A guide to installing plaster ceilings

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Plaster ceilings can be used to conceal wiring and ducts as well as simply for aesthetic reasons. (Consuming Indy pic)

Plaster ceilings are installed for many reasons. They are often installed in order to hide wires and tubes for lighting and air conditioning, but sometimes, they are added purely for aesthetic purposes with intricate carvings and patterns.

Plaster ceilings are made from plasterboard hung on a metal or wood frame and can instantly and effortlessly make a home look more polished and elegant.

Thinking of sprucing up your home a little with plaster ceilings? Here are a few things you should think about before you do so.

1. The space in between

Ensure there is enough space between the actual ceiling and the plaster ceiling. (clinup.info pic)

One of the first things to discuss with the contractor is the space between the plaster ceiling and the original one. For example, if you plan to install cassette air conditioners, there must be a space of at least 35cm between the two.

Even if you do not plan to install cassette air conditioners, there must be enough space so any tubes, pipes or wires can be easily accessed for repair and maintenance. The gap can be less if nothing is to be placed in between the actual ceiling and the plaster ceiling.

2. The height of the ceiling

It is very important that the new plaster ceiling is not too low. It can make a room feel small and cramped.

Make allowance for any chandeliers, ceiling fans or hanging fixtures of any kind.

3. Materials for the plaster ceiling

Plasterboard is made with gypsum or casting powder mixed with fibres to hold the mixture together. (Renodo pic)

A plaster ceiling is made of plasterboard, which is made of gypsum or casting powder mixed in with fibres that hold the mixture together. Usually, these boards are affixed to a frame made out of wood or aluminium. They can take various shape, curve and can also be layered for more effect.

Plasterboards come in a standard size and are cut to fit the ceiling. In the past, asbestos was used but this is no longer done as it is known to cause cancer. Hence, be very sure that your contractor does not use asbestos for the ceilings.

4. Inserting lights

Hidden lights make a plaster ceiling look stylish and contemporary. (Banmeet Singh pic)

A plaster ceiling looks more stylish and contemporary with hidden lights. They are usually placed around the periphery, but more people are placing them above central shapes. The most common colours are white, off-white, warm white and cool white lights. These are suitable for creating a relaxed, elegant atmosphere.

Otherwise, you can experiment with colour to create a more fun and experimental mood with hidden running LED lights that come in various colours. Small embedded spotlights can be added throughout the plaster ceiling too.

5. Painting the ceiling

Plaster ceilings can be covered with paint, wallpaper or fabric. (ODT pic)

After plaster ceilings are completed, they are finished with a coat of paint. Usually, white is used but in certain interiors, you can use other colours. Keep the colours bright as dark colours may make the room appear smaller.

Plaster ceilings are exactly like walls, so they can be finished with wallpaper or fabric to give a more royal air to the room.

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This article first appeared in kaodim.com.

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