Some time ago, suspended ceilings were considered an unusual element of interior decoration, a wonder, a pride of the owners and the envy of their neighbors. As a component of the general repair of the room, stretch ceilings began to be applied relatively recently – from about the 60s of the last century. Previously, this type of ceiling repair was used mainly in residential areas and in the kitchen. Today, the stretch ceiling in the bathroom, the photo of which is gaining a lot of positive feedback, is becoming increasingly popular.
Stretch ceiling in the bathroom, photos and design options
Thanks to the use of advanced technologies and modern materials, repairs in the bathroom using stretch ceilings are quick, easy and not too expensive. Practical and aesthetic characteristics of this type of decor suggest that stretch ceilings in the bathroom are by far the most optimal option for bathroom design.
Consider the main advantages of a bathroom with suspended ceilings on the example of the presented photos and options for ready-made design solutions.
The main practical indicators for installing suspended ceilings in the bathroom are as follows:
- high humidity in the bathroom involves the use of waterproof materials for the repair of this room. Stretch ceilings are made of polyvinyl chloride film, which is not afraid of damp;
- synthetic fabric stretch ceiling is not susceptible to mold, therefore it is environmentally safe for humans;
- stretch ceilings practically do not fog up and are easy to clean with conventional detergents;
- durability of stretch ceilings (the term of use ranges from 15 to 30 years) due to the use of materials with high performance properties that are not affected by humidity and temperature changes;
- the ability to hide communications and wiring under the tension ceiling construction allows building complex decorative structures in the bathroom;
- simplicity and speed of installation allows you to create a designer ceiling in a matter of hours, as they say “no noise and dust”;
- stretch ceilings are not afraid of flooding by neighbors, as its canvas is able to withstand up to 150 liters of water. In this case, the water is simply drained and the ceiling is again ready for use.
Important! In the case of flooding from above, it is undesirable to drain the water yourself; it is best to call the repair team that installed the suspended ceiling. Otherwise, flooding of the bathing room may occur, and the design of the stretch ceiling will be damaged.
Stretch ceilings have almost unlimited aesthetic properties. With the help of this type of bathroom design, you can create a “room of your dreams”, giving free rein to your own imagination. Modern manufacturers offer stretch ceilings (photos and decor options are presented below) of various textures and extensive colors. You can choose the color of the ceiling for the bathroom, starting from the palette of ceramic tiles and design of sanitary furniture, or in accordance with the aesthetics of decorative elements.
With the help of modern technology of transferring images to the fabric, you can create a unique stretch ceiling in the bathroom (photo or illustration “rolls” on the fabric). So get the ceiling under the order with any pattern. Extensive possibilities of the stretch ceiling allow you to repair the bathroom in a different style, whether it be a folk-image in the form of a country bath, an “underwater kingdom” or a space version with a starry sky on the ceiling (see photo below).
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When choosing a stretch ceiling shade, it is better to focus on the well-known design axioms: white color increases space, dark color decreases. When installing the ceiling in a small bathroom, use cold colors: white, blue, blue or purple. The large bath allows decoration with warm colors and rich finish. Recently, the repetition of bright details on the ceiling and other decorative elements is considered to be a fashionable bathroom design. Classic bath involves the use of white matte stretch ceiling.
The possibility of mounting the stretch ceiling allows you to create structures of different levels. As seen in the photo, a large bath with multi-level stretch ceilings and a variety of lamps looks just enchanting. Fans of bright aesthetics and individual approach to the decor can be confident in the perfect exclusivity of such a design.
Fabric for suspended ceilings and features of the texture. Stretch ceilings come with a matte and glossy surface.
As you know, a shiny film has reflective properties and can create a magnifying effect. The space of a small bathroom can be visually expanded using the mirror surface of the stretch ceiling in the bathroom (photos are shown below). When deciding on the choice of the texture of the stretch ceiling, it is necessary to take into account that on glossy surfaces there are more noticeable signs of fogging and water droplets, such a ceiling will have to be wiped much more frequently opaque.
Frosted ceiling will bring the hostess less trouble with cleaning, but will not add a few inches of visual centimeters to the bathroom.
Helpful advice! In order to avoid scratching the ceiling, do not use abrasive powders or hard brushes to wash stretch ceilings.
Before deciding on the type of ceiling in the bathroom, it is advisable to study the reviews in advance, view photos of stretch ceilings in the bathroom, select the desired design of ready-made solutions, learn about the features of its installation. On the Internet there is a lot of information on the subject of suspended ceilings in the bathroom, photos of which are presented on various repair sites.
