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How to choose false ceiling colours

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A false ceiling is essentially the second layer of the ceiling below the main roof and is often suspended by a wooden or metal frame. It is critical to get the design of the false ceiling right, from the ideal type of materials to its colour as it is one of the first things one notices upon stepping into a room. The false ceiling colour can enhance the look and feel of the interior of any home, which is why it is essential to pay attention to its design. However, it is an aspect of interior design that is not often given the attention that it deserves. Of late, false ceilings have been gaining traction in the world of interior design, and it’s no surprise why! There is a wide array of options to choose from when it comes to false ceiling colour ideas. In this ideabook, let’s explore the various options available per the size and dynamics of the room.

False ceiling colours in lighter tones than the walls

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False ceiling colour combinations that use lighter shades than those on the walls can make the roof seem higher, in turn making the room look larger than it is. The standard technique of painting ceilings lighter than the walls is perfect for opening up small spaces or make the room seem more expansive. Interior designers opt for this POP ceiling colour combination to create a low contrast look, or if simplicity and subtle tones appeal to the homeowner. Lighter shades are ideal for false ceiling colours for living rooms, especially when lined with lights along the periphery. It is a simple way to add sophistication to the space.

White as the false ceiling colour

It is quite common to opt for a white false ceiling. A fresh coat of white paint is known to be quite effective for covering smoke residue or cooking oil stains as well as for brightening up the room. If the room is filled with bright colours or has a lot going on in terms of the furniture, paint, decor and upholstery, then the best thing to do is to choose a white hue for the ceiling. One can also opt for this combination if the room doesn’t get a lot of natural light. White tends to reflect light, making it the ideal choice for dark places. Opting for LED lights lined along the false ceiling is an excellent solution if ample natural light doesn't fill the room.

False ceiling colours that are darker than the walls

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Dark colours such as charcoal greys, navy blues or chocolate-browns are ideal for rooms with white walls as they can create a dramatic contrast. When opting for such a combination, it is essential to choose a hue that is at least a few shades darker than that of the wall colour for a sophisticated, polished look. A darker paint colour creates the illusion of a lower ceiling, even if it is particularly high. The kitchen can benefit significantly from such a solution, especially if a minimalist design is in play. Darker shades on the ceiling, when matched with suitable wall colours in a lighter tone, also help to create a cosier ambience in a room. They are an excellent choice as false ceiling colours for bedrooms, where cosiness is essential.

A false ceiling colour that matches the walls

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De Panache

Guest Bedroom

De Panache

When installing a false ceiling, one of the tricks to experiment with is using the same colour on the walls and the roof. It is essential to keep in mind that the choice of colours depends mainly on the size of the room. For a smaller room, it is ideal to select a dark colour for the walls as well as the false ceiling as this gives the space a cosier look, making it feel more intimate. If, however, the idea is to make the space feel roomier than it already is, then it’s best to choose a lighter colour. For a larger room, a seamless look with either darker or lighter paint colours not only unifies the room but also brings focus to the furniture and decor of the room. Darker shades are optimal for a cosier space whereas lighter shades are ideal if you want to open up the room.

Wood-toned false ceilings

Wooden false ceilings are a less explored option but are aesthetically pleasing in the interior design of a home. The concept has slowly started to make its way into premium Indian homes and is an ideal false ceiling colour for bedrooms. It adds a certain appeal to the room, making it seem larger than it actually is and also blends well with wooden flooring. When opting for a false ceiling design with wood, it is advisable to keep fewer furniture objects in the room with just a few small accessories such as table lamps.

The choice of the POP false ceiling colour combination is entirely up to your preference.  With so many options available, it is necessary to keep the dynamics and dimensions of the room in mind when making the decision.

False ceiling in trendy color combination

We love how triangular shapes define the unique look of this false ceiling. The ceiling colors – royal blue and white – make for a fantastic contrast and add eye-catching beauty. White has been used more generously to maintain a spacious and airy feel. White cove lighting not only highlights the design of the false ceiling but also ensures a bright and comfortable aura in this room. Don't miss how the sleek ceiling fan has been customized to mimic the ceiling color combination. To recreate something like this in your home, consult professional painters.

False ceiling in classic contrast shades

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Hasta architects

Living room ceiling

Hasta architects

The wood and cream ceiling color combination is not the only thing that catches the eye in this stylish living room. You can't miss how the sleek wooden panels are embedded with trendy lights and adorned with a gorgeous crystal chandelier. The glass panels flanking the wooden affair come with stencil metalwork and add to the appeal of the false ceiling. They complement the cream false ceiling color nicely as well. If you need more ideas, get inspired by these false ceiling designs you can’t stop looking at.

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