Add a Touch of Elegance and Nostalgia With a Tin Ceiling

by Carmen Corbin on December 27, 2011

Found in historic buildings large and small, it’s a strikingly beautiful element of Victorian design – the tin ceiling.  Throughout much of the 1800’s and beyond the turn of the last century, these decorative ceilings were used in many types of homes, businesses and public buildings, and thankfully, many authentic tin ceilings have been preserved so that we may still admire them today.

Homeowners looking to recreate the look of a bygone era, or just add a unique accent to their home, will be happy to know that tin ceilings are making a comeback, and can even be installed as a DIY home improvement project. 

A Classic Accent for Any Room

You don’t have to have a historic, sprawling mansion or even a grand dining room to incorporate tin ceiling panels into your interior.  While most panels come in 24” square sizes, there are also smaller ones available to complement a smaller room size.  The American Tin Ceiling Company ( recommends installing a 12” size for any room 12’x12’ or smaller; and even a 6” size if the space is less than 6’x6’.

Colors:  If you’re planning a kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project, a tin ceiling may just be the elegant finishing touch you’ve been looking for.  The elegant panels come in various shades of white, silver, copper, gold, bronze and burgundy; and can even be found in specialty shades of green, black and more.  Unfinished panels usually have the patina of brushed nickel.

Patterns:  You can find an almost endless variety of patterns.  The American Tin Ceiling Company offers 35 different patterns of its own, featuring block, floral, hammered, geometric, simple and very ornate designs.

Applications:  Aside from their use in kitchen, bathroom, dining room and bedroom ceilings, tin panels are often used in finished basements and foyers.  The panels also can be installed as a backsplash, or even wainscoting.  Traditional wood or tin crown molding and trim pieces are used to finish off the borders.

Although more expensive than a painted drywall ceiling, a tin ceiling will be an exciting feature in your home, and will most likely increase the resale value.  Prices range from $7.00 per unfinished tin panel up to around $45 per panel for copper, bronze and special artisan pieces.  The average price per panel is about $15 at The American Tin Ceiling Company.

For more ideas on how to use tin ceiling panels in your home, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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