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Which ceiling to choose for a modern apartment?

The integrity of the interior is impossible without the appropriate design of the ceiling. Today available materials of different prices, quality, design.


Structurally, ceilings are divided into four types:

  • plastering;
  • suspended;
  • podshivnye;
  • stretch.

When deciding which ceiling to choose for a particular room, it should be borne in mind that each of these types has advantages and disadvantages, restrictions on installation in rooms.

The texture of the ceiling is satin, glossy or matte. The first two types of more elegant, festive, appropriate in the living room, dining room, in the kitchen. The third is calmer, it is worth picking up for the bedroom or office.


Habitual classics, involving painting or wallpaper. Many have chosen it for years and are confident that today it is also the best option. However, experts warn: ease and cheapness are possible only if the base is even and in fair condition. Otherwise, most often in Khrushchev, the cost may exceed the price for the installation of a modern structure.


  • space is not selected for height, so good for homes with low ceilings;
  • ease of working on a fairly flat surface;
  • hygiene: there are no hidden cavities, as in multilayer structures, where cockroaches can settle.

One, but a significant disadvantage is an increased sensitivity to moisture, so that after the flood from above you will need to do everything anew.


The most expensive, prestigious option, performed exclusively by experts. This is a fabric or film stretched over a frame. The frame is fixed on the main ceiling or walls. It creates an immaculate plane, which visually cannot be distinguished from a real ceiling.

Made from two materials:

  • PVC film: the surface is matte or glossy; if the width exceeds two meters, there will be seams;
  • Polyester fabric: only matt, but seamless.

Dimensions and texture can be decisive in deciding which stretch ceiling to choose. A good solution is a combination of tension and suspension structures.


  • durability: the guarantee is given for 10 years, although in practice the period is extended;
  • in the event of an accident, it can hold up to ten buckets of water per square meter;
  • water is easy to remove;
  • suitable for fans of purity and allergies: does not collect dust, because it does not accumulate electricity;
  • the chosen design is practically unlimited in color, maybe with or without a pattern, with photo printing;
  • the possibility of dismantling and re-installation;
  • does not burn.

The room will take a maximum of a couple of centimeters, but the glossy ceilings still visually increase the space. Disadvantages disappear, and the coating looks perfectly smooth, airy.


  • at stretch ceilings the smallest durability from all types, film suffer from the most insignificant impact;
  • if the canvas is badly stretched, in a draft or during operation of the hood it will go in waves;
  • the impossibility of free access to hidden communications.

Do not install them in the nursery, and when installed in other rooms to contact good specialists.

There are restrictions on lighting. For example, you need to choose a chandelier such that the light bulbs are far away from the canvas. If this is not possible, devices with minimal heating are purchased.


Structurally, it is a metal frame mounted on the main ceiling, to which a new coating is attached. Suspended ceiling is solid, non-separable (most often from drywall) or modular.


  • modules are made of many materials, so the design that you choose embodies;
  • the covering is suitable for any room;
  • it is easy to hide communications behind him; It will suit electronics lovers, good for offices.

Separate segments-modules, if necessary, are easily dismantled, repair of the entire ceiling is not needed.

Cons: inappropriate in a house with low ceilings - even the mirror layer will crush. Disassembled structures are difficult to repair.


Bearing elements are mounted directly on the ceiling in the room, that is, as if hemmed, and not hung. Take less height than suspended, but more stretch or plaster. They are made of different materials in the form of sheets or strips, the most popular of which is drywall.

The advantages of such structures:

  • they increase the sound and heat insulation of the apartment, therefore they are good with active neighbors above;
  • strong enough: they can be fixed not only the lamp, but also the decor;

Cons: not always compatible with moisture, which must be considered when choosing the ceiling in the toilet, bathroom and other similar rooms. Due to the scarcity of colors, the choice is limited.


To choose the material to cover the ceiling correctly, you need to take into account the purpose of the room, financial opportunities, personal preferences.


Dense varieties are used: vinyl, non-woven, glass wall glazing. The latter also perform a reinforcing function, are not torn, resistant to moisture, fire, do not suffer from repeated repainting.


  • affordable price;
  • moisture immunity;
  • ease of sticking;
  • fatiguing replacement.

Interestingly look liquid wallpaper. They are applied with a spray gun on a dry, clean surface.

Cons: to please the result, the surface is carefully prepared. At the joints may appear fungus.

Ceiling painting

Acrylic water-based paint is used. Highlight its benefits:

  • dries quickly without a sharp unpleasant smell;
  • resists water, fungus, mold;
  • easy to clean;
  • Available in a rich palette;
  • is cheap.

