Stretch ceiling with photo printing: 5 tips for choosing

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When considering future renovations, most of us focus on the choice of finishing materials for walls and floors, and pay much less attention to the ceiling. White paint, sheets of drywall, painted all the same white, or a plain stretch ceiling are the most popular options. Boring! Whether it’s a stretch ceiling with photo printing. True, you also need to be careful with him so as not to make the room heavier, not to sink to bad taste. Let’s together determine the line when a stretch ceiling with a pattern is beautiful and elegant, and when it is lurid. Let’s figure out which materials will be preferable, and which printing method is better.

Type of seal

Let’s not be cunning, we all begin our acquaintance with any type of finish, evaluating its appearance. Naturally, the “like / dislike” parameter will be decisive when choosing, but you should be aware that even the most beautiful pattern on the ceiling will not be durable if low-quality materials were used, therefore, acquaintance with the proposed finish should start with boring, but important of things.

First of all, we pay attention to the type of printing:

  • eco-solvent. The paint requires drying for three days, which somewhat lengthens the period between the order of the canvas and its installation. On the other hand, the paint provides excellent aesthetic and performance properties. Printed with eco-solvent ink, stretch ceilings look three-dimensional, have a 3D effect and high detail. Over time, the material does not fade or tarnish. Even though this method can be printed on canvases no more than 3.5 m wide, this method is most popular;

  • ultraviolet. This type of printing is about 2-3 times more expensive than eco-solvent, but not only printing, but also drying with UV rays takes place on the machine, so the ceiling can be mounted almost immediately. If the deadlines are on, then this is the most suitable option. In addition, UV inks are great for printing high contrast and dark images. The paint provides excellent color rendering, dense saturated color. An additional bonus is the ability to print on wide canvases, up to 5.4 m.

It turns out that if you choose a stretch ceiling with photo printing in a large living room, then it would be best to resort to ultraviolet printing. If the budget is limited, then you will have to put up with the presence of a seam when printing on two canvases with eco-solvent.

Manufacturing material

Stretch ceilings are made from fabric and PVC film. The fabric canvases have a matte surface, and the PVC ceiling can be glossy, matte, or satin. The aesthetic qualities of your photo-printed ceiling will depend not only on the type of material, but also on the version of its surface. Everything in order. First, briefly about the properties of different materials.

There are actually only two options:

  • film ceilings are made of PVC cloth, differ in a lower price, a wide variety of textures and colors (the paint on the film looks brighter and more saturated than on the fabric). The film is waterproof, because if suddenly the neighbors from above arrange a flood, all the water will be retained by the film, and the called specialist will carefully pump it out. And no repairs with replacement of floor and wall coverings, purchase of new furniture, etc.! PVC film is environmentally friendly and fireproof, and if it sags a little over time, it shrinks under the action of a heat gun. The cons are not so significant. The film is suitable only for heated rooms, as it is afraid of low temperatures. The width of the PVC canvas rarely exceeds 3 m, so in large rooms you will have to put up with the seams. Fortunately, they are not particularly noticeable, and most of the rooms are not so spacious as to feel this shortcoming. Perhaps the most significant disadvantage is low strength, but if you do not throw knives and axes at the ceiling, then everything will be fine;

  • the fabric can be up to 5 m wide, is not afraid of low temperatures and allows air to pass through, therefore it ensures the maintenance of an optimal microclimate. Thanks to the treatment with special substances, the strength and antistatic properties are increased. Printing on a matte surface of fabric does not look as good as on glossy plastic. In addition, such a solution is more expensive, and the fabric can sag, and it is not able to hold water. Printing on fabric is much less common.

Ceiling texture

From the above, it follows that the ceiling can be:

  • matte (fabric or film);
  • glossy (film);
  • satin (film).

When it comes to choosing a stretch ceiling with photo printing, it is the glossy surface that will behave best in most cases. It has the best color rendering, i.e. you will not get a surprise in the form of the fact that the green suddenly turned almost yellow, and the image now absolutely does not fit the interior and does not like any of the household members. The picture on the gloss will be bright and realistic. In addition, the glossy surface tends to reflect light, so the effect of increasing the space is a bonus, and many say that glare only emphasizes the beauty of the image.

The matte surface is the ideal of style and conciseness, does not strike the eye, does not distract attention. Ideal if you want a solid white ceiling, but not suitable for photo printing. Nobody knows how this or that color will look on a matte surface, so manufacturers rarely take up printing on fabric and matte film. The exception is black and white images, because it is not difficult to predict the final result here.

