What is the most important thing in the kitchen? Refrigerator? Plate? Borscht? Everyone has their own values, but everyone will probably agree that the most important thing in the kitchen is the practicality and aesthetics of its elements. The floor covering must be strong and reliable, the walls should be easy to wash and clean, the furniture should be comfortable and beautiful, and the ceiling … The ceiling should be luxurious and no other! Slatted ceilings for the kitchen – this is just the very luxury that can turn the usual square of the room into an interesting and stylish corner of coziness and warmth.
- What is a rack ceiling?
- Variants of rack structures
- Advantages and disadvantages in the kitchen
- Optimum color gamut comparable to other options
What is a rack ceiling?
The rack ceiling was “called” because it consists of many racks made of aluminum or steel. Thin and wide color strips perfectly complement each other, creating the illusion of flight and altitude, and spot lighting will only enhance this impression.
All slats are covered with several layers of varnish or any other facing material. There are even models made of wood – but, as a rule, such products are not available to a wide range of consumers, but are made to order.
The most popular type of rack ceilings is the ceiling of aluminum rails. It is durable, reliable, easy to install and at the same time as practical as possible – it is easy to wash and it is absolutely not afraid of moisture.
The thickness of the rails can vary from 0.3 to 0.5 mm. Using them, you can create both perfectly flat and curved ceiling..
The latter is made of bent in a special way rails. In general, thanks to the rack structures, you can give the ceiling in the kitchen a very different style and image, from the classic white smooth surface to multilevel pendant systems with many spotlights.
Variants of rack structures
Slatted ceilings come in three types:
- rack ceilings of open type
- Closed rack ceilings
- gapless rack ceilings
Open rack ceilings suggest the presence between the rails of small gaps through which the bearing traverses peep. So that the slots do not spoil the appearance of the ceiling, they are covered with thin slats, which can be either colored or in tone with the ceiling.
As a rule, open rack structures are mounted in rooms with significant wall heights and area.
Closed Slatted Ceilings mounted without inter-rack inserts. The surface of such a construction is almost flat, although blind gaps “glimpse” between the slats, which, however, do not spoil the appearance of the ceiling at all. The installation method of a closed rack ceiling is similar to the installation of open type ceilings.
Gapless Ceilings mounted from rails, which have a special mounting method, allowing you to create a perfectly smooth and smooth surface. True, no one has canceled the cracks, yet the ceiling consists of slats, but their depth is insignificant (only a few millimeters). The assembly of this design is carried out using special traverses with small protrusions for fixing rails on them.
Advantages and disadvantages in the kitchen
For kitchens, rack ceilings are just a godsend, because they have a number of characteristics that with confidence allow you to operate them in “wet-greasy” conditions. So, rack ceilings:
- resistant to high humidity and temperature jumps;
- perfectly hide any imperfections in the ceiling, be it cracks in the ceilings or banal irregularities;
- easy and quick to install, because this does not require lengthy preparatory work related to leveling the ceiling;
- easy to care and maintain;
- ideal for creating multi-level ceilings with spot lights;
- comply with fire safety requirements;
- made of environmentally friendly materials;
However, there is one small drawback: rack ceilings steal the height of the room, so if your apartment does not differ in sufficient ceiling height, then think a hundred times before deciding to install suspended structures.
This minus, however, is easily nullified by looking at a long list of positive characteristics of rack ceilings.
Optimum color gamut
For some reason, many are convinced that the ceiling in the kitchen must be white. But what is worse than the kitchen in the same living room or bedroom, in which the “top” can be anything? Yes, nothing! Slatted ceilings make it easy to create an interesting design in the kitchen, because they are available not only in white, but also in gray, black and even gold.
The ceiling, consisting of mirror slats, which create the effect of depth and volume, looks very original.
In addition to single-color options, some manufacturers offer very unusual multi-color models – such a bright, juicy, creative ceiling will perfectly complement your kitchen, giving it exclusivity and a special touch.
Slatted ceilings – this is not just a beautiful element of decor, it is also an affordable way to decorate your kitchen. The cost of the rack structure is much lower than the prices for suspended ceilings, but somewhat exceeds the cost of ceiling plates. Although, if you compare all three options for finishing kitchen ceilings, then the rack system will still be ahead.