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Basic Ceiling Types

Learn about different ceiling types and which Armstrong products work well for each type.

Drywall Ceiling

Drywall Ceiling

This is the ceiling style commonly seen in most homes. Conventional drywall ceilings are typically 8 feet high, have an uncluttered, flat surface, and are easy to decorate since they’re reachable with a stepladder.

Armstrong Options for Drywall Ceilings

Suspended Ceilings

Suspended Ceiling

A suspended ceiling or “drop ceiling” is a metal grid ceiling that hangs below an existing flat ceiling and is attached by hangers or wires.

Lightweight, acoustic panels are laid into the metal grid to create the ceiling. Suspended ceilings stylishly hide wiring, plumbing, mechanical fixtures, and the original ceiling.

Armstrong Options for Suspended Ceilings
Coffered ceilings

Coffered Ceiling

Coffered ceilings of the past were typically architectural marvels, made from carved stone or prized wood species.

Today, this dramatic ceiling style has been re-imagined by Armstrong using a 24’ x 24’ grid system and either deep or shallow lightweight, coffered panels that fit inside. The effect creates a waffle-like pattern that takes a commanding role in a room.

Armstrong Options for Coffered Ceilings
Cathedral Ceilings

Cathedral Ceiling

Cathedral ceilings soar to 15 feet or higher, creating a dramatic design element, as well as an open, spacious feel to a room or entryway.

This ceiling style deserves a unique decorative ceiling to enhance its visual presence. The natural look of wood brings a touch of warmth and elegance to a space, while a tin-look ceiling adds a rich, historical flavor.

Armstrong Options for Cathedral Ceilings
Shed Ceilings

Shed Ceiling

A shed ceiling has a flat surface that slants upward on one side. These ceilings are typically seen in Cape Cod-style homes with dormers or in homes where the attic has been extended to create additional living space.

The uneven wall height created by the unusual line of the ceiling brings a refreshing charm to a room. Shed ceilings covered in classic beadboard complement a space with rustic decor.

Armstrong Options for Shed Ceilings
Tray Ceiling

Tray Ceiling

Tray ceilings are flat with a rectangular center that is recessed to add architectural interest. This inverted space may be used for lighting fixtures or to add a visually appealing design element, like a contrasting paint color or even a different ceiling material.  

Tray ceilings are typically seen in kitchens and dining rooms, which are often the main entertainment areas in a home. One design note to consider: the difference in height between the main ceiling and the recessed area can make a small room appear bigger.

Armstrong Options for Tray Ceilings
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