False Ceiling With Interior Lighting
A residential and commercial building is incomplete without a proper roof. A roof is the topmost and an important part of the building offering protection from the elements such as wind, high or low temperatures, sunlight, snow and rain. Besides providing protection, the bottom of the roof serves as a place where occupants of a building can exhibit their aesthetic sense by creating attractive false ceilings using decorative ceiling panels that can please the eye.
In addition to aesthetics, false ceilings also offer functional features that enhance their utility in more ways than one. For instance, false ceilings provide good acoustics where required sounds can be enhanced and at the same time unwanted sounds can be minimized. They provide space for housing electric wires, pipes, and air-conditioning ducts. False ceilings can reflect and diffuse light obviating the need for unnecessary artificial lighting thus lowering energy consumption. These ceiling panels
offer fire safety and moisture resistance features as well.
Thus, a well-planned false ceiling provides both functional and aesthetic features that can enhance the working environment manifold.
False ceilings can be classified primarily based on the type of materials used. Each material offers unique advantages and disadvantages. A combination of materials can offer both functional and aesthetic features.
Types of false ceiling panels
Plaster of Paris false ceilings
Gypsum false ceilings
Wood false ceilings
Fibre false ceilings
Metal false ceilings
Glass false ceilings
PVC false ceilings
Fabric and synthetic leather false ceilings.
Plaster of Paris false ceilings
Plaster of Paris (POP) is among the most popular materials used in a variety of commercial as well as residential roofing applications. POP is basically gypsum sans its water content (created by heating gypsum to a temperature when water evaporates) available in powdered form. It hardens when water is added and makes for a good ceiling material. POP is maintenance free and highly durable besides being good insulators of cold and heat. POP false ceilings are amenable to various designs and can give different finishes including uniform and smooth finish as well as designs of various shapes. It is also an excellent material for enhancing light conditions.
Gypsum false ceiling panels
Gypsum is a sulfate of calcium available as an evaporite mineral. It is a popular material for false ceilings because of its thermal and sound insulation, lightweight and fire resistance properties. It is also a soft material. Square gypsum boards can be hung from an iron framework to build a false ceiling. Gypsum is available naturally in shades of brown, white, red, yellow and grey. It is also available as a clear or colourless material. The aesthetic looks of gypsum boards can be enhanced by finishing them with laminates and paints. Gypsum boards are also amenable to wallpaper and texture finishes. Gypsum is quite flexible and can easily provide different shape and texture options – plain, curved, stepped and coffered.
Wood ceiling panels
Wooden false ceilings have excellent natural patterns and textures that can please the eye. Wood is a good material to work with. Wooden panels can come in the form of hollow blocks, boards or panels. They are easy to install often with just screws and nails. They are most suitable for cold climates. They are durable but are susceptible to termite attacks and warping. They can be finished in several ways including painting with appropriate shades of colours.
wood ceiling panels can offer highly pleasing aesthetics giving the ceiling a rich and sophisticated look.
Fibre ceiling tiles
Fibre false ceilings are also known as acoustic or soundproofing ceilings for their sound and heat insulation properties which are achieved by mixing natural and synthetic materials such as bitumen, tars, vegetable fibre, wood and stone. Because of the reinforcements, fibre ceiling tiles acquire toughness, hardness and resistance to fire making them highly suitable for commercial applications in noisy places such as shopping malls, retail showrooms and offices.
Glass ceiling panels
Being a non-crystalline but transparent material, glass is a good material to work with for improving the aesthetics of a false ceiling. Due to its brittle nature, it has limited uses but the brittleness can be reduced by adding suitable additives. Their transparency can be used effectively to make small spaces look bigger. Glass ceiling panels can be a suitable roofing solution in establishments such as libraries, restaurants, book stores and jewellery shops. Glass is susceptible to design Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is an ideal plastic material for false ceilings in garages, basements, kitchens, toilets and bathrooms. PVC ceiling panels are a highly cost-effective alternative to other costlier panels. These panels are easy to install and maintain. They are lightweight and resistant to moisture and termites. They do not get affected by UV light and hence are colour fast. They can also be finished in a variety of ways giving flexibility in design.
PVC false ceiling panels
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is an ideal plastic material for false ceilings in garages, basements, kitchens, toilets and bathrooms. PVC ceiling panels are a highly cost-effective alternative to other costlier panels. These panels are easy to install and maintain. They are lightweight and resistant to moisture and termites. They do not get affected by UV light and hence are colour fast. They can also be finished in a variety of ways giving flexibility in design.
Metal ceiling tiles
Metals such as aluminium and galvanized iron are widely used in false ceilings. Metals are hard and durable by their very nature. These ceiling panels can be installed easily and require very little maintenance. They can also be easily removed and reinstalled which makes it ideal to house water pipes, AC ducts and electric wires away from public glare. Metal ceiling panels can be finished in innovative ways to increase the aesthetic appeal of the ceiling.
Lighting Design Services
From years of experience in lighting design, we have learned that without great lighting, a space cannot truly shine.
Shedding light on the power of lighting
Many professionals in the interior design world believe that 75% of great design is attributed to great lighting design. Regardless of the exact percentage, we completely agree that lighting design plays a critical role in our lives – and our projects.
Subconsciously, lighting is a major reason why people favor one shop over another, feel more comfortable in one hotel room and not in another, or are more productive in one office over another. The impact of lighting on our daily rest, work, and play is very powerful as it can change our mood, as well as energize and relax us.
To ensure the final success of a project, we involve our lighting designers from the onset of each of our projects. By incorporating the input of our specialized team right from the start, we can better integrate the lighting design with the architecture as well as avoid any potential costly changes to mechanical or electrical works at a later stage.
Space utilization and cost-effectiveness
In the interior design process, space planning comes first. Blocking out interior spatial areas, defining circulation patterns, as well as developing plans for furniture layout and equipment placement are all integral parts of our space utilization process.
Not all spaces are created equal, so we take a unique approach to each of our projects to ensure optimal space utilization. We talk to you to find out what you have in mind and then use this to envision the most effective interior design organization.
In addition, space utilization can significantly improve the client’s return on investment, so it is necessary to carefully consider a number of different options before choosing the one that will best fit your space.