Featured Project: Alma Homes

October 24, 2018

Creating homes based on clients’ personalities with tin panels Kirsten, Principal Designer and Founder of Alma Homes, is a custom home builder and remodeling expert located in Minnesota. She helps clients envision and execute on their dream home. We sat down with the designer extraordinaire and picked her brain on her processes and design style. Alma Homes’ design process is an all encompassing process. This means that they sit down with their clients through every step of the process - from initial design plan to selecting products and furniture....

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A Design Primer: Tin Installations with Pattern #7

December 20, 2015

American Tin Ceilings produces a selection of carefully chosen patterns for design aesthetics ranging from traditional to modern. One of the most popular patterns in our repertoire for commercial installations is Pattern #7, a dignified and traditional design featuring an ascending braided egg and dart frame with an elegant embossed circle. Pattern #7 works in concert with many design aesthetics and is available in each of our 35 colors....

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Profession Spotlight - Neil Dawson, Snook Architects

September 18, 2015

www.snookarchitects.com Overview Liverpool’s Neil Dawson may have just won the Royal Academy of British Architects' North West Emerging Architect of the Year Award, but that didn’t stop the principal of Snook Architects from giving us a peek into his history, inspiration sources, and why he’s specified American Tin for multiple high-impact installations in the UK. TILES INSTALLED: Pattern #32, Antique Rustic Copper LOCATION: Ormskirk, England APPLICATION: Restaura....

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The Artisan Collection

September 11, 2015

The Artisan Collection is one of American Tin’s most popular color sets. Hand-finished by a master painter who generates custom color combinations from a range of his experiences and sources - unique textures and materials, travels, and historical buildings - the hand-distressed patina of these beautiful panels is second to none. Here’s part of our finisher’s process to achieve such a stunning look: after powder coating your tin panels with a base layer (applying the foundation color as a dust and baking it on), a topcoat is then painted by hand (frequently in a metallic shade)....

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Rolling Runway - The Mobile Airstream Boutique With American Tin Panels

August 14, 2015

www.rollingrunway.com - @rollingrunway The Rolling Runway is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Morgan Schubert & Kendall Turnipseed. With an idea that began in a college course, Schubert and Turnispeed combined their love of fashion and the open road with a strategy to minimize the overhead of a brick and mortar store. What was born is a truly unique retail venture: a 1963 Airstream trailer renovated into a mobile boutique. When we caught a glimpse of the gorgeous white tin ceiling in Silvia, the name of Schubert and Turnipseed’s Airstream, we had to learn more…...

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The Easiest Fix for Popcorn Ceilings - Snap Lock™ Tin Tiles

April 2, 2015

FACT: Our patented Snap Lock™ tiles are the easiest way to renovate an out of style popcorn ceiling. Forget wasting a weekend with wet, messy scraping; we have a stunning solution that takes a matter of hours. Snap Lock™ tin tiles screw directly into your popcorn ceiling (or drywall for that matter). Available in 2 ft. x 2 ft. panels in all of our gorgeous colors and patterns, there’s no easier, cheaper, or more beautiful way to dramatically improve the look of an out of style popcorn ceiling....

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What Your Tin Tile Color Says About You

September 29, 2014

With 50+ color options, choosing what finish to order your tiles in may seem overwhelming. By narrowing the choices by family, it may make it a bit easier to help determine what type of look and style you like or are trying to achieve. Let us break it down for you: Artisan - You care about having the highest quality home accents and it shows in your decor, each tile is lovingly hand finished to give you a distinct, one of a kind antique feel that will be the envy of the neighborhood....

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Trendsetting: When Old Becomes New Again

September 23, 2014

It’s often said that trends cycle. Whether it be fashion or interior design, from your trusty high-waisted jeans to classic red lips, there are some fads that aren’t really fads at all because they’ll never completely die. These “trends” may dip in popularity for a few years, but resurgence is almost surely guaranteed. One of those is the ever-popular tin ceiling. Hailing from the Victorian era, tin ceilings were beloved in the early 19th century for their decorative charm, a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to the pricey handcrafted European home accents that took years to complete....

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3 Ways to Give Your Home Vintage Charm with Tin Tiles

September 5, 2014

It has been said that, “Everything Old Becomes New Again” so it’s time to embrace the past as a current design trend. There’s something timeless and classic about a house with handcrafted details painstakingly picked out from start to finish. Even if your house isn’t sufficiently aged through the years, you can still add historic touches liked reclaimed wood, charming furniture pieces and tin tiles. Like a fine wine, a vintage home only gets better with age....

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4 Creative Ways to use Tin Tiles Around the House

August 18, 2014

Tin ceilings carry a nostalgic style that is reminiscent of the Art Deco period popularized in the late 19th century. Tin tiles are often used to restore historic Victorian homes, however, they can still be incorporated into modern and contemporary designs. Here are 4 creative ways to use tin tiles around the house. Walls in the Home Metal makes a bold statement and many wouldn’t even know that these tiles are incredibly affordable....

