. Milan immediately suggested using their Lillies & Swirls Faux tin Tile #204 in antique copper.
Ceiling Tile Inspiration for Beauty & Hair Salons
Tommy Guns Brooklyn Salon
Tin Tiles: 2407 Tin Ceiling Tile – Classic Romanesque in White Aluminum | Faux Tin Tiles: Decorative Ceiling Tiles Model 210 in white matte. The cost is about half of tin.
Update: We recently received an email from American Tin Ceilings, the actual installers of this tile. They were so kind as to send us a case study outlining the thought process behind the installation and choice of material. They even provide photographs of the actual installation. We definitely recommend checking it out!
The Dry Bar in San Diego
Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon
Get the look! (We just spoke to our buddy Milan over at Decorative Ceiling Tiles and he reminded us to remind you that if you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email him or give him a call at 1-866-297-0380. Be sure to tell him Marcia says “hello”!
Have a few tiles left over? Decorative ceiling tiles make great headboards, planters, and picture frames!