Your bathroom ceiling may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to renovating your home. Maybe the bathroom ceiling looks perfectly fine to you, leaving you with no room to convince your significant other (or yourself) that spending money on it is worth it. After all, a lick of paint to match the color scheme of the walls or add and an accent color and a few basic ceiling lights is fine, right? Well, not really! To paint the ceiling or to have flat a sheetrock or popcorn ceiling is no way to live your fabulously decorative life. If the rest of your home has enjoyed the perks of getting a facelift, your bathroom ceiling deserves it, too!
Whether you are looking to improve a suspended ceiling or drop ceiling with beautiful panels or want a floor to ceiling overhaul and finally rid that ugly mold and mildew that has been taking hold in the corner, you’ve come to the right place.Let’s take a look at how to create six of the most unique bathroom ceiling designsincorporate your bathroom ceiling and overall interior design!
Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles
Rustic chic meets affordability—sign us up! Your bathroom ceiling will never look so good as it does with these Styrofoam ceiling tiles that add a bit of rustic chic vibes to the space. You can see the designer coupled these quaint and dainty ceiling tiles with shiplapped walls. This is a great combination to drive your bathroom ceiling toward the full-on cottage feel effect.
Fake Wood Beams
Larger bathrooms tend to have a hard time when it comes to decorating. Some homeowners simply do not know what to do with the bathroom ceiling itself. However, wood beams bring the space closer together, which means you can feel cozier while taking a bath. Real wood beams are often expensive. There are fake wood beams you can buy that look exactly like the real deal but cost you way less money. Sometimes, they can even make a (purposefully) minimalistic area look more inviting and less sterile.
Chip and Joanna Gaines from the television show Fixer Upper really brought shiplap into the spotlight in recent years. Thanks to these two rustic chic renovators, homes across the country have started using shiplap in any possible way they can. One way that shiplap can be used (and look good) is on a bathroom ceiling. While it might not sound like it would fit at first, considering the overall scheme of the bathroom might persuade you otherwise. Shiplap on a bathroom ceiling really brings a different level of style to the space that otherwise is left to its own devices.
Whether you opt for a synthetic material like PVC or an all-natural material like metal, ceiling tiles are great options for any bathroom ceiling renovations. Sheetrock is boring and doesn’t have any character whatsoever. Bathroom ceiling tiles have quite the opposite effect on the bathroom dweller. You could choose to go with something more standard like squares, or you could choose ceiling tiles that have designs. No matter your choice, you will transform your bathroom ceiling with ceiling tiles easily. Just be sure to pick materials that are water resistant (ceiling tiles as well as installation materials).
Faux Crown Molding
This one might be slightly unexpected, but it is a design technique that could be inexpensive and easy to install. Faux crown molding is great for bathroom ceilings because they are lightweight, water resistant, and easy to manipulate. You can place them on the bathroom ceiling in specific designs, squares, or put battery-operated lights on their sides to give the illusion that you have trey ceilings on your bathroom ceiling.
If you don’t want to do a design, you could simply use the faux crown molding like you would any other crown molding—place it around the perimeter of the bathroom ceiling. Either way, you’re adding character and depth to an otherwise thoughtless area.
Tips Before Installing a New Bathroom Ceiling
1. Always pick a material that is water-resistant. This might seem like a no-brainer for most of you, but you’d be surprised how many people neglect this when selecting a material. If you choose something that isn’t water-resistant, your bathroom ceiling could suffer from mold, water damage, or possible rot underneath the surface. You can easily find out whether the material is resistant to water by asking local hardware professionals.
2. Choose caulk and other installation materials that are also water-resistant. If you use regular caulk, you are not guaranteed that water won’t degrade the material over time. There are water resistant caulk options that you can find at your hardware store.
3. Be careful of any plumbing that may be in the bathroom ceiling during installation. Make sure you know where pipes are located, what to do with the shower head plumbing, etc. Ask your builder for the blueprint plans if possible or consult a plumber before installing a new bathroom ceiling. Their job might not be to install the bathroom ceiling for you, but they can help you scope out what to avoid and how to avoid it. Plumbing issues are not cheap and they are definitely something you can avoid!
4. Make your cuts prior to installation. You might have an exhaust fan, light fixtures, and/or shower heads that will require special attention before installing a new bathroom ceiling. The new bathroom ceiling you’re planning to install might not require any prior cuts to the material.If it does, you should cut before you start the installation. There is nothing harder than trying to cut while the material is on the ceiling!
5. Before you install any type of new material to your bathroom ceiling, inspect the current ceiling for any mold or water damage. If you find anything concerning beneath/on the surface of your bathroom ceiling, you will need to get a licensed professional in to inspect the concern immediately. If you install new material over the mold or water damage, you could be risking future problems that will require much more money to fix later down the road. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Giving your bathroom ceiling a facelift could be something you never thought of before today, but you’ll be glad you did! While most people don’t look above the shower curtain, when you do, you’ll be happy to see the overall finished product that your bathroom ceiling and how it can dramatically improve your interior.