Turning a concrete vision into reality and at the same time taking into account the needs and expectations of the customer – this makes interior design an exciting and stimulating job. Even if it is challenging, and sometimes even frustrating, when the two elements meet successfully, the result is a great design. As Tony Stavish from A.W. Stavish Design said, “The key to great design is capturing the spirit of the customer and the essence of the space”.
When designing a building, the ceiling is an area that is often overlooked as a design element. Stephen Fanuka, New York City’s “star contractor”, warns against overlooking the ceiling or leaving it unused. He even calls it the fifth wall of the room.
It’s really interesting how Fanuka highlights the importance of the ceiling. By repositioning our perspective, it simply becomes a further dimension for creative expression and a surface that demands design.
More and more often we see conscious decisions for bold ceiling design solutions, be it with colors, sophisticated suspended ceilings, different surfaces and materials or certain types of room. Deb Barnes, Director of Interior Design at HGA Architects and Engineers, an American design firm, says, for example, “You can really influence the look and feel of a room when you use the ceiling as a design element”.
It’s really very interesting to see how the ceiling has become an important element of interior design. A beautiful blanket is more than just an eye-catcher
A ceiling can be much more than just a striking, prominent part of the interior design – the design is best when it also uses the ceiling as a functional component. An important part of interior design is creating a healthy environment. Due to its size, the ceiling is a great means of concentrating on achieving optimal lighting and acoustics and, overall, of creating a room climate in which the people in the room feel just as physically comfortable as they experience it visually.
Let’s look at some interesting ways you can achieve a beautiful and modern visual finish for your ceiling design. Don’t be afraid of color
Traditionally, when you think of a ceiling in an office or commercial building, most people think of a white suspended ceiling. A brightly colored ceiling is not always the first thought and unfortunately the choice of a color for a ceiling is sometimes only made at the end of the architectural design process, making it subordinate to other design elements. This is very unfortunate as choosing the right colors for your ceiling design at the beginning of the design process can give a perfect marriage of function and effect.
Designing a modern ceiling with color may seem like a courageous task to some. But working from a color palette helps because it lets you choose coordinated color schemes to meet your design goal. This can mean the difference between a harmonious and a disharmonious color scheme.
An example of a particularly beautiful ceiling solution can be found in Amsterdam. Meininger Hotel has been combined with an exposed open plenum design with a colorful ceiling inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous sunflowers. This dynamic space provides a modern ceiling for the lobby environment, enhancing the lively atmosphere of the rooms in the hotel. The “Laboratory for Visionary Architecture” used 931 Rockfon Contour® baffles throughout the lobby.
Discover our 34 exclusive colors for acoustic ceiling and wall solutions to get inspiration for a better interior design. Here you will find everything for your next ceiling design. On this page you will find out more about how you can bring your ceiling design to life with colorful ceiling tiles or colored panels. Emphasize a style to achieve a modern ceiling design
One of the newer fashion trends is the open plenum design, which is also popular because of its environmental friendliness. It makes sense not only because it is more environmentally friendly and lowers energy costs, it also makes buildings cheaper.
Open plenary design has become this very modern solution, which is often associated with creativity and originality, in which the open, sometimes rustic design does not hide the functional elements of a building behind a ceiling.
While this adds to the visual volume of a room and gives the high ceilings that most people enjoy, it also leaves a lot of hard surfaces exposed, which is bad for the indoor climate and the wellbeing of the people who use the space.
The Solutions building in Warsaw, a co-working office, is an example of an open plenary design combined with a stylish interior that offers ideal working conditions for people despite the many reflective surfaces. The basis of the interior design is a classic and timeless combination of white, black and gray, which was complemented by strong colors on the walls, various furniture fabrics, paintings and carpets. The glazed doors have bars, the walls are plastered. This interior design is stylish creation with attention to detail.
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Another popular design trend that has seen a renaissance in recent years is monolithic architecture. Its roots can be traced back to the Neolithic, when our ancestors cut a single block of stone and hollowed out a building in it. The “monolithic” means “single stone” in Greek. Monolithic design avoids the separation of outside and inside areas – the two surfaces are seamlessly combined in a single design.
The monolithic architecture tries to unite the expressive potential of a building in one gesture. Despite its age, this concept still finds a place in modern buildings such as Le Baron Vert in Osaka by Philippe Starck, the Royal Library in Copenhagen by SHL Architects or the Messner Mountain Museum Corones in South Tyrol by Zaha Hadid.
Monolithic architecture is known for having difficult acoustics due to its many reflective surfaces. However, there are ways to combine the natural seamlessness of the monolithic architecture with good acoustic performance. A ceiling surface with which you can design and shape your vision.
Henning Larsen Architects created a stylish round building for the Novo Nordisk headquarters, inspired by the shape of the insulin molecule, the company’s first and still most important product. The curved building design required flexible building materials that complement the circular shape. Rockfon® Mono® Acoustic was chosen for both the vertical and horizontal surfaces to create a spectacular design with continuous surfaces that connect the space together.
Find out more about our acoustic interior surfaces for monolithic architecture, a RIBA accredited CPD and a must have for all architects and designers involved in monolithic building designs. How can you enhance the finish of your interior with a ceiling?
Taking advantage of the design possibilities of the ceiling is an excellent way to achieve a special finish that can look like a beautiful work of art. It can even be the centerpiece of your interior design. For example, if you have high ceilings, you may want to experiment with darker colors. Because of the height, darker colors on the ceiling do not create the heavy feeling that one sometimes experiences in rooms with a lower ceiling.
If you have a lot of space, consider toning down the ceiling design and choosing a more neutral color or a seamless finish to better show off the furniture and other design elements in the room. On the other hand, color on the ceiling can also be a great way to spice up a neutral room.
There are so many beautiful acoustic ceiling solutions out there to help you create the details you are looking for. The famous American designer and architect Charles Eames once said: “The details are not just details. You make the design. “
Achieving the perfect balance between wellbeing and a beautiful finish actually requires a balance between artistic and scientific expertise. Having the right solutions makes the process a lot easier while also opening up endless possibilities. You decide how you want to implement your interior design with the help of acoustic ceilings.
We offer our customers complete ceiling systems that combine rock wool ceiling panels with substructures and accessories. Our ceiling systems are a quick and easy way to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire and at the same time make a constructive contribution to a sustainable future.