6 popular ceiling styles for your office fitout

Friday, 7th April 2017

6 popular ceiling styles for your office fitout


This is our fourth article in the Axiom Projects Design Series. Need to catch up? Check out our articles flooring, lighting and office wall ideas.


You may assume that because you don’t stare at the ceiling all day, it’s not an important part of your interior design. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, ceilings play an important role in helping you maximise lighting, manage acoustics and reduce energy costs. They can also make an office space feel airy and expansive, or cosy and comfortable.

There are many ways to create stylish and creative office ceilings. When done well, they can dramatically improve your interior design, without taking up any additional space. Some of our favourite ceiling designs include the PRS offices in Israel, which features a lattice ‘Sky Ceiling’ structure that replicates the pillowy shape of the sky. Not only does it look great, but it also acts as an excellent sound absorber. For something a little more modern, check out the ENTEL headquarters in Chile, which features painted metal panels for a tech-style ceiling that looks fantastic during the day and lit up at night.

Another example of a unique ceiling design is the origami-inspired ceiling at Tane Furniture Design. Made from sustainable timber, the ceiling does a great job of covering up pipes, ductwork, smoke detectors, fire alarms, air conditioning and other ‘ugly’ services. Its interesting shape also offers great acoustic control, to combat noise and echoing across the spacious office.

If you’re planning an office fitout and need some inspiration for ceiling interior designs, here are a handful of the most popular styles to consider.


Feature Slat Panel Ceiling

Slat panels are usually made from sustainable timber and add warmth to a room, with earthy textures and good sound absorption. Our team designed slat panels for the kitchen and breakout room at DHA Parramatta, which were customised to suit the office space and brand personality.


Inset Ceiling

Also known as a tray ceiling, inset ceilings are where the centre of the ceiling is higher than the surrounding area. This style can make a room look luxurious and welcoming, particularly with ambient lighting. We designed a beautiful inset ceiling for the reception area at Ironfish, as a feature of its interior design.


Acoustic Panel Ceiling

Acoustic panel ceilings are ideal for acoustic control and add depth and interest to your ceiling, with a range of different shapes, colours and textures available. They look great when backlit and are commonly used in open-plan, spacious areas or large meeting rooms—such as the boardroom we designed at Adcorp. Best of all, they’re easy to remove and reuse when you move to your next office.


Exposed Ceiling

This ceiling style leaves structural and mechanical systems exposed, either painted or in their natural state. It’s an industrial look that can make a space look larger and give you more flexibility with lighting options. Our fitout at Adcorp highlighted the wooden beams and pipes in the ceiling, adding character to the office space.


Linear Panels

Linear panels can be used as an acoustic treatment, or purely for aesthetics. Either way, they offer a stylish addition to your office space. We used linear panels with inset lighting in the meeting rooms at Coleman Grieg Lawyers, to add an interesting directional effect that complemented the interior design.


Suspended Ceilings

Suspended ceilings are the most common type of ceiling used in offices and was our ceiling of choice for the CIO fitout. They are easy to install, fire resistant and energy efficient, with excellent sound absorption and insulation properties. While they’ve been around for a long time, there are more interesting styles, textures and colours on the market than ever before.


If you’re looking for a corporate interior design company with more than 25 years’ experience, contact the team at Axiom Projects today.