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Latest trends in ceiling design & products

Posted by Jason Tilton -- Guest Contributor on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

100000110cofferedceilingCeilings are very significant space within a room, yet one that has very little attention paid to it. Interior designers often refer to the ceiling as the 5th wall and rightly so. Not only does the ceiling offer a space to bring together the whole style of the room, but it also serves as a function "wall" where lighting, wires, or pipes may be hiding behind.

Residential homes aren't the only instance in which ceilings should be taken seriously when it comes to design. Office and commercial spaces are ideal candidates for experimenting with new ceiling products.

In fact, according to a study compiled by Freedonia Group, the demand for ceiling products will grow by 4.1% through to 2021. This growth is largely due to office and commercial spaces increasing their spending for these products due to an overall shift away from cheap, traditional material to high-quality options.

When it comes down to the specific commercial spaces is mostly offices, retail stores, schools and medical centers that make up the largest ceiling product users. Speciality ceiling products are a must for many of these settings as they offer far more advantage over traditional ceiling construction. In fact, it is projected that these specialty ceiling products will have a growth of 6.4% through to 2021 as well. It simply comes down to the fact that many special ceiling products meet building needs better, in terms of both function and design, than most of the products that have been used for years.

Here are a few key things to keep in mind when it comes to ceiling product demand.

Stretch ceilings are the fastest-growing specialty product

While the demand for specialty ceiling products is the fastest growing, stretched ceilings in particular come out on top in this category. Stretch ceilings are a type of speciality suspended ceilings that is made up of a perimeter track and a fabric membrane. These ceilings are ideal for commercial spaces where a ceiling must be quickly erected and installed without having to remove major furniture from the room. Stretch ceilings are also more aesthetically pleasing than similar types.

Open architectural ceiling trends continue

The trend of open ceilings will continue to be found in commercial spaces, although there is a change in what ceiling products are used. Instead of typical wall-to-wall ceilings, it will be more common to see clouds or baffles being used.

Ceiling tile demand continues to show strong growth

Ceiling tiles are a more traditional material, but changes in the products themselves and overall improvement in aesthetics means they will continue to be an in-demand product. Ceiling tiles are common in office and commercial spaces, with a 6.6% per year increase in demand project until 2018. This demand is largely in part to the improved construction market. Ceiling tile manufacturers now offer more colors and perforation styles, as well as more options for wood and metal tiles.

Open plenum ceiling trends will boost tile value

It is interesting to note that while open ceilings are becoming more common thanks to trends in architecture, this move towards open ceilings actually raises ceiling tile value as a whole. In order to compete with the sound control advantages of open ceilings, ceiling tile manufacturers are striving to create high-end tiles that have impression noise reduction.

Rise in specialty ceilings also raises demand for speciality trim

Majority of specialty ceiling products require the use of specialty trims, particularly ceilings products like clouds, baffles, or entire stretch ceiling installation. Unsightly metal grids would be visible without an aesthetically pleasing trim. Seismic design regulations also mean that these ceiling products will require contractors to install new types of bracing compared to those used in older, traditional ceiling products.

Coffered ceilings offer beautiful alternative to drop ceilingscofferedceiling2

Drop ceilings are commonly seen in schools, retail buildings and offices since suspending the ceiling allows for easy access to electronics or plumbing above the room. A far more attractive option, and one that will be more common in office and commercial spaces, are coffered ceilings. Coffered ceilings are installed on dropped beams but the coffers themselves are recessed. This gives a very upscale, luxurious look but still offers access to wires and piping hidden behind the ceiling. Even as a simple ceiling treatment for aesthetics and noise buffering on a finished ceiling, coffered designs will grow as a trend.

Ceiling products for office and commercial spaces are evolving, albeit at a slower pace compared to residential ceiling products. That being said there is a significant increase in demand for speciality products thanks to architects and designers pursuing new types of ceiling designs. For the most part new products, like coffered ceilings, stretch ceilings, and ceiling products used in open designs, will be more common while manufacturers of more traditional products, such as ceiling tiles, will be redesigning and improving their products in order to compete.

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