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Did you ever think that one day you’d be asked what kind of ceilings you want? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered so that when you are asked that while designing your home, you’ll have more to say than just, “I've never really thought of that.” Read on to be inspired by five of the most common ceilings you can choose from.


These are the typical the ceilings you’ll find in many homes. The standard, flat, simple seamless surface that is usually a plasterboard and plastered finish that has been painted. Traditionally they stand to be 8 - 9 ft tall. If you are looking for a more spacious feel these ceilings can be raised to be 10 - 13 ft tall. Conventional ceilings are easy to decorate and adapt with elements such as recessed lighting.


Similar to conventional ceilings, suspended ceilings otherwise known as a drop ceiling, is a flat surface created by vinyl tiles, or even a lowered plasterboard (sometime in offices, you'll see polystyrene tiles) built below the main ceiling. They are primarily used to conceal your homes inner workings such as insulation, wiring, ducting, or even a sprinkler system. They also help buffer some noise such as from piping or footsteps above, especially if you install soundproofing. It does take precision and expertise to be installed so we recommend hiring a professional.


Aptly named for resembling a tray, these ceilings are wonderful for creating height illusions while also framing the room and all at a fair price. The central section is usually raised or inverted to be an additional foot higher. Tray ceilings can be used to create designated areas within an open space or can be decorated with mouldings.


Looking for something more luxurious? Coffered ceilings are the way to go. They require a minimum ceiling height of 9 ft to accommodate the beams and crown mouldings. The specialised installation required and variety in material options can make this style pricey. When done properly, coffered ceilings are very aesthetically pleasing and create beautiful visuals for your living spaces.


Sometimes referred to as vaulted ceilings, cathedral ceilings are created in symmetrical designs resembling an upside-down V. They are best suited for large homes and can rise to be 15 ft tall. A cathedral ceiling is attached directly to the roof trusses, which gives an open and spacious feel to the room but prevents a second story from being built on top of this area. This design also tends to consume more energy by creating double the space of a single room. 

We know ceilings are not the first thing on your mind when renovating or designing your dream home, but you could end up falling in love with your ceiling designs. Let our experts here at Arc Design Services help you design unique ceilings perfect for your home. Visit us at or call 0161 928 4433.

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