Painting Drop Ceiling Tiles Is Not The Only Option. Heard of Decorative Drop Ceiling Tiles?

Written by Milan Jara on 3rd May 2022

Drop Ceiling Tiles

Painting drop ceiling tiles isn’t the only option for an old ceiling. Use decorative drop ceiling tiles instead to add color and charm.

Let's face it. Drop ceiling tiles can become stale and unsightly to look at each time you are in a room. For most people, painting drop ceiling tiles is the first option. The truth is that painting isn't the only option, and there are more viable ones like installing decorative ceiling tiles.

This article explores using drop ceiling tiles as a decorative material to replace old, unpleasant drop ceiling tiles instead of painting them.

When to Paint Old Drop Ceiling Tiles

Even as we advocate not painting old ceiling tiles, you can paint your tiles if:

  • You want a ceiling color change. Most ceilings are white, which can get boring after a while. Painting the ceiling another color is a good way to change up its look.
  • You want a new pattern the economical way. Instead of having ceiling tiles of only one color, you can make up a new design by systematically painting the tiles with different colors to make a unique pattern.

When Not to Paint Old Drop Ceiling Tiles

You might want to hold off painting your ceiling tiles if:

  • Your area's atmosphere is known to easily damage paint by cracking and peeling.
  • You have acoustical tiles whose pores you must not cover otherwise they would lose their sound absorption ability.
  • You don't have much time to pull down each tile and paint it thoroughly before replacing it.
  • You can easily find beautiful decorative suspended ceiling tiles.

Decorative Drop Ceiling Tiles as an Alternative to Painting Ceiling Tiles

When you can't paint stale drop ceiling tiles, decorative suspended ceiling tiles are a great option for redefining your ceiling. The good news is that, unlike painting, where it's best to pull down the tiles, you don't have to remove the tiles to install new ones.

The new ceiling tiles can go over the unsightly ones, and your ceiling will still be the right height because the new tiles are fairly thin and won't add too much thickness.

Advantages of Decorative Drop Ceiling Tiles

Decorative ceiling tiles come with several disadvantages, such as:

  • Quick and easy installation. The tiles are easy to install over the old tiles through drop-in, glue-up, or nail-up methods
  • The tiles can be installed over the old ones using the existing grid system.
  • Save time and get the project completed quickly.
  • Multiplicity and versatility in designs, colors, patterns, and styles.

Replacing Old Ceiling Tiles with Our Decorative Ceiling Tiles

It's easy to replace your old ceiling tiles with our decorative tiles for drop ceilings. Our tiles come in various designs, sizes, patterns, materials, colors, and styles.

Depending on your preference, you can choose tile colors like:

  • Black
  • Antique brass
  • White
  • Green
  • White matte
  • Black matte
  • Antique copper
  • Clear coated aluminum
  • Variegated crimson

The various materials used to make our drop ceiling tiles include aluminum, PVC/faux tin, copper, tin-plated steel, rustic steel, and styrene.

The available sizes of drop ceiling tiles include 24" x 1", 24" x 12", 24" x 24", and 24" x 48".

Our drop-in ceiling tiles come in various styles like modern, traditional, and contemporary.

Types of Decorative Ceiling Tiles

At Decorative Ceiling Tiles, we have the following drop ceiling tile types that you can choose from to revive your ceiling's look rather than painting the old tiles.

Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles

Faux Tin Ceiling Tile

You can use our faux tin ceiling tiles to reskin your ceiling for a new look with more charm and character. The drop-in faux tin tiles come mostly in sizes 24" x 24" and 24" x 48" and colors such as antique gold, brass, copper, antique silver, black matte, and Tiffany white.

The styles available for the faux tin drop ceiling tiles include modern, oriental, Victorian, traditional, Mediterranean, classic, contemporary, antique, and Greek Revival.

Some best-selling faux tin ceiling tiles to consider include:

Hand Painted Ceiling Tiles

Hand Painted Ceiling Tile

Our hand-painted suspended ceiling tiles are available in colors like antique rustic black, French blue, cooler green patina, burnt crimson, Espresso gold, antique cream, and bronze-green patina.

The tiles are painted by hand for the best paintwork results. The only downside is that if you choose to go with the hand-painted tiles, you might have to wait a bit longer for your order to be completed.

Line the faux tin tiles, the hand-painted suspended ceiling tiles are available in different styles such as traditional, Mediterranean, modern, contemporary, Victorian, and traditional Roman.

You can choose from our hand-painted tiles such as:

Luminous Ceiling Tiles

Luminous Ceiling Tile

Luminous ceiling tiles are a great option when you want a more illuminated ceiling space. They are available in Tiffany white color and modern style. The tiles are compatible with suspended ceilings.

You can choose from luminous ceiling tiles like:

Powder Coated Ceiling Tiles

Powder Coated Ceiling Tile

Our powder-coated drop ceiling tiles are available in colors like black, bronze vein, enchanted sand, copper vein, gold nugget, cherrywood, champagne, fire engine red, and eggshell white.

You can choose from powder coated Shanko tiles such as:

Rusted Steel Ceiling Tiles

Rusted Steel Ceiling Tile

If you would like the old rustic steel look on your ceiling, you can try our corrugated metal Dakota Tin ceiling tiles.

Shanko Tin Ceiling Tiles

Shanko Tin Ceiling Tile

Real metal tiles are also a great option for gracing your ceiling. Our US-made metal tiles measure 24" x 24" and are made of tin-plated steel. They are available in black, bronze, cherrywood, fire engine red, champagne, and gold nugget.

The available tin plated steel ceiling tiles include:


Whenever you want to give your ceiling tiles a new look, you can always consider painting them with one uniform color or several colors if you want to introduce a new pattern.

However, painting drop ceiling tiles is not the only option. You can renew your ceiling by installing our decorative ceiling tiles over the old tiles. These beautiful tiles come in various colors, sizes, designs, patterns, types, and material construction.

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