The satin surface is somewhere between glossy and matte. Such a ceiling will glare, but only slightly, all reflections in it will be blurry and unobtrusive. Ideal for aesthetics, but a bit tricky to print. The picture will look different depending on the amount of light. If the image is selected correctly, then it is even more interesting, because in the morning, afternoon and evening you actually get a different interior. Otherwise, under certain lighting conditions, the ceiling will look completely different from what you intended. The company where you will order the ceiling should suggest the best solution.

Stretch ceilings with photo printing from Ecos Potolok

Residents of Kiev and the region can order stretch ceilings in the company Ecos Potolok… Experts use materials from well-known manufacturers, install fabric and film stretch ceilings, can equip a two-level structure, as well as a “starry sky” ceiling and a ceiling with photo printing. The image is applied only to the film ceiling, you can choose a drawing with a 3D effect. The image is applied to the fabric ceiling by hand with acrylic paints. Installation is carried out in a matter of hours.

Stretch ceiling design with photo printing

Before looking at the commonly used types of images, consider the popular design options:

  • single-level ceiling – a classic, the easiest solution to install. Almost any image will look beautiful. If the height of the room is small, then it is better to stop just on a single-level ceiling;

  • a two-level ceiling is a more interesting option. In this case, a single-color stretch or suspended plasterboard ceiling is combined with a stretch ceiling on which the drawing is applied. The solution is more difficult to implement, requires a more responsible approach to thinking about design, but in large and tall rooms it looks quite interesting;

  • so called soaring ceiling, the effect is achieved through the use of LED strip.

As for the nature of the image, then conditionally all possible options for stretch ceilings with photo printing can be divided into the following types:

  • sky: clear, with clouds, sun, fragments of trees, etc. This option is a real hit, because the blue of the sky has an excellent effect on the nervous system, and in the harsh domestic climate very often there is not enough clear light sky, which leads to depression. In addition, the image of the sky, and even with successful lighting, will make the ceiling visually higher, and the room larger;

  • natural landscapes such as foliage, butterflies, grass are a good option if you need to bring freshness to the room. Flowers are generally the second most popular solution after the sky. Daisies and roses, chrysanthemums and lilies – almost all kinds of flowers are used to decorate the ceiling. It looks romantic and gentle, if, of course, it is tastefully made. On the other hand, the floral theme is always the risk of falling into bad taste;

  • reproductions of famous paintings, frescoes and mosaics are a chic option for rooms in a classic style. Such a ceiling is not suitable for small rooms, since the subject matter of the image itself requires space. In addition, it will be necessary to carefully consider the choice of the chandelier so that the canvas looks harmonious;

  • abstraction is a good option if you want to make the room somewhat extraordinary. A beautiful abstract drawing or pattern attracts attention, but does not press and does not become the most important element in the room;

  • nautical motives are an interesting solution for bathrooms. These are waves, pebbles, shells and even crabs. If the interior is designed in a suitable way, then each trip to the bath will become almost a trip to the bottom of the ocean. Sounds loud, but the effect is actually impressive;

  • cartoon characters, airplanes, kites are excellent options for organizing a children’s room.

We will not discover America if we say that when choosing an image and color scheme, it is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of the interior. This applies to both the picture itself and its shades. Remember that small spaces will appear even smaller and lower if the entire canvas is done in dark colors. For a standard small living room, for example, it is better to hiccup something in light or pastel colors.

Naturally, the color of the stretch ceiling should overlap with the rest of the interior items. An interesting solution for the kitchen – one theme for the ceiling and apron. In both cases, you can use the image of ice cubes, coffee beans, butterflies or bamboo shoots.

Pros and cons

It seems that all the advantages and disadvantages of stretch ceilings with photo printing are already obvious. Nevertheless, you can still miss something, so we list the main advantages and disadvantages.


  • unique design. You can choose an image from hundreds of available ones, and if you still couldn’t find anything, then you can use the picture that you find on photo stocks or even make it yourself. True, not all images can be used for printing – it all depends on their technical parameters. In addition, when preparing an image, designers use special processing techniques;
  • the ability to create visual illusions. Having successfully chosen an image, you can visually raise the ceiling or even create the effect of its absence;
  • the ability to quickly and easily add a certain mood to the interior;
  • quick and clean installation, no dust and dirt.


  • the picture can quickly get bored, although the ceiling itself is designed for long-term use. The selected image becomes especially quickly irrelevant in children’s rooms;
  • it takes about a week on average from ordering a design to installation, which is associated with the need to dry eco-solvent ink. Not every city has UV printing machines;
  • if you decide to sell or rent an apartment, be prepared that some of the buyers may not like your renovation;
  • a ceiling with a photo print is more expensive than a plain one.

The very process of installing stretch ceilings with photo printing does not differ from the installation of the same type of finish, but without a picture. Everything goes quickly and cleanly.

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