Although metal tiles originally came into being as a cheaper alternative to plaster ceiling moldings, there’s nothing stopping you from using metal tiles as wall art for decorations that will supplement or enhance the artwork in your home. To get you started, here are three ideas that can turn metal tiles into wall art:
The Contemporary Classic
One of Andy Warhol’s most famous pieces of pop art is a set of paintings of Marilyn Monroe where each one has its colors shifted in a different way. This intriguing design has been replicated time and time again with a variety of celebrities, but there’s no need to limit yourself to portraits. You can put a new-yet-old spin on this trend by buying four metal tiles with the same pattern and four very different finishes and then attaching them to your wall side-by-side.
The Modern Vintage
Although you can find a variety of finishes for tin-plated ceiling tiles that give them the appearance of age, you can also create your own “found” tiles for a more authentic look. Simply buy a plain tin tile, hit it with a couple coats of spray paint (white is a good choice, but it’s up to you), and then once it’s dry you can use sandpaper along the edges to make it look like the tile has seen more than its fair share of years. At this point, you can hang the tile on your wall as an art object.
The Hand-Made Salvage
You can spend hundreds of dollars buying a piece of wall art that looks like it’s over a hundred years old, or you can save your money by going straight to the source. If a single weathered tile isn’t enough for you, consider combining several smaller plates with different patterns in a single large frame. You can choose to have these tiles come with a professional finish, or you can save even more money by using metallic spray paint and handling the colors yourself.
Metal ceiling tiles are meant for decoration, and while they may have originally been created to decorate your ceiling, there’s nothing that says you can’t repurpose them for the other surfaces in your house. Whether you use them as an alternative to paintings or other wall decorations or whether you go all-out and cover an entire wall in metal tiles, the number of potential ways you can use tin ceiling tiles is endless.