How can the right ceiling complement the interior design?

27 November 2020

The interior of a space is the first impression of a building and it needs to create an eye-catching experience. But comfort and well-being are also crucial factors when decorating the building, so interior design requires a delicate balance between art and science.

Llauat Palace Hotel,Spain,Mallorca,400 m²,Arantxa Guerrero,Seta Arqutectos,Rockfon Mono Acoustic,TE-edge,white

An origami-inspired acoustic ceiling at Llaut Palace Hotel

Inspiration from the Ancient Egyptians

The practice and profession of interior design are over 100 years old, and the roots of interior design can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptians.
They decorated their mud homes with animal skins, simple textiles, graphic biographical and spiritual murals, sculptures and painted urns. Throughout Ancient Egypt, the “soul houses” with ventilation, porticoes, columns, loggias, windows, and doors, are the decipher cues about interior design for several Egyptian dynasties.

The Roman and Greek civilisation advanced the Egyptian art of interior design, where accessorising was a part of showcasing and celebrating the civic pride e.g. the invention of the domed-roof public buildings. The Greek elaborated upon the design and brought wooden furniture with intricate ivory and silver decoration into the interior design, while the Romans married beauty and comfort in their homes. The two trends reflected wealth, social, and political status.

From wooden panelling to a focus on well-being and functionality

The on-going global wars created a sudden movement to focus on exactness throughout Medieval Europe.
The Dark Ages created a trend of sombre wood panelling, minimal, and solely practical furnishing, and stone-slab flooring. The interior design was muted as colours didn't exist and the main source to materials was stonework.
With the arrival of the French Renaissance, a renewed focus arrived and the inspiration arose from creativity. The current architects started to create home and spaces with substantial decorative notes with marble floors, ornate inlaid woodwork, and furniture from the finest materials.

Afterwards, the Italian Baroque made its entre and by the 18th century, the interior design was concerned about the Rococo style while being influenced by Asian stoneware, floral prints, and exotic details.

By the 20th century, functionality became a key component where the rapid growth in home appliances as stoves, washing machines, and televisions created a new challenge as the spaces couldn’t only be aesthetic.
The movement from 1930 to now emerged to a softer, suburban take on Modernism where colours, natural, and rustic elements are welcome and well-integrated into the interior.  The trend focus on that statement lighting should remain in a simple way to fit into the functionality of the homes.

Interior design was strictly been about coordinating the architecture of buildings to reflect the inhabitants. With the rise of middle-class society, the desire for interior design arose. Especially with the bigger movement of people during the industrial revolution, designing buildings and architecture for better use of space raised in popularity. The pursuit in making the best use of space along with the focus on well-being and functional design continues to push the development and the trends, we see today. 

The entry of technology has loosened the laces around the interior industry. Online services, platforms as Pinterest and Instagram, and apps with Augmented Reality have a significant impact on the industry, as well as the customer, experiences bigger transparency and made the high-end interior design available for everyone and every industry.[1]

Meininger Hotel,The Netherlands,Amsterdam,Christian Sandor Tschersich,LAVA Architecture,Rockfon Contour,Ac-edge,Chicago Metallic™ T24 Hook 2850

Rockfon Contour® at Meininger Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

Let’s agree on what the term “high-end interior design” cover

The luxury interior design depends on your personal preference and what the indoor space should fulfil. However, all high-end interior designs focus on curating elements to deliver comfort, quality, detail, and sophistication along with the touch of wow. Nowadays, luxury is not a matter of property but more a state of mind: a philosophy of living the best life available. The sense of style is what matters!

Interior design is defined as the art and science of enhancing the interior of space to create a polished and more aesthetically pleasing environment.

The term luxury belongs to temporary words like happiness, beauty, style, comfort. Therefore, high-end interior design must be well-executed and emphasize on quality to create a feeling of a better life.

How can a ceiling enhance the quality of the interior design?

When the word “ceiling” is mentioned, the thing that comes into our mind is mostly white, dull, and flat. At most times, the ceiling is not considered as a part of the interior design as many don’t consider a unique ceiling design when decorating.

Usually, ceilings are the last thing to design and therefore, it mainly ends up being white and not interfering with the design. But what if we told you, that an acoustic ceiling can provide the unique character that no art or furniture can do?

A ceiling is the “overhead interior surface” and should be considered as another wall to decorate. It covers the upper limit of a room and it can alter the dimensions of a space.

A great ceiling design should draw the eye and complement the rest of the interior design. The modern ceilings available today can do a whole more than just providing a plain white surface. The ceiling is not the limit as you can find ceiling solutions to create imaginable design visions. Architects can play with both the form and function to find the right design to complement the building.

Today, the focus is upon the well-being, comfort, and sustainability. The right ceiling solution can be energy efficient and daylight efficacy, where natural light will be drawn into space and transform the perception of the room. The daylight can maximise the comfort and usability of the interior spaces. 

Despite designer think about light and form and surface, the sound is not considered. Nevertheless, acoustic products are seen as an important feature in interior design. Noise reduction seems to become a major preoccupation in offices, restaurants, schools, and healthcare.

If you choose the right acoustic ceiling solution, it provides a better indoor climate with sound control, better speech intelligibility and great sound absorption so no noisy disturbance will occur. As well as it will complement the interior design vision.

When decorating a space, the architect and designer think about every little detail from the colours on the walls to how visitors will feel and experience the room when they enter. So, why don’t choose a ceiling that wraps the last knot and give the ultimate experience of the interior?[2]  

You can really influence the fit and feel of a space when you use the ceiling plane as a design element.

Deb Barnes

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN WITH HGA ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

Ten tips to achieve the high-end interior design

  1. Define the interior design style that should reflect your building
  2. Find what inspires you and how it can enhance your brand
  3. Plan your space strategically to how customers perceive your building
  4. Include touches of glam
  5. Layering and create a never-ending design
  6. Explore colours and effects as a part to complement your environment
  7. Lighting defines the mood and set the scene
  8. Go big and size up - find statement pieces
  9. Windows can create a dramatic touch for a wow-effect
  10. Create a feeling of a home

Let Rockfon acoustic ceiling solutions be the wow-factor for your interior design

We spent more and more time inside and the indoor climate have an impact on our lives. But the sad fact is that most rooms suffer from what we call high reverberation time and poor sound control. It refers to that the sound “hangs” around within the room long after the sound has been produced. Therefore, the quality of the ceiling is important to consider when decorating as it can provide a healthier environment with great sound absorption and create privacy for the inhabitants whether it’s in offices, learning spaces, or restaurants.

The successful meeting of style, comfort and top-grade solutions can produce elegant spaces. With Rockfon, you can choose between a variety of great acoustic ceiling design solutions that can enhance your design.

We provide acoustic stone wool ceiling and wall solutions and grid systems, offering a comprehensive range of ceiling tiles, baffles, wall panels and islands so you can choose the shape for your design.

Rockfon acoustic ceiling designs create sustainable, beautiful spaces which protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a valuable contribution to the well-being and comfort. 

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