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Neutral palette interiors almost bordering on the stark are alleviated by vibrant Indian textiles and bejewelled brass chandeliers. Discover more tips from this home in Vadodara
So, is it a yes or a no?I’d give it a resounding yes, space and budget permitting. A false ceiling is the best way to play around with the design and aesthetics of a room – and what a large canvas it is! A mass of ‘dead space’ waiting to be designed in different shapes, in a myriad of materials and embellished as you please – what’s not to love!Read more:Which False Ceiling Material is Better: Gypsum or POP?5 Ways to Amp Up With False CeilingsTell us:What are your insights on false ceilings? Share in Comments below.
Light up a false ceilingTransform a dropped ceiling into a shining star with embellished ethnic fabric. Consider splitting your false ceiling into segments and fitting designs alternately to weave a visually stimulating tapestry.This Ahmedabad living room by Dipen Gada and Associates is given a rich infusion of royal blue, thanks to the classic gold-patterned fabrics sheathing the false ceiling.
6. …or the ceilingOne unexpected way to wake up neutral scheme is by dabbling with a dash of colour on the ceiling. The key is to use a vibrant colour or pattern over a relatively small patch for a touch of drama. A unique patterned teal blast by Dipen Gada & Associates peps up the tempo this living room’s overhead.
Add a faux fabric ceilingA flush-mounted ceiling can make a dazzling display in a minimalist room. Divide your faux ceiling into quadrants and dress opposite squares in identical embellished fabric sourced from an upholstery shop. Pick two complementary fabrics before you begin. This will provide visual stimulation, especially if you have a starkly clean space, like this one here. Tip: Suspend an antique brass chandelier to complete the traditional aesthetic.
4. Spotlight effectIn a contemporary white Moroccan setting, the dash of Aegean and denim-blue paint on the false ceiling gives an exquisite edge to the drawing room. Since the ceiling makes such a dramatic statement in the centre of the room, all other elements like the sofas, the cylindrical white corner lamp and the stone-studded hanging lantern have been carefully chosen in subdued tones so that there is no clash of colour. Tip: Instead of using paint on the false ceiling, one can put floral tiles in two different colours, and match the furniture around them.5 ways to amp up with false ceilings
12. Follow the lightThere is no doubt that the star attraction of this living room is its ceiling. The square faux ceiling with the brass pendant lamp sets a traditional tone in this room by Dipen Gada and Associates. The kitsch patterns on the cushions bring out the colours in the hanging lamp, and the little pops of red contrast with the blues in the ceiling. While the colours take the centre stage, monochromatic pictures on the wall were picked to amplify the bursts of brighter shades.
Look up to the ceiling Don’t restrict the pop of colours to just the floor and walls when there’s so much you can do with the ceilings too. Paint it in vibrant hues or embellish it with fabric. Take a cue from this home where Dipen Gada and Associates uses a blue and teal statement art piece that contrasts with the earthy tones of the walls. The attached metallic light fixture with studded stones adds sparkle to the space. How to Infuse Traditional Indian Elements to Your Contemporary Home
6. Ethnic splendourThis living room has a lot going for it – the contemporary ethnic decor, the multitudes of artworks and the vibrant colours. However, what makes the room really stand out is the over-the-top metallic pendant fixture. The lamp, studded with coloured stones, visually pairs well with the soft furnishings, electrifying the space, while the metal adds another layer of texture to the room.
This eclectic home is located in Vadodara also displays exposed cement ceiling and a cement-based flooring. Dipen Gada and Associates used low maintenance IPS (Indian Patterned Stone) on the floors. Cladded acoustic panels and industrial-style lighting augment the rusticity of the ceiling.Take a tour of this home
Take a look at some of our recent Houzz Tours – by architect Dipen Gada of Dipen Gada and Associates who has used the traditional practice of IPS (Indian pattern stone) used as flooring in his holiday home in Vadodara. And by architects Sangeeta Merchant and Sanjeev Panjabi of SPASM Design Architects who brought back the courtyard to preserve 284 trees already on site in an Ahmedabad family home.See these homes:Houzz Tour: An Ahmedabad Home Uses Nature to Combat ClimateHouzz Tour: A Contemporary Getaway With an Indian Twist