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What are Faux Ceiling Tiles?

Norma Jean Howland
Norma Jean Howland

Faux ceiling tiles are panels that are usually made out of a material, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or high density polyurethane, that mimics some other type of material, like tin or copper. These fake ceiling tiles can be used to repair a ceiling or renovate a room by installing a decorative ceiling that, from a distance, looks to be another material - metal, wood or even leather. Faux ceiling tiles tend to be a popular way to add character to a room or a way to hide a less than perfect ceiling by installing tiles to cover up blemishes. Faux ceiling tiles are usually not very hard to install, may dramatically change the look of a room, and are often mistaken for the real thing.

Tin ceilings are found in many older buildings, but faux ceiling tiles with the same antique, hand painted look can be installed even in a newer home. For a tin look ceiling, there are faux ceiling tiles embossed with quaint designs that are striking and quite noticeable even when installed on a high ceiling. These tiles come in standard white or colors, including faux antique copper tiles which can add color and texture to a room.

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There are also faux ceiling tiles that mimic different types of wood, including faux wood beams that can usually pass for the real thing. These faux beams come in different styles and stains. If wood beams are desired, there are many wood finishes available, from mahogany to cherry. There are also faux wood ceilings that offer ceiling panels that are integrated with molding to add both depth and color to a space.

Ceiling tiles that look like metal and are embossed with an unusual design and color scheme or faux leather ceiling tiles featuring triangular designs can give an unusual flavor to an area. In an older building, these tiles are a paint-free way to refurbish an old ceiling and bring new life to the room.

Sometimes faux ceiling tiles are also used for practical purposes, such as improving the acoustics in a room. A foam layer is installed underneath the faux tiles in order to absorb sounds and keep out unwanted noise from other areas.

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