As a rule, the average bathroom is a small and dark room. That stretch ceiling will help to visually “push” the bathroom space. With the help of a stretch ceiling of a certain texture and color, as well as properly selected lamps, you can visually increase the volume of the bathroom.
Arrangement of lighting in the stretch ceiling is easy, since all communications are hidden under the ceiling, and holes for the lamps are cut in the fabric of the stretch ceiling (the photo is presented in this article).
Before the installation of the stretch ceiling is made, it is necessary to determine the points of illumination precisely, since after the installation of the entire structure has been completed, changes in the illumination location will be impossible. Conveniently, absolutely any spotlights or lamps, and even small chandeliers can be installed in suspended ceilings.
Insert lighting produced through the holes in the fabric for special plastic rings that are mounted in the ceiling. The power of incandescent lamps used should be no more than 60 W, halogen lamps up to 35 W, and the power of energy-saving lamps can be any.
Important! In order to avoid the appearance of dark and ugly stains on the stretch ceiling when arranging the lighting, it is necessary to evenly place the lamps around the entire space of the bathroom (as shown in the photo).
One of the advantages of installing a stretch ceiling is the ease and speed of installation. According to reviews, an important factor for homeowners is also the fact that when arranging a stretch ceiling in the bathroom, cleanliness is maintained in the room, there is no construction debris that is usual during repairs.
Speaking about the features of the installation of a stretch ceiling, the question may arise: a stretch ceiling in the bathroom and a tile, what used to be? In what sequence is it necessary to repair the bathroom?
If the zone of connection between the stretch ceiling and the tile is on the same level, then the ceiling can be installed directly on the tile.
Important! Ceramic tiles must be glued to high-quality glue, without voids, otherwise cracking may occur when installing the stretch ceiling on the tile.
If the first to install a suspended ceiling, then the tile will then have to be lowered at least 5 cm below the line connecting the ceiling to the wall. It is also possible to install the stretch ceiling in the bathroom on the laid tile, having previously removed its first row (in order to avoid damage).
The optimal equipment sequence is shown in the photo of stretch ceilings in the bathroom below and involves the following steps:
- mounting mounting profile for installation of a stretch ceiling;
- laying tile 5 cm below the mounting profile;
- installation of canvas stretch ceiling;
- fastening decorative inserts.
After installation of the stretch ceiling, a technological gap is formed between the wall and the ceiling cloth, since construction involves mounting the ceiling to the mounting profile. Close this natural gap must be ceiling moldings. However, hard skirting is difficult to attach to a thin synthetic film of a stretch ceiling, so an alternative to it is a special soft decorative insert for stretch ceilings (the photo is shown below). Such a functional element of the decor perfectly masks the transition from the wall to the ceiling, making it smooth and invisible.
Decorative insert is a flexible and durable polymer tape and is ideal for the construction of complex multi-level stretch ceilings, as well as ceilings of irregular shape.
Installation of decorative inserts for suspended ceilings is quite simple and does not require the use of special glue or special tools. The insert is quick and easy to install, tight to the ceiling and the wall. As can be seen from the presented photo, the camouflage insert is inserted into the groove between the wall and the structure of the stretch ceiling, and actually enters the cavity of the mounting profile.
Usually, a decorative insert is acquired in the color of a stretch ceiling in order to make the transition imperceptible. Decorative insert is available in several types, in a variety of colors, and you can buy it in any building hypermarkets.
The disadvantages of the stretch ceiling in the bathroom include the following:
- the complexity of the installation of its own;
- the vulnerability of the ceiling fabric to physical impact;
- installation cost.
Having a special equipment – a heat gun and a professional tool, you can try to install the stretch ceiling yourself. However, it is better to use the services of experienced professionals, as the installation of the ceiling requires certain skills.
The second drawback of the stretch ceiling is the vulnerability of the ceiling fabric, which can be torn up by careless handling. When operating stretch ceilings, you must follow simple rules. It is advisable not to repair the ceiling on your own, not to paint, not to exert a mechanical effect on it, and when washing, try not to damage the film.
It must be admitted that one of the major drawbacks of installing a stretch ceiling in a bathroom is the financial cost. So, the price of good quality PVC film will be from $ 5.00. for 1 square meter and above. However, the situation in this market of services today is noticeably improving.
Due to the rather large number of companies operating in this segment, the cost of installing suspended ceilings is becoming cheaper. Given the small size of the bathroom and the competition between sellers, the price of a stretch ceiling in a given room today is not much higher than the cost of a standard finish.
Stretch ceiling – this is a great modern alternative to the outdated type of finishing works in the bathroom. Numerous consumer reviews indicate that the design of a bathroom with a stretch ceiling is becoming increasingly popular type of decoration and is becoming increasingly popular today.