There are many opportunities to make a modern version of a plasterboard ceiling in the living room interior. This relatively cheap and easily processed material that allows you to create almost any shape, even without experience in construction, is why it is very popular. Some people manage to turn their living room into a real masterpiece of art, thanks to interesting projects.
Drywall was invented back in the century before last, in our country it was used back in the 50s of the last century. It was widely used for the renovation of apartments and office premises only 20 years ago. This was due to the reduction in the cost of production, the availability of materials and tools for installation. Gradually, he moved from offices and other premises to apartments and country houses.
Gypsum plasterboard consists of two layers of thick construction paper and a layer of hardened gypsum with a filler between them. Its thickness can be from 9.5 to 12.5 mm; sheets of 9.5 mm are usually used for finishing ceilings. There are moisture resistant and fireproof grades of this material..
For finishing the ceilings in the living room, standard sizes of plasterboard sheets of 2000, 2500 or 3000 x 1200 mm are suitable. Due to their lightness, they can be attached to glue, “liquid nails” or a frame made of a thin metal profile. After creating the desired shapes, the material can be decorated, experimenting with colors and patterns.
Plasterboard ceilings for the living room have their own advantages, the main of which are:
- cheapness of the material;
- ease of cutting and installation;
- the possibility of using any decor;
- ecological cleanliness
- hydrophobicity of the material.
To create a unique interior design in the living room, 3-4 standard sheets of drywall will be enough. At the same time, you can create a unique design, drawing up a project of the future ceiling in detail..
Plasterboard ceilings in the living room can be:
The simplest single-level suspended ceiling can create a perfectly flat surface, which can be further painted in the color you like. This is especially true for old apartments in Soviet Khrushchev buildings, in which one side of the ceiling is higher than the other. Such material will help hide the seams and joints of the panels, traces of leaks and streaks. You can hide existing communications under it. A single-level plasterboard ceiling is mounted on metal profile slats at a distance of 5-7 cm from the main floor.
This niche is quite enough to level a horizontal surface, hide electrical wires and other communications, and even place spotlights that will complement the main lighting in the living room..
The owners want to make multi-level ceilings in the living room if they are not satisfied with one plane, but want to impress the guests. It is worth remembering that several tiers in such structures with a thickness of 15-25 cm take the height of the walls. Two-level, three-level ceilings are not recommended if the distance from floor to ceiling is less than 2.2 m.In such cases, a visual weighting of the interior is created.
The simplest 2-level ceiling in the living room can be made by dividing it into two rectangular sections. The first tier, raised by 10-15 cm, can be located at the entrance to the room. The second (lower) tier should be done by the window, visually separating the recreation area, where you can place, for example, a sofa, armchairs, a coffee table. This method will help to achieve the zoning of the premises, which is currently in demand in the design of apartments. When dividing the ceiling in a living room into two halves, you can use more complex shapes (for example, an arc or wavy lines). Smooth borders can add coziness and an atmosphere of relaxation to the interior of the room..
Another popular type of plasterboard ceiling in the living room is “drowning” its central part and a 20-30 cm wide frame protruding around the perimeter. Thanks to right angles and similar lines, it can be easily done in a room of any size. Often such decor is made with lighting hidden in a niche of a drywall frame. It turns out that additional dim light is pouring from the inside. This is especially true for a room designed for relaxation..
A multi-level ceiling in such a room can be made in the form of steps that rise from the edge to the center. 2-3 tiers are enough, which can be straight, or in the form of intricate curved contours. It is important to observe moderation, avoiding unnecessary piling up of steps.. In this case, the central part (the highest level) should occupy most of the area of the room..
Hybrid varieties are a combination of several materials. For example, a plasterboard frame can be located along the perimeter along the walls of the hall, and a stretch ceiling can be located in the middle. This is a special elastic film, which by its external texture can imitate various materials (fabric, marble, wood). The complexity of installation is compensated by the fact that the result is a chic and intricate design. You can combine a drywall frame with mirrors, stucco, painting, photo printing and other decorative elements.
With the help of drywall, you can create an apartment interior in any style, from classic and pompous directions to strict minimalistic compositions with straight lines. At the same time, it is possible to demonstrate luxury, dynamics and simplicity: it all depends on the chosen design idea. Laconic minimalism can be created by making a frame in 2 or 3 tiers around the perimeter of the room, adding several built-in lamps to it.
