Ceiling Designs in KenyaConventional ceiling
Ceiling designs are named according to their
appearance or construction. The most commonly used ceiling design construction materials in Kenya and world over is gypsum boards. Ceilings are designed to contribute to the overall decor and aesthetic characteristics of a home or office, but also a good ceiling should be able to play a role in fire protection, thermal insulation and sound control acoustics.
When designing a new ceiling, there are a few building codes to be followed.
Habitable rooms should have an area of no less than 70 sq meters and should not be less than 7 feet in any dimension. Habitable rooms, bathrooms,
hallways, and laundry rooms should have a minimum ceiling height of
7'-0". Finished box-outs for structural or decorative beams, duct-work,
plumbing and electrical systems should have a minimum clearance of 6'-6",
with a spacing of not less than 4'-0" on center.
The conventional ceiling design, also called a flat
ceiling design, is the most common ceiling design in Kenya. The conventional ceiling is the standard in most homes in Kenya. It’s also called
the fifth wall because it is a wall laid on its side and then covered with a
plaster or drywall. A conventional ceiling is equal in size to the floor area. Standard height conventional
ceilings are eight feet high from the floor, though they can be up to ten feet. Higher
ceilings make a room feel larger.
conventional ceilings in Kenya are simple, flat and barely gets noticed, but
there are some that are distinctively attractive and decorative, which can
really grab your attention. In a small space, where opportunities for design are
limited, a ceiling presents itself as an additional canvas. At Wallpaper Kenya we
use textured pain-table wallpaper to give your ceiling depth.
patterns and design can make a significant change in the overall look of a home
or office. The second most common type of ceiling design in Kenya is the dropped
ceiling, which is suspended from structural elements above. Boards of drywall are
fastened either directly to the ceiling joists or to a few layers of
moisture-proof plywood which are then attached to the joists. Pipework or ducts
can be run in the gap above the ceiling, and insulation and fireproofing
material such as rock-wool can be placed here too.
Dropped ceilings below wood joists or attached directly to wood floor
trusses should be draft stopped with "drywall or 3/8" plywood at 500 s.f.
intervals and parallel to framing members.
Fire-stopping consisting of 2" lumber, minimum 23/32" structural
panel, or approved non-combustible materials such as rock-wool should be provided at the
ceiling line in concealed spaces of stud, including
furred or studded-off spaces of concrete foundation walls and at
soffits, dropped ceilings and similar spaces.
An AC powered, UL listed smoke detector with battery backup should be
located in the vicinity of all bedroom entrance doors and inside each
bedroom. Provide a minimum of one AC powered UL listed smoke detector
with battery backup at the bottom of the stair for basements without
All detectors within the building or house should be interconnected so that the
activation of any alarm will sound all alarms throughout the building or house.
Suspended ceilings are very popular most especially in offices and commercial structures and also in homes as they easily conceal imperfections and flaws on the actual ceiling. Instead of performing costly repairs, you can install a suspended ceiling to cover pipes, duct-work, stains and peeled paint.
Mineral fiber ceiling tiles continue to be the first choice for
suspended ceilings where aesthetic and performance have to be
met. More and more the increased functional possibilities of suspended
ceilings are coming to the forefront in the specifiers recognition. A general trend towards enhanced performance in
acoustics, both in sound absorption for room comfort, and in sound
insulation for confidential spaces such as boardroom without extra costly measures. Fire protection is also an increasing concern with specifiers to
meet and solutions are favored that also allow access to the ceiling
void to allow maintenance of the services concealed by the ceiling.
The hygienic properties – such as wash-ability and anti-microbial
treatments – of suspended ceilings in combination with other technical
performance aspects are becoming a priority. Playing on formats to best
meet room geometries and ease of maintenance further makes the installer’s job easier, and with ever
increasing pressure to be finished on site in an ever shorter time the
installers look more and more for ceiling tiles that can be reliably and
quickly adapted to geometries on site, such as perimeter tiles and
tiles cut to match adjacent light fittings.
