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Wooden ceiling in interior design

The conscious selection of materials in interior design plays a crucial role in creating spaces that are not only visually striking, but also functional and welcoming. Often, when considering the integration of wooden elements in the decoration of a room, we focus on flooring and wall claddings, leaving aside one of the most significant planes: the ceiling. In this post, we will explore how the use of wooden ceilings can completely transform the aesthetics of a space, highlighting their versatility and ability to add character and warmth. Through a variety of techniques and styles, we will discover how wooden ceilings stand as a fundamental element in contemporary interior design.

Renewed Tradition: wooden beamed ceiling and exposed planking

The traditional technique of wooden beams and the exposure of planks persists as a current resource in interior design. Sometimes, restoration involves preserving the wooden squares with their own irregularities, keeping them in neutral tones to achieve unique atmospheres. The combination of these trends, as illustrated in featured examples, demonstrates the timelessness and elegance of this approach.

A notable example of this technique is found in the restoration of old structures using this system. By preserving the original squares with their imperfections, both in rural houses and in historic public buildings, an authenticity is achieved that highlights the richness of the wood and the history of the space. In these cases we can find interesting rehabilitations of wooden ceilings. At the same time, the technique of recreation can be seen in examples where the ceiling structure is different and is only clad with this type of system.

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Examples of restored timber beam and plank ceilings © Studio Scott / CASCA

Variety of Formats: Solid wood plank ceilings and complex compositions

The wooden ceiling is not limited to a single technique; in many cases, it is presented as a cladding over the existing structure. From solid planks of different widths to complex compositions, the diversity of formats offers options to suit various styles and preferences. Concrete examples illustrate the versatility of these options.

In the application of wood as a cladding, we find different section widths. This variety gives a feeling of spaciousness and visually defines different areas within the same space.

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Solid plank ceilings in contrast to other materials © One Kindesign / Architecture & Design

Creative modulation: The ceiling with wood-finished panels

Creativity in the design of wooden ceilings is manifested through the modulation of wood-finished panels. The careful arrangement of these elements, together with the combination of different wood grains, creates unique visual effects. This technique can be employed to achieve a distinctive aesthetic impact on the ceiling.

The Archidona City Council renovation project is an exemplary case in point. Our team has worked on several ceiling sections where the modulation of panels creates an interesting visual effect. Above all, due to the meticulous arrangement of the panels at different heights. This creates a play of light and shadow, highlighting the natural beauty of the wood.

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Wooden panel ceiling in the Auditorium of the Archidona City Council built and installed by Grupo GUBIA.

Acoustic comfort: Wooden slotted and perforated ceilings and ceilings with original shapes

The quest for acoustic comfort has led to the development of wooden ceilings specifically designed for acoustic absorption. These ceilings, grooved, perforated or with original shapes, not only add a unique decorative element, but also meet the acoustic requirements needed in spaces that merit it. This condition makes the ceiling cladding not only an aesthetic component, but also a functional element.

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GUBI-SLATS bamboo slat ceiling for the project of the General Treasury of Social Security in Motril © Javier Orive

As far as possible, our team has tried to specialize and channel its products related to wooden ceilings towards a functional aspect in acoustic issues. Always taking care of the aesthetic component, we have managed to generate spaces of environmental and visual quality, complying with technical requirements that ensure an acoustic capacity. Examples of this can be found in the projects: Consejo General de Enfermería, Centre Pompidou de Málaga, Colegio Retamar de Madrid, forming a category of auditoriums in their own right, with a multitude of cases already in our work.

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Ceiling with acoustic panels for the Assembly Hall of the General Council of Nursing in Madrid © Javier Bravo
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Special acoustic ceiling of bamboo plywood slats for the Oratory of the Retamar School in Madrid © Javier Orive

The ceiling in plan integration: Continuity of claddings

An effective strategy in interior design is the integration of wood on two planes of space. The continuity of a wall cladding to the ceiling or the repetition of wood from the floor to the ceiling creates a sense of cohesion and harmony in the environment. There are many examples where the element merges in several dimensions to form a sculptural piece in its own right. This translates into the breaking of conventional cladding schemes, going more into three-dimensionality.

In both the project for the E&Y Hall in Torre Titania and the San Juan Pablo II Chapel, this effect is achieved efficiently. They are spaces conceived and designed to incorporate the cladding as a fundamental part of their interior design, an aspect that gives them the seal of authenticity.

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Three-dimensional acoustic cladding structure for the Ernst & Young Events Hall. Titania Tower, Madrid © Javier Bravo
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Parametric cedar cladding for the Chapel to St. John Paul II in the Almudena Cathedral © Álvaro Viera

Architectural uniqueness: creativity in the wooden ceiling

The imagination of architects, engineers and interior designers plays a key role in the creation of unique wooden ceilings. Distinctive designs of geodesic domes, parametric structures and a myriad of other forms highlight the architectural creativity that creates truly unique spaces.

Certainly from their trade, they generate examples that stand out for their originality, underlining the importance of combining a good construction detail with the skill of specialised carpentry. In this sense, the work of a wood consultancy becomes essential, justified by several aspects.

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Curved bamboo slat ceiling in Monteparís Residence, Madrid @ luzestudio

Consultancy on wooden ceilings

First of all, it is important to understand the choice of material. For ceilings as well as for other examples of applications in a space, it is important to know the different types of wood species, their characteristics, physical properties, in order to effectively understand their behaviour once the product is installed.

This leads to the second point: knowing these conditions can also lead to a constructive development in accordance with the project in question and the capabilities of the material. This is much more relevant to the issue of supports. The wooden ceiling, whether anchored, adhered, installed, suspended, etc., will need a support system that is conditioned by the study of the material to be treated, its reactions with those of the support and its behaviour a posteriori.

Finally, it is important to underline the aspect of maintenance, which is often overlooked, but which is a fundamental element in the study of wood. Ceilings and wood cladding in general, must be maintained accordingly for a long life of the installed product. The fact that they are commonly used indoors makes them prone to factors that are typical of deterioration in buildings: humidity, biological agents, structural movements, etc. These pathologies will be effectively counteracted with a good practice of the preventive process dictated by wood specialists.

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Ceilings of pine wood slats and curved oak slats with lighting cladding singular spaces @ Grupo GUBIA

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In conclusion, the wooden ceiling emerges as a versatile canvas in contemporary interior design. From traditional techniques to more avant-garde approaches, wood in the ceiling not only fulfils practical functions, such as acoustic comfort, but also contributes significantly to the overall aesthetics of a space. By exploring the many possibilities, we discover a world of creativity and architectural expression, in which Grupo GUBIA feels part of. Our work in the sector guarantees the effort and quality of the projects in which we have participated. For more information you can visit our section on wooden ceilings.

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