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Commercial Ceiling Design – Big Brands Love Tin Ceiling Tiles

August 11, 2014

For worldwide brands and international chains, interior design is about creating an aesthetic that is universally recognizable to convey a specific experience, yet distinct enough at each property that each location has a unique identity. For a lot of large retailers, that means incorporating tin ceiling tiles into their brand. From outdoor recreation to family entertainment, check out how these impressive commercial spaces are using tin ceiling tiles to make a statement....

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Vintage Tin Tile Art Projects from Etsy

August 8, 2014

It’s no secret we love seeing creative projects with t in. And when you’re looking for the ultimate in handmade, crafty wonders, you go to Etsy. Aside from selling our vintage tiles as standalone wall art, the artisans below are making truly innovation projects with tin, the perfect rustic gift for any art lover. Check out some of these cool households goods made with tin or dream up your own....

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How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

July 28, 2014

Popcorn ceilings were a trend in home design from the 1950s-80s, but like most things from that era, the trend has long since died. If you’re stuck looking up at the aftermath, don’t fret. Popcorn ceilings can be removed, albeit you have a little patience and a few hours to kill. Removal Process Also called cottage cheese ceilings for their bumpy texture, the treatment is actually just spray-on paint. Although the process is messy, spraying with water to soften, and scraping with a large trowel or putty knife can easily remove popcorn ceilings....

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Case Study: Cosa Design

July 21, 2014

As the winner of our photo contest, CoSa Design in Brooklyn completely restored this historic colonial home to its former glory. While this beautiful bathroom elicits a sense of nostalgia, it also achieves the perfect balance of newness by mixing metallic tin panels with traditional wainscoting over a one-of-a-kind wooden sink. The accents and fixtures compliment its rustic allure and we know quite well anyone would be happy to start their day in this charming space....

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How much does it cost to install a tin ceiling?

July 8, 2014

Due to their decorative and ornate nature, when people see tin ceilings, they automatically assume they’re extravagant and expensive, a luxury only accessible to the ultra wealthy. You may be surprised to learn that they’re actually so affordable anyone could add a beautiful tin ceiling to their home. With almost no installation costs (an easy DIY project), all you’re paying for is the materials, which depends on your color selection and room size....

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Case Study: Riverboat Discovery

June 30, 2014

You can find our tin tiles literally in any corner of the globe from the mom and pop shop down the block to a cruise ship in Alaska. Certainly one of our more interesting clients, the Riverboat Discovery has a unique tale from it’s humble beginnings to a booming tourist attraction. Not only a good story, but an interesting application, tin is used for both aesthetics and to lighten the weight of the boat per government regulations....

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Where Do Our Patterns Come From?

June 23, 2014

One question we always get asked is where our beautiful patterns come from. And the answer is a variety of places. Some of the Victorian styles we buy at antique auctions. Others we replicate from designs we see. We try to cater to a range of home styles by offering as many modern, geometric patterns as old-world ornate designs. Some of the most interesting stories are below. Pattern #22 The #22 tin ceiling tile (24”x 24”) is a beautiful design that was salvaged from an abandoned 1800s building Cheyenne, Wyoming that was destroyed by fire....

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Beautiful Bathrooms with Tin

June 18, 2014

Notoriously homebuyers have put a huge emphasis on bathrooms and kitchens and are willing to pay more for well-designed spaces. It lends itself to the “home is my sanctuary” mentality, and having many desirable features not only increases your resale value, but also makes you feel more comfortable in the interim, blending practical and pretty. They key to good bathroom design is compartmentalization – keeping the shower and bath separate from the vanity, storage and toilet, while emphasizing luxurious finishes....

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Case Study: Adya

June 9, 2014

One of the most hotly anticipated spring restaurant openings in the OC, Adya is the new project from renowned Chef Shachi Mehra, deemed the Queen of Indian by Riviera magazine. The menu combines modern and classic Indian cooking, while balancing a bold Southern California influence. Located in the newly transformed Anaheim Packing House, an open kitchen with a view of the tandoor ovens is a highlight of the space....

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Make Your Outdoor Space Shine for Memorial Day

May 23, 2014

Tin ceiling tiles can be installed anywhere and everywhere and some of the most creative projects we’ve seen have actually been on the exterior the home, rather than inside of it. From tin soffits to outdoor bars and standalone rock waterfalls, what our amazingly imaginative clients think up never ceases to surprise and amaze us. If you’re thinking of redoing the outside of your home or updating your backyard landscaping, tin tiles are an easy DIY project that the whole family could get involved with to enjoy together....

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Surprise Mom with an Amazing Home Makeover

May 7, 2014

One of most important holidays of the year is right around the corner, and this year you’ll be able to wow mom like never before. Rather than give her the standard card and flowers for Mother’s Day, surprise her with a home makeover with tin ceilings in her favