Current trends in the world of interior and living areas design are built on the creation of composition of the room.
Popular Styles of Interior for Living Room
The popularity some or other styles of interior depends on many factors. Every period of time is characterized with own stylistic, which can become apparent several decades after, suffered some changes. This year a basis for the creation of individual interior is principal stylistic trends of the twenties. The design can be both componential and integral.
Eclectic is a main trump in the interior design in the context of modern age. Creation of the advanced area and a laconic combination of decorative style with the minimalistic trends of design is of particular importance.
Eco-stylistic gets a new cycle of popularity. It is not an independent kind of interior; it is an interacting integral part. A combination of eco-style and democratic contemporary is of the most immediate interest.
Antiquity returns to the list of the popular styles in good time. The lack of textures in the leading styles makes us refer to classics and monumental varieties of decoration. However, antiquity is introduced as a final element. The general construction of the interior theme is entirely borrowed from the English style, followed by moderation, relevancy, consistency.
All Kinds of Ceiling Lining in Living Room
The ceiling surface is imposed more functions, than just lining and location of lighting equipment. First of all, ceiling has to complement existing interior. Taking into account current trends in creating individual interior for living room, visual extension of space is very popular as well as antique or ethnic kinds of decoration.
The second in order of importance function, which the ceiling performs, is a consequential division of space into areas. Very often living room supposes organization of several kinds of functional areas, and modern stylistic trends require more space and smooth transformation. The only way to reconstruct the composition of the chameleon interior in four corners is to allot areas by means of ceiling lining.
The Best Kinds of Lining
Choosing ceiling lining it is important to bear in mind functional tasks, which shall be performed by the ceiling in the modern living room. Living room with a large area requires the regular arrangement of a number of lightning units. The first problem, which has to be solved, is concealing utilities.
Modern styles, grown up on the minimalism and classic trends, require fundamental work in preparing a surface for the lining. Ceiling shall have no roughness and defects, that can often be met in the multistoried buildings.
The list of the best kinds of ceiling lining is formed on the basis of engineering requirements and referring to the trends in the world of interior:
Stretched ceiling. This is a universal kind of lining, which corresponds to all requirements of the modern age. Comfortable design allows to conceal roughness and wires. Unlimited selection of color and texture provides with an opportunity to use stretched ceilings for all kinds of interior without limitation. Glazed surfaces due to reflecting properties visually enlarge room. A number of advantages is completed by an opportunity to replace stretched ceiling fabric, when changing interior in living room.
Paneled wood ceiling and wood beams. Contemporary and eco-style can be perfectly completed with wood ceilings. Ecologic, aesthetically attractive material allows creating suspended structures, correcting the ceiling surface. Obligatory air space between the surface and fabric provides a gap for wires and utilities as well as will serve as heat-insulating and soundproof layer. Fabric is used as a main or additional in the form of decoration. Natural or decorative beams can be the accents of modern ceiling in living room.
Gypsum board ceiling. Gypsum board structure is an alternative or complementing variant for stretched ceiling. By means of gypsum board you can hide defects and install any lighting equipment. Texture of gypsum board allows lining it with any material, for example, to paint, to hang wallpaper, or to ceil. The basic advantage of gypsum board ceiling is an opportunity to create multilevel ceilings in living rooms. By means of different levels you can allot various areas, install lightning units. Modern designers use gypsum board ceiling as a complement to the stretched ceilings, creating integral composition on the ceiling surface.
Gypsum board ceiling lining shall be carried out only after works completion on surface smoothing and utilities concealing.
Lining materials for gypsum board ceilings:
- painting is the most popular way of gypsum board lining, especially if it is referred to the gypsum boards and stretched ceiling combination. By means of qualitative paint you can achieve full color and homogenous texture. Works on painting the ceiling shall be carried out prior to wall lining and floor finishing.
- wallpapers for living room are rarely used for gypsum board outer lining, but generally are applied in case, if the chosen style of interior requires ceiling capture (ceiling capture* is a kind of lining and decorative works, when a part of ceiling is lined with the same materials as the walls without emphasizing transition) or a peculiar focus. Anyway, additional decorative components will assist in focusing attention on the ceiling.
The main decoration of ceiling is a ceiling lamp or other kinds of lightning units. But in stylistic trends, which are used in a modern living room, decorative accents in form of ceiling moldings and frescoes are very popular.
Ceiling molding. Relief design is used to emphasize, to emphasize the entire surface and an individual part. The main decorative element is moldings, more specifically, crown moldings, which are installed along the perimeter to define the borders of the area. Natural ceiling molding is used to make raised pattern on the ceiling in any of classic styles.
Frescoes. This is a high-class kind of decoration technique, peculiar for classics. Frescoes are made both integrally and in the isolated area. The best variant of the ceiling fresco is painting on wet plaster, but, of course, there are cheaper imitations, for example, wallpapers with frescoes and films with the raised pattern.
There are kinds of finishing and decoration technique, which did not become a frequent practice in ceiling decoration of modern living rooms. The reason is a number of individual peculiarities of each material and stylistic preferences of a modern age.
Suspended ceiling. Suspended ceiling panels, which are often used for office premises, have a comfortable design, allowing locally replacing worn out details and concealing utilities. But this kind of ceiling lining with limited color gamma in black-and-grey color shades and straight position, with gridding, is very official and simple to decorate and complete the interior of dwelling-house.
Kasetons (cassoons). Polystyrene plates, imitating ceiling molding, have no advantages as a material. They are used for low budget cosmetic repairs. The surface appearance of this finishing material indicates low prices.
Celling plastering and leveling surface using mixes. Plaster as a main material for ceiling lining requires a number of works on preparing and leveling surface, moreover, it does not allow installing structures for the concealed wiring. The deep texture of material creates blackouts and spots of light, deforming the ceiling surface.
Painting. Painting always shows existing disadvantages of the ceiling, that is why painting requires the same preparatory works as plastering. For modern ceilings painting is the cheapest way, used only in the form of modification or in case if there is no need to install concealment for wires.
Whatever the interior is, good lightning is required for completeness of design. Modern premises are designed with due consideration of the set of rules:
- obligatory lightning of working area or perimeter using spot lights for a large area;
- obligatory central lightning;
- if there are two or more zones in living room, reasonably isolated from each other, individual central lightning shall be in each zone.
Lightning is always developed based on the requirements of area, its form, and division into functional parts. But the mentioned above rules shall be followed in all cases.
Spot lights, easily concealed in the ceiling cavity, are most often used. Traditional use of ceiling lamp is absolutely compensated by rows of spot lights and unordinary ceiling finishing.
The design of lightning units for modern living rooms very often has futuristic or minimalist peculiarities. Ceiling lamp always introduces coziness and completes the design, playing a role not only of a lightning unit but also a decorative component. Use of metal details and textile is welcomed.
Accent lighting is used for stretched ceilings and multilevel constructions. By means of usual or colorful lightning, particular surfaces of the construction are emphasized.