How long does it take to turn a house into a home? When your family moves into a new house, it’s either full of the memories of previous owners or if it’s freshly built, a blank canvas waiting for an artist’s brush. The house gradually makes the transformation into becoming your home as each room takes on the personality of your family and you add your own memories to those already contained within its walls.
If you’re like many homeowners, you may discover that doing work on your own home can be very satisfying — almost as if a part of you remains in each room that undergoes renovation. It can be a great feeling to walk into a room and know that you installed the wood paneling on the walls, the hardwood flooring, or the crown molding at the ceiling — the room now reflects your personality and the house is on its way to becoming your home.
Decorative Ceiling Tiles
A great method for putting your own unique stamp on your room renovations is to choose a few materials that aren’t found in just about every other house in your neighborhood. Try using Brazilian Cherry or Tigerwood flooring rather than the Oak or Maple hardwoods that are more commonly used or if you’re adding wainscoting below a chair rail, old reclaimed wood may add character to the space that you’ll never achieve with new beadboard.
One of the most visually appealing and dramatic ways of adding your personality to a room is by installing a ceiling treatment. Beams and box beams are an option and coffered ceilings are also nice, but if you really want to make a statement, consider installing decorative ceiling tiles.
Ceiling tiles have been used in restaurant design for many years as an accent for their interior decor and their unique characteristics have caused their popularity for residential use to rapidly grow. Decorative ceiling tiles are usually made from tin, faux tin, or styrofoam and the style options available to choose from are almost countless.
The tiles can be a great choice for the casual DIYer as installation can be a breeze and you should be able to use them on just about any ceiling surface. Styrofoam tiles can easily be cut with a utility knife and all it takes is a little bit of adhesive to hold them in place. Add some caulk at the joints and a coat or two of paint and you’ll not only have a ceiling that reflects your personality — your house will be one step closer to becoming a home.