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First, let us begin with a little background about tin ceiling tiles. Pressed or embossed tin ceilings were very popular during the Victorian Era as an affordable substitute for the plaster-designed ceilings found in wealthy European homes. Thin metal sheets of tin, copper or stainless steel were stamped with intricate patterns and often painted white to resemble the more expensively-produced, hand-carved or molded plaster ceilings. Companies in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania mass produced thin metal plate during the late 1800s and created numerous patterns from which buyers could choose.
One of the biggest lighting problems in many homes is the lack of a central light fixture in large rooms. Some living rooms, bathrooms and some family rooms and dens often have no ceiling light at all, but instead use things like floor lamps and table lamps. It's most likely that these homes were built with an eye toward cutting costs, as it would have taken a little extra time and expense to install a light fixture in these rooms.
Glossy paints are best for smaller rooms with shorter ceilings. The gloss offers a reflective surface that can be used to enhance the space. A few of the common scenes on a shorter ceiling are a blue sky with white clouds. Cathedral ceilings tend to have a starry sky, especially in a bedroom. When you paint your ceilings you can have a different look for each room.
Tin plated steel ceiling panels possessed an additional characteristic that fueled their popularity. They have an hour burn rating at 1300 degrees, which provided an effective fire retardent. In the early 20th century, many first floor stores and shops had apartments homes on the second floor. Tin ceilings installed on the first floor gave the second floor residents adequate time to escape a deadly fire.
Don't forget to consider the type of light you might want to put there. Some specialty lights might require certain types of fittings, and you wouldn't want the extra expense of having a new fitting installed. If the light will be controlled by a wall-switch, that requires a little extra installation, so it's a good idea to consider the type of light and whether something with a pull-chain will be your choice, which will also simplify installation.
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