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January 19th, 2004

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   greenpin.gif (614 bytes)It's in the Details

- Using Ceilings to their full Potential

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Attention to ceiling detail has long been a part of design in retail and hospitality environments. The ceiling is used to draw attention and add interest to the overall space, leaving no area for the eye to wander without eliciting some emotion or appeal. Obvious applications of strong color and theatric elements pop up in new public spaces everywhere. In recent years, the trend has been to incorporate some of these design elements in corporate and commercial spaces. Conservative details used in ceiling design give the space an essence of finesse and polish without going over the top. During the schematic phase consideration should be given to this often-underused area to further enhance the design.

Utilizing drywall ceiling (flat or curved) with incorporated indirect lighting concealed by coves adds to the overall interest of the space. Drywall, together with lighting, can be used to create layers of ceiling elements. In spaces that lack an abundance of natural light and have average height ceilings, a light cove will create height and wash the space with additional light. When space allows, the addition of a vaulted area draws the eye up adding height to the space. Lowered soffits around the perimeter outline and define spaces within the interior. This treatment can be helpful in directing customers through a space and highlighting key areas.

A more conventional ceiling solution for a space that may lack interest is the use of specialty ceiling tiles readily available from leading vendors. Acoustical tiles in ornate coffer designs can be used to further establish the grandeur of a space. In an excessively large area, deep coffers will help in bringing the ceiling "down" and into scale with the space being designed. In addition, the revival of tin pan tiles are a wonderful way to cozy up a small space.

The use of color and special materials can enliven the space by adding visual appeal to the ceiling, thereby creating a finished design and comfortable atmosphere. So when designing your space, start with the floor but don't forget the ceiling.

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