Tray ceiling design
A tray ceiling design, also called an inverted or recessed ceiling design, is a ceiling a
center section that is several inches (or several feet) higher than the
areas around the perimeter of the room such as the one pictured here above. The ceiling design allows for the use
of ceiling wallpaper or colors or special effects on the trim that can turn the ceiling into a focal
point. Many homeowners in Kenya install hidden tube lighting or snake lights along the perimeter
of the tray, which is especially nice if the lights are on dimmers so
they can be lowered for a romantic look. These ceiling designs will add architectural interest to your bedroom or turn an ordinary room into an elegant retreat
Tray ceiling designs work best with high ceilings, where
they can keep a room from appearing cavernous by creating visual depth
in the room. The higher center of the ceiling also provides an
opportunity to create a focal point by hanging a beautiful chandelier,
pendant light or ceiling fan. The center section is also a great place
to hang a ceiling wallpaper. Wallpaper designs of scenes with clouds or stars are popular, but
you can hang any design that appeals to you.
Hanging a dark shade of ceiling wallpaper at the center of the ceiling will create a
look of height, causing that part of the ceiling to recede visually. Metallic ceiling paper designs such as gold sheen creates depth and warmth.
In designing your tray ceiling, you can follow the shape of your
room or create a different shape to give the room even more visual
interest. If your ceiling is very high—you might be
able to install a double tray ceiling, creating a stunning architectural
focal point overhead. If your style allows, you can go heavy on the
trim and paint or stain it in colors that complement your walls and
You can hire Wallpaper Kenya to design and build your ceiling for even more creative ideas,
or you can do it yourself. Before you decide, consider the scope of your
project, the look and materials you want, as well as your budget.A stretch ceiling is a suspended ceiling system and it is made of three main components– a perimeter track and lightweight fabric membrane which stretches and clips into the track and Harpoon or Catch. The perimeter track is made of aluminium while the Membrane is typically a PVC or nylon material. Lightweight sheets of the membrane are made to size/shape from roll material. The membrane can be printed or painted to achieve the desired effect. Harpoon or Catch is ultrasonically welded to the edge of the membrane or sheet in the factory, the edging slots into the perimeter track to keep the ceiling in place.With similar advantages to a dropped ceiling, a stretch ceiling is often used to conceal pipework, wires or the existing ceiling. There is usually a broad choice of color or texture and the membrane can be manipulated into a variety of shapes.
White matte stretch ceiling in a living room
When installing a stretch ceiling, semi-concealed plastic/aluminum track is cut to size and fixed to the perimeter of the ceiling area. The membrane is stretched and the harpoon edge is clipped into the track. Stretching is aided by heating up the membrane sheet prior to fitting.Stretch ceilings will bring practical benefits and aesthetic beauty to your home. This is a solution that usually proves to be good. Stretch ceilings are a striking element of the overall design, the first impression of the entire interior of the premises. From their beauty, exclusivity, and the originality of the shape and color, depends the entire architectural composition. Today, thanks to such a luxurious and practical invention, you have the opportunity to easily implement the most original and exclusive solution for your home interior. One of the biggest advantages of the stretch ceiling is you can choose the desired ceiling’s image. On the cover you can “put” practically anything what you want – landscape, cloudy skies, starry sky, ornaments, animal images, city views, and the like. Another plus for the stretch ceiling is that they are flood resistant and therefore washable. The membrane surface can be washed and disinfected. In case of flooding from the upper floors, a flood resistant stretch ceiling becomes an additional protection against the flood water. Well-equipped ceilings can withstand a pressure of up to 100 liters per square meter – in case of flooding from the floor above, have time to think about solutions for how to let out the water.The aesthetics of a stretch ceiling design are greatly enhanced installation of luminous ceilings or use of any other interesting lighting solutions.Ceiling cornice
In modern interior design, cornice refers to a decorative element used
as a transition between a wall and a ceiling, the most common one in Kenya being gypsum cornice. We have numerous designs of ceiling cornices, from simple designs consisting of nothing more than
single plain white gypsum cornice to ornate moldings that create designs on the
ceiling and walls of a room. A ceiling without a cornice tying it with the wall looks unfinished.
Since a cornice sits between the wall and ceiling of a room, a cornice
technically crowns the wall, making it a form of crown molding. In some
cases, the term cornice refers to ornate molding designs between a
ceiling and a wall, while the term crown molding references more