The Inexpensive Home Improvement Series: Faux Tin Ceilings

While tin ceilings were once used to enhance the beauty of extravagant homes and old-style hotels and fine dining restaurants, today’s homeowners are turning to them to add architectural detail and interest to nearly every room in their homes. Tin ceilings made their debut during the Victorian era, where their reflective properties helped enhance the lighting in rooms that were otherwise dark and oppressive. They were also a cost-efficient way to mimic the more expensive detailing of plasterwork. As time went on, other materials were used, including copper and stainless steel.

tin ceiling

Today, the price of tin and other metals has gone up steadily. You can now get plaster or gypsum tiles relatively inexpensively, but they don’t have the detail or patterning or metal ceilings. Working with tin is difficult and the labor costs are high. Having a genuine tin ceiling installed in a dining room can run into the thousands of dollars.

So how do today’s homeowners install the beauty of tin ceilings in their own homes? By opting for less expensive, gypsum ceiling tiles that are more affordable and easier to install you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

GypsumTiles Offer Variety for Every Taste

Today’s ceiling tiles or panels are manufactured in sheets or oversized squares. You can find them at most home improvement stores, including Home Depot & Lowe’s. These panels are more flexible and easier to cut than tin and other metals, making them easier to install. They usually come in just a few colors or metallic and white, which can be painted any color you want, embellished with copper or gold leaf or enhanced with a two-tone paint job for the background and the raised pattern for added depth.

Faux Ceilings Add Style & Drama for Less Than Half the Price

It’s much easier to install gypsum or plaster ceiling tiles. You can even order them online for half the price of metal ceiling tiles and install them yourself. These modern tiles don’t break easily and they won’t buckle, crease or warp like metal ceiling tiles seem to. If you install ceiling tiles that need painted, first paint a coat of primer over tiles. Once the primer is completely dry, all you’ll need is a high quality, metallic paint. If your home has an art deco interior, consider going for the dull sheen of platinum and a stylized pattern. For a country style home, anything from simple tin squares to a quilt pattern done in copper will work. It’s easy to use a paint roller with an extension handle to paint the ceiling, then do final touch-ups with a brush.

Once you have your supplies ready, you can install and paint an entire, faux tine ceiling in one weekend. Your friends will be impressed and you’ll enjoy the beauty and custom look for years to come.

You can find your Ellwood City dream home at Look At My Homes today. Once you’ve moved in, visit the Look At My Homes blog for more decorating and design ideas each week.



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