Ceiling Finishing Ideas
Ceiling Finishing Ideas and Designs that Yield a Beautifully Finished Ceiling
By Mark J. Donovan
Once the ceilings have been taped and mudded in your newly built home or home
addition, it’s time to make the final decision on what type of ceiling finish to
go with. Hopefully you’ve already made that decision before you get to this
point, but often people don’t think about ceiling designs or finishes until the
general contractor, drywaller or painting contractor asks you a day before
they’re ready to wrap up their work.
There are a lot more ceiling ideas to choose from today than simply painting the
ceiling white or spraying on a popcorn ceiling.
In particular, popcorn ceiling has gone out of style, so think long and hard
before picking this ceiling finish. Also, the type of room plays an important
role in selecting what type of ceiling finish to go with. For example, in
basement renovation projects dropped ceilings are preferable to many homeowners
over a flat painted drywall ceiling. Dropped ceilings allow access to plumbing
and other mechanical hardware often located in first level floor joists.
Skipped Trowel Ceiling Finish
One of the more common ceiling finishing ideas preferred by homeowners is the
skipped trowel method. This method involves applying a final coat of watered
down joint compound to the ceiling and then going back over it while it is still
wet with a trowel to create patterns in the joint compound. A swirl pattern is
frequently used. Once the joint compound has dried, your ceiling is left with a
slightly textured surface. A final coat of paint can then be applied over the
textured ceiling. Alternatively, a light sand mixture can be added to the joint
compound prior to applying it to the ceiling.
Knocked Down Ceiling Finish
Another ceiling idea employs the knocked down ceiling method. This ceiling finish
method is similar to the skip trowel method, but involves applying very loose
joint compound to the ceiling. Shortly after applying joint compound to a
section of ceiling, a trowel is used to “knock down” the “stalactites” that
begin to form. Once the stalactites are knocked down and the joint compound has
dried the finished product produces a random textured ceiling surface that can
be painted or not.
Coffered Ceiling Idea
A coffered ceiling is another ceiling idea that you may want to consider. It is
often used in more expensive homes or in formal rooms such as a dining room. A
coffered ceiling involves creating a grid (square, rectangular or circular) of
panels on the ceiling. A coffered ceiling can provide a ceiling with unmatched
beauty and character, particularly if multiple paint colors are used.
Crown Molding and Tray Ceilings are other Popular Ceiling
Also consider adding crown molding to the ceiling to provide a beautiful
richness to the ceiling. Moreover, a tray ceiling along with crown molding can
create a layered finished ceiling. Crown molding, and even some types of tray
ceilings are perfect DIY home improvement projects that can easily be done as
retro-fit projects after the contractors have left.
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