It is enough to use 2-3 lamps on each side, point halogen or LED light sources are best suited for this..
To visually increase the space in the center, you can mount mirrors. If you don’t want to bother with bulky and fragile structures, there is always the opportunity to hang a stretch ceiling with a glossy texture. He is able to add illumination to the living room. Using this pliable material, you can create a living room in the styles of classic, classicism, neoclassicism, using the elements familiar to these designs..
On the ceiling there can be stucco ornaments, images of flowers, pilasters, medallions, gilding and bas-reliefs. These details can harmoniously go into wall decoration, columns, decorative fireplace. Another distinctive feature of the classic design of the living room is observance of symmetry, harmonious combination of proportions of all elements (the rule of the golden ratio). All this can be achieved using drywall..
To create a chic and pompous living room interior, there are various ideas for a plasterboard ceiling. Such projects are most suitable for rooms with a large area. Usually they use several levels, a variety of colors, a large number of built-in spotlights. In a large living room of a country house or hotel, you can use stepped ceilings, elements of several geometric shapes with hidden lighting or abstract compositions..
Often there are original projects of multi-level plasterboard ceilings with a figure in the middle in the form of a star or a spiral, diverging towards the walls. The center of the composition is usually crowned with a massive chandelier. Such ideas are used if they want to emphasize the chic or sophistication of their home, usually complementing them with bright or contrasting colors..
In order not to overload the interior of the hall, the total number of furniture parts is reduced.
For a small living room of a city apartment, there are also modern designs of two-level ceilings. Straight lines, several bright spotlights in a niche, an even white color, and the absence of decorative elements give a style that is quite relevant for modern times, visually increasing the space. In a harmonious combination with furniture, wall decoration, flooring and decor, such ceilings complement the well-thought-out interiors of small studio apartments and directions loft. At the same time, the ceiling composition is often complemented by creative lamps and imitation of beams..
How to choose?
The choice of a ceiling project for the living room will initially whistle on its size. You should not create massive multi-level structures of complex geometric shapes if the area of the room does not exceed 18 square meters. m. or even less. For such small rooms, a single-level suspended ceiling is most suitable, in which you can mount several bright spotlights around the perimeter. To increase the volume, it can be made light or with a glossy reflective surface..
Another solution for the largest room in Khrushchev is to divide the room into 2 functional zones using drywall. It is not necessary to make a simple transition from one tier to another; you can come up with an elegant corner or a smooth wavy line.
Drywall is easy to cut with an ordinary stationery knife and also breaks easily, taking any bizarre shape. At the same time, it will not be difficult to bend as you like and the metal profile, which is necessary for a rigid ceiling frame.
For spacious living rooms with an area of more than 20 sq. m, it is worth choosing a more complex design, multi-level frames, different lighting in different functional areas of the room. Depending on the decor and wall decoration, you can choose the appropriate style (for example, classic or modern high-tech, abstraction or geometric shapes). For small details that emphasize the luxurious look of the apartment, you can use plaster casts, which can be easily created from the remains of a whole sheet. Any graceful decor can be made.
In a large living room, a hybrid version of the design will look good, when a stretch ceiling is used in the middle of the room with any of the possible textures: fabric, mirror, metal, marble or wood. The choice is made based on the rest of the interior details. This solution also has additional advantages – the heat and sound insulation of the room increases. As for the material itself, waterproof drywall should be chosen for finishing the ceilings in the living room. It has a green color, the thickness should be no more than 9.5 mm (this will simplify the installation of sheets on a horizontal surface).
Hall design examples
To see what architectural masterpieces can be created from this simple material, it is worth considering some beautiful examples..
Simple frame models around the perimeter of a small Khrushchev room with built-in lighting can be very elegant. Such a solution fits well into the modest interior of a small-sized living room..
A chic solution for a spacious room using simple geometric shapes. Thanks to various spotlights and a glossy surface, additional volume is created.
You can create stunning designs by using a mirror image in the center of the room. Stylish two-level ceiling with colored lighting looks spectacular.
Stretch ceiling with a picture of the starry sky, surrounded by a complex plasterboard frame. The combination of two materials can impress guests.
An abstract style of curved lines with dim lighting creates an atmosphere of relaxation and relaxation in the room. It will not be difficult to make such a model out of drywall..
How to make a plasterboard ceiling with your own hands, see the next video.