Many of us think about the design of a balcony room - what kind of finish to use for the walls, floor, ceiling?
Before you start finishing the top of the balcony, you need to take care of waterproofing. Without this preparatory stage, the coating will not be durable, and all efforts to stylish design will be in vain.
Waterproofing is needed for both open and glazed balconies. It completely eliminates leakage between the seams. If the neighbors' balcony is glazed on top, it will be enough to treat its concrete surface with silicone sealant to prevent water from entering the porous structure of concrete. The balcony on the top floor must be protected both above and below the concrete slab. From above, as a rule, protection is provided by the roof visor of the house, provided by the developer. You only need to protect the concrete surface from below. Bitumen, the so-called "liquid rubber", is used as a material for waterproofing, and a PVC membrane is a modern but relatively expensive material.
Having protected the surface from the possibility of leakage, you can do the decor. Consider the main characteristics of various materials and highlight the highest quality coating for the ceiling on the loggia.
The simplest and most cost-effective option is to whitewash or paint the surface. To begin with, you should level the concrete coating with cement, apply a layer of putty and primer. The best solution would be to paint the surface with water-based paint or oil paint. Use stamps for facade work. You won't need to update the layer as often. And the maintenance of the painted ceiling allows wet cleaning.
Tiles and wallpaper
Ceiling tiles and wallpaper can be used to decorate the balcony. If the wallpaper is not particularly durable and will not survive temperature changes, then the tile can serve you for more than one year. It will not be difficult to make a tiled ceiling - foam squares are applied to the concrete surface with the help of good glue. Such material can be washed even with the use of abrasive products. The price of such coverage is quite cheap, which is good news. The relief structure of the tiles and various patterns on the material will give the room an additional charm.
To add beauty and completeness to the painted or wallpapered ceiling on the loggia, a window beautifully decorated with fabric is well suited. It is best to hang the curtains on flexible curtain rods that are attached at the top and take any shape. Installation of such a structure does not take much time, and the result will exceed all expectations.
For those who want to use various hanging structures when decorating a room, a suspended ceiling would be an ideal option. The main material in the form of panels is attached to the aluminum structures. These can be PVC panels, wood panels or aluminum panels.
The ceiling made of modern PVC plastic panels will be environmentally friendly, able to withstand temperature extremes and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. It is unpretentious in maintenance, does not attract dirt and dust. The plastic ceiling is very durable and will last you up to 50 years. The color and texture of the panels can be chosen for every taste and interior - glossy, matte, with a floral print, in a marine theme, with imitation of wood, stone, bamboo. A damaged panel can be easily replaced with a new one.It is worth noting that the price of this modern material is low and is quite suitable for the budget of an average-income family.
The lining loggia looks very impressive, gives the room a cozy home look. This design is acceptable for eco-style use. The rack-and-pinion method of decorating the surface with natural wood will not be cheap, but the result will exceed all expectations. Environmentally friendly, safe material, strong and durable. To prevent cracks and deformations of the wood, it must be covered with paint and varnish. It is required to renew the varnish layer as needed. Thanks to such protection from dirt, moisture and temperature extremes, the coating will delight you for more than one year. Wood panels can be washed. In addition, wood panels retain heat well. Moreover, this type of design is leading in terms of good reviews - beautiful, comfortable, durable.
Aluminum panels can be used as a ceiling decoration. This design is suspended, attached to the profile. The aluminum coating is very durable and easy to maintain. It can be used on both open and glazed balconies. This design is well suited for the style of minimalism, hi-tech, loft.
Another material for the false ceiling is drywall. The decoration of the room can be done by hand. It is enough to install the aluminum profile to the concrete surface and attach drywall to it. The plasterboard ceiling is strong enough. It is unacceptable to use this material in the decoration of an unglazed loggia - drywall will get wet during the rain and crumble. The advantages of gypsum plasterboard cover include: strength, environmental friendliness, ease of installation, the possibility of decoration, low cost of the material. Such a ceiling can be painted in any color, pasted over with the wallpaper you like.
This type of material is the most popular today. Stretch ceilings are used both in the decoration of rooms and in the decoration of non-residential premises, loggias, shops, offices. Let's try to reveal the secret of the increasing prevalence of this type of coverage.
Stretch ceiling assumes a seamless coating without joints, it can be washed. The durable fabric is designed for warm weather, rain and frost. The installation of the stretch cover does not take much time, but it is carried out exclusively by professionals. The cost of stretch ceilings is high, but the costs pay off already in the first year of operation. This type of loggia design is very expressive. You can think of a competent lighting system in such a design - the use of a central lamp, group arrangement of point "fish eyes", single lamps.
Useful little things
Loggia is a very functional space of the apartment. Here you can organize a recreation area, a mini-garden, place an office or use it as a utility room. Let's talk about the latter. If you plan to place a ceiling dryer for clothes here, you should consider carefully the choice of ceiling finishes. The cover must be strong enough to support the weight of the wet laundry. Consideration should be given to the placement of amplifiers in the mounting points. Aluminum slats for placing dryers on them are not recommended - over time, rust forms on the surface of such material, which can ruin things.
A little about color
Of course, the design of the loggia should be in the same style. Natural warm shades of ash, beech, walnut, pine are always pleasant in the interior. The ceiling can be decorated in bright colors or sheathed with panels with gloss, the walls and floor of the room in this case should be light, non-flashy shades. This design will look very harmonious.White or any other pastel color of the ceiling will fit well into any interior, even in dark extravagant tones.