Top Ceilings Trends for 2017: Wood, Color and Dynamic Shapes

Architects and interior designers have many choices to make when designing a space—and the selection of a ceiling solution is among the most challenging. Choosing an option that both fits the space aesthetically and has all the necessary performance characteristics can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.

Below we’ve rounded up the top ceilings trends for 2017 that check all these boxes and work across a wide array of applications.

Wood (or the Look Thereof)
Wood is making a strong comeback in contemporary design and is prevalent in many of the projects we see across North America. And for good reason: nothing adds warmth to a space like a beautiful wood finish.


USG True™ Wood Renditions™ Panels feature the elegance and warmth of true wood, are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified and have a class A fire rating.

For projects in which the use of real wood is out of budget or impractical—in exterior applications subject to wind, temperature fluctuation and moisture—architects and interior designers can consider using aluminum panels that look like wood. The combination of strong, corrosion-resistant aluminum with the classic look of wood is a perfect choice for numerous applications, including entertainment facilities, hospitality environments and transportation terminals.


USG Celebration™ Snap-In Metal Panels, shown here in a Beech wood finish, offer a contemporary look with the hidden strength and corrosion resistance of aluminum.

Color, Color Everywhere
The use of color in a space is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also can have a profound impact on the mood and well-being of building occupants. For this reason, we’re not surprised to have seen a significant increase in the use of color in ceilings applications.


USG Halcyon™ Canopies can be used to provide a dramatic sense of place and come in a variety of colors, designs and sizes.

Dynamic Shapes and Sizes
Another big ceilings trend for 2017 is the use of dynamic shapes that define spaces and architectural features. Shaped ceiling elements allow architects and interior designers to provide visual interest in a variety of spaces, highlight functional zones and support wayfinding. Some are even lit from above to create both ambient and dramatic effects.


USG Libretto® Gridless Metal System allows you to create islands, canopies, radials, crescents and other shapes, with perforations that follow the contours of the ceiling.

These are just a few of the ceilings trends we’ve seen so far in 2017. To get more ideas and inspiration for your next ceilings project, visit