Ceilings are more than protective shelter as they can be used to greatly enhance the interior decorating theme in a room. Ceiling materials have generally the same composition as those for making up walls in a home. A major consideration when it comes to ceiling designs is height, with the standard being eight feet. A raised ceiling is usually above this and gives the effect of space, while a drop ceiling is ideal for muting sounds making it ideal for sound studios. However variations exist for both types due to structural, spatial or decorative reasons. A popular variation for the raised ceiling is the cathedral type that angles upward from the walls to a single peak. A familiar variation of the drop ceiling is the suspended type that is ideal in concealing structural cracks, or other mechanical equipment like plumbing and wiring.
It is important to consider the prevailing weather conditions when deciding on ceiling designs as they may affect the temperature in a room. Raised ceilings have a cooling effect as warm air tends to rise while drop ceilings tend to increase the warmth in a room as heat is trapped in a low area. For a more dramatic effect different colours may be used to paint ceilings that will either contrast or complement the colour on the walls. Murals may also be done on the ceiling or mirrors added for a romantic theme.
Ceilings designs, like walls, may not be easy to alter without altering the structural design of the entire building. This limitation is aesthetically countered by enhancing the existing design with, say, a ceiling fan to add that tropical touch. Textured or plain fabric used as a decorative addition to a raised ceiling will greatly increase heat retention and will significantly improve the room’s interior decorating.