There is no problem with which color to choose.

Minus: the painted surface must be perfectly smooth. So, thorough preparation is inevitable.


More expensive material, but it lasts longer than many other materials. It is a sheet mounted on a metal frame. There are different sizes, colors, glossy or matte.


  • absolute moisture resistance;
  • mold and mildew are excluded;
  • any panel is easily removed;
  • ceiling communications are hidden.

Cons: lowers the ceiling, be sure to invite the wizard.


The question of how to choose the material for many does not arise: of course, drywall. With it, a simplified installation is real when sheets are hemmed straight to the ceiling. It is used if it is easier to hide the surface than to refine.


  • implementation of any design ideas;
  • the surface is perfectly flat, comparable to an expensive stretch ceiling.

In other embodiments, this is not possible.


  • the work is done only by specialists;
  • "height" is eaten;
  • impossible free access to electrical wiring, other masked objects.

Finished construction shpatlyuyut and dyed with acrylic.


Simple and inexpensive way to finish, especially on the ceilings in the bathroom, hallway or kitchen with a simple design.


  • easy to pick up the texture, size, color, pattern;
  • self-assembly is possible;
  • it is easy to replace the tile, and if a segment is damaged, repair of the entire ceiling surface is not required;
  • moisture resistance, immunity to fungus or mold;
  • if the old design has become boring, it is easy to repaint the tile.

The main advantage is that it is glued even to the problem ceiling in the house, it covers all the flaws of the surface (except for significant differences).

For different rooms

Choosing which material is most suitable for a particular room, you need to realize that, in addition to beauty, compliance with its purpose and functions is required.

Living room

The main room of the apartment, in which any expensive decoration is appropriate. The best ceiling in the hall - multi-level or combined. He zoned the spacious rooms, and in the modest - visually expands the space.

The stretch glossy canvas and drywall also cope with status tasks. Only in extreme cases it is possible to choose plastic panels for the ceiling or other low-cost design.


The main requirements for the room - hygienic, comfort, safety, therefore, determining which ceiling to choose in the bedroom, definitely refuse cheap synthetics such as PVC, foam plastic, other similar materials.

To make it easier to breathe in the room, a simple single-level structure is selected, without dust bags.

The color of the ceiling is most often the traditional white, combined with any design of the room. Blue calms, mystical purple is acceptable in a strictly defined dose: an excess negatively affects the psyche. Optimistic green is not bad, but it stimulates the brain, preventing it from falling asleep. For creativity declines yellow, so for the bedroom is also not very. Muffled pink creates a romantic atmosphere.

As well as in color, there is no hard decision on which stretch ceilings to choose for a bedroom according to its texture, there is a matte and gloss finish. It depends on the preferences of the owners: whether they want peace or festivity.


The place of high humidity and hygienic standards, so the ceiling in the bathroom and toilet are selected according to the following criteria:

  1. high resistance to water;
  2. the ability to mount hoods, lamps, other built-in elements;
  3. ease of care;
  4. free access to hidden items.

Suitable materials for the ceiling in the toilet or bathroom:

  • tension - the best, but expensive;
  • plastic panels;
  • rack

Whitewashing in the bathroom is definitely not suitable - it is the day before yesterday, and drywall is suitable very conditionally, even moisture resistant.

Since the room is small, it is better to choose bright colors.

Regardless of the type of finishing material, the main ceiling in the bathroom must be primed so that moisture, fungus, mold does not appear, and the service life of the new coating lasts.


The same material requirements as for the bathroom, plus the need to remove traces of steam from cooking.

Tension cloths are suitable for this more than others. Which stretch ceiling is better to choose for the kitchen on the texture? Glossy, because it is easier to care for him.

However, they are not affordable for everyone, but there are more options available:

  • polystyrene tiles;
  • plastic;
  • drywall moisture resistant species;
  • whitewashing or painting: if finances do not allow to purchase other materials.

The color should be preferred to light, so that the dark kitchen arch does not visually reduce the small room.

Entrance hall

Essential limiter - the minimum space for installation.


  • drywall - if height permits;
  • stretch glossy canvas - the best choice, visually increasing a small space;
  • PVC tile - only if the budget is limited;
  • wallpaper;
  • whitewashing or painting - often used option, but the surface needs to be leveled.

Choosing which ceiling is better, it is recommended to refuse from structures that eat height.

The ceiling is rarely updated, so it’s undesirable to save on quality and, if possible, to do everything at once beautifully and safely. Then it’s not embarrassing to take guests, and it’s very nice.