Kitchens excluded, there may be no more hardworking area of a restaurant than its ceiling. Much of that has to do with what lies beyond: Ceilings often hide a chaotic, crammed-in collection of mission-critical mechanical and wiring systems. They anchor most of the lighting in a restaurant and strongly influence acoustics, effectively helping to soften a dining room’s din or, in many cases, adding to it when ceilings are high and finishes are hard.

In buildings with tall, open spaces, strategically placed sections of drop ceiling or floating cloud elements can provide intimacy, absorb sound and help to organize the space. Using different ceiling treatments in different areas or zones of a restaurant can do so as well.

Increasingly, ceilings are seen as a final frontier for adding unique, wow-factor design elements to restaurant interiors. Designers are embracing ceilings by using a fantastic array of materials and design approaches to turn them into virtual works of art right alongside creative wall treatments and other specialty decor elements — and they’re creating Instagram-worthy features in the process.

Given their need to multitask, however, a variety of factors must be carefully weighed when considering designs and materials choices. These start with basic ceiling height and budget but also include questions of sound absorption and reflectivity qualities, color and texture, code considerations, sustainability, ongoing maintenance, lighting, and contributions to overall interior design.

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New MetalWorks Mesh Designs

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has added 14 new designs to its MetalWorks mesh panels portfolio. The 24-by-24-inch panels visually create an illusion of a narrow grid reveal using standard 15/16-inch suspension. Available in 10 finishes, including the new antiqued nickel-plated option, they’re flexible enough to use as accent borders, clouds or full ceilings. Custom colors are also available. When backed with black acoustic infill panels, MetalWorks mesh panels provide sound absorption of up to 0.85 NCR while hiding the plenum. They’re easily installed on a standard suspension system with borders or finished edges.

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions

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Indoor or Outdoor Decorative Panels

Parasoleil offers decorative yet durable and safe panels that can be used for overhead applications, including as an indoor design feature or outdoor shading. The panels are designed to withstand the elements, including wind and snow. Powder coated with UV-resistant formulas, both Parasoleil panels and the Parasoleil Bracket System protect from corrosion and sun exposure. The Parasoleil Bracket System offers a simplified and universal installation system of panels, no matter the application. Panels can be designed with the choice of 50 standard patterns and 17 powder-coated finishes or to customers’ specifications upon request.


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Modular Felt Ceiling System

Hunter Douglas Architectural partnered with Danish architect Bjarne Hammer of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects to create HeartFelt modular felt ceiling system panels, offering excellent acoustic and visual qualities. Sustainably designed, the panels are crafted from felted, thermoformed polyester. Their dense, soft structure features a square-edge design that draws the eye while also accommodating the aesthetic and functional needs of interior spaces. Available in seven shades of gray and five earth tones, the panels can be installed as a ceiling cloud or as a full ceiling by splicing individual pieces to create continuous lengths.

Hunter Douglas Architectural

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Vintage Tin Ceilings

Add historic charm to your next project with vintage tin ceiling tiles. Olde Good Things has large quantities of salvaged tin ceiling panels in inventory, including several works by artist Mladen Noval and hand-painted art deco-style panels. They’re available in a variety of colors in both tin and wood. Distressed frames add character and unique style to each piece.

Olde Good Things

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Sound-Absorbing Clouds

EchoCloud was created with difficult, high-volume ceilings in mind. The customizable cloud units help absorb sound within an open space and reduce reverberation, no matter the ceiling type. Available in four different styles — Deep Cloud, 3D Cloud, Flat Cloud and Perforated Flat Cloud — and multiple shapes per style, this acoustic system boosts ceiling design capabilities and hides distracting ceiling fixtures. Kirei offers EchoCloud in any of its 20 standard EchoPanel colors to complement a room’s decor. In addition, EchoPanel is responsibly sourced and made from recycled PET materials to qualify for LEED credits and other green building or sustainability certifications.

Kirei USA

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Acoustic Panels with Integrated LEDs

Falcon has integrated lighting into its high-performance Caruso acoustic panels, utilizing one of the most advanced DC systems available on the market. A state-of-the-art, fully integrated power and LED lighting system, Falcon Power Solutions is a Class 2 low-voltage solution that offers wireless control and is safe, easy and cost-efficient to install — no licensed electrician required. The new system is highly energy-efficient, modular and adaptable.

Falcon Products

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