One of the best things about metal ceiling tiles is they come in a range of textures, designs, and color finishes. However, with so many options, you may feel a little overwhelmed with your choices especially when it comes to picking the right color. At Metal Ceiling Express we have scores of different color options in a variety of patterns and textures to match any design aesthetic or personal style. Each color option can bring a different look or feel to your space, so it’s important to understand how to pick the right metal ceiling tile color.
Here is our ultimate guide to picking a great color for your metal tile ceiling.
Evaluating Your Options
You have several options when choosing tin ceiling tiles. These options all present a different look and feel to the room. So start by considering these options:
- White Ceiling Tiles: White is obviously the safest option when it comes to ceiling tile color. Most ceilings are already white so you don’t have to worry as much about how the ceiling will impact the look of the room. The benefits of white ceilings are that they make the room look bigger, the ceilings look higher, and reflect the light for a brighter space. The downside of choosing white is that your beautiful patterns can blend into the background and offer less of a visual focal point than other colors.
- Matching Your Wall Color: Another option is to pick a ceiling tile that matches the color of your walls. Matching your ceiling and wall color creates a rich seamless look that can add a luxurious feel. The color can envelope you and create a very comfortable, cozy space. The downsides is that matching the ceiling tile color and the wall color makes a small look smaller and also reduces the visual impact of the ceiling tile pattern and texture.
- A Shade Lighter Than Your Wall Color: Choosing a ceiling tile that is a shade lighter than your wall color creates a seamless look like matching your wall color but creates a more airy feel. The biggest benefit to choosing a ceiling tile color that matches your wall color but is the same shade is that it will make the room look bigger and brighter. The downside is that choosing a shade lighter might highlight color tones that take away from your color scheme.
- A Shade Darker Than Your Wall Color: Picking a shade that is the same color but a shade darker can make the room feel more intimate. The benefits to going a shade darker is that it lowers the visual look of the ceiling creating a more cozy space. The downside is that ceilings already tend to look darker than walls so you could inadvertently make your room look very small.
- Contrasting Color: A contrasting color is the ultimate design statement and is not for the faint of heart. The benefits of using a contrasting color on your ceiling is that it creates a big statement and adds a lot of character and visual interest. The downside is that it is a big commitment and a very bold design choice.
Match Your Design Style
Once you have an idea of what kind of look and feel you want for your space by choosing one of the many color options, you need to then pick a color that matches your design aesthetic.
The colors that look best in a modern space will not look as good in a traditional space. Here are some recommendations for what colors best match which design aesthetic:
- Modern/Minimal: Modern and minimal designs focus on clean lines and bold visual statements. The best color choices for modern/minimal design are solid colors in black or white and metal finishes like silver, gold, or copper.
- Contemporary: Contemporary is a very conservative style with traditional elements but with a modern flair. The best color choices for a contemporary ceiling is something classic like white, gray, almond, or ivory.
- Industrial: Industrial mimics the look and feel of old world industrial elements. For an industrial finish, you want to look for something that has an aged feel in a darker color like our Washington, Davis, or Iowa color options.
- Scandinavian/Mid Century: Scandinavian and midcentury modern are all above presenting clean, open, and airy spaces. The best color choices are to either stick with a solid white tile or a feature color like Libra Red or Almond.
- Bohemian/Eclectic: Bohemian and eclectic styles are all about mixing and matching. With this style you can mix and match any color of ceiling tile and it will look great.
- Victorian/Traditional: Victorian and Traditional home styles also have a lot of flexibility. Since metal ceiling tiles were extremely popular during this era, you can pick any color choice you like depending on what feeling you are trying to achieve. If you want an updated look, picked a solid color but if you want to create a look like the tiles have been there for centuries, pick something with a variegated finish.
- Farmhouse/Rustic: Farmhouse and rustic styles are all about creating a vintage feel. So you should pick a color that has an antique or worn look like our Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri color options.
Picking a ceiling tile does not have to be overwhelming if you decide what kind of feel you want in your room and what color options best match your design aesthetic. We offer unfinished and finished samples of our tiles so you can get an idea of how different colors look. Visit our metal ceiling tile samples area to see what kinds of samples are available. We offer 4-packs of our most popular finishes and you can also order individual tiles. In fact, it is best to get your hands on the colors you like so you can play with different settings and lighting options to really get a feel for what you want to get in the end.