The ceiling is one of the most important parts of the home’s interior. However, without proper maintenance, the ceiling can get worn out with time creating a hideous and unsightly look for everyone to see. The logical solution when this happens would be to have the damaged areas replaced. But sadly, a lot of people don’t always have the time or the resources to get this done. The great thing is that there’s a real alternative that can be used. How about covering the damaged parts or better yet, covering the entire ceiling? If this sounds like a great idea, we have a few tips for you.

Corrugated Tin

Some of the best ways to dress up a mundane ceiling
Look at how stylish that ceiling can get. Source: Mountain life

If you’re thinking of adding a minimalist vibe to your home, then going for a corrugated tin ceiling will be the right choice. The metal is easily attachable to the ceiling using screws. The biggest advantage with tin is the simple maintenance. Once it’s installed you can even forget it’s there. The ceiling is also beautiful and quite unique compared to many traditional options.

Dropped Ceiling

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There's so much more that you can do with a ceiling. Source: DIYnetwork

Dropped ceilings are generally used in commercial establishments but there’s no reason why they can’t give your home the punch it needs. The ceilings are also quite economical so if you’re tight on cash, this would be the option to go for. The first step in this project is the grid system installation. Once the system is in place, the ceiling tiles are carefully placed between the openings. Although it sounds a little complicated, it’s in fact one of the easiest DIY projects you will ever do.

Tongue and Groove Ceiling

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Wood can add a lot to an otherwise plain ceiling. Source: Thehomesite

The tongue and groove ceiling is primarily created to hide any nasty dents of your ceiling. However, the installation process is slow since you need to be very careful with it. In case you don’t have time, you can get a professional to install it for you. But generally, the job can be done by one person within 24 hours or less.

Surface-Mount Ceiling Tiles

Surface mount ceiling tiles can be easily installed. You will need a grid system too for the job. However, this one is a lot easier to work with compared to the drop ceiling grid. The tiles are attached directly to the grid. They can also be cut into smaller sizes to fit the grid spaces. It shouldn’t take long to get the job done on your own.

PVC Tiles

PVC tiles have grown immensely over the last few years as a popular choice for homeowners looking for a low maintenance and high-quality ceiling. The installation process for PVC tiles is the same as for drop ceilings. The plastic tiles also come in different sizes but the most common option measures 24” x 24”. PVC is an easy material to work with. It’s also waterproof, highly durable, and very affordable.


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Dressing up the attic is quite the project, but you're not alone. Source: The Spruce

You can also choose to install drywall and cover up your ugly ceiling. However, this is not a job you can do on your own. This is because the panels will need to be lifted and fitted on the ceiling. The drywall can also be customized with unique paints to give you home a better look. The only challenge with drywall is that at some point it will start to sag. However, this takes a long time to happen.


Finally, if you feel some of the options above are too cumbersome or too expensive for you, you can simply paint over the ugly ceiling. This will truly transform it for the better, especially if you combine two or more colors. The imperfections will still be visible but no one will ever notice them.

Dealing with an ugly ceiling can be annoying at times. However, the only thing you need to do here is to fix the problem. The simple solutions above should easily do the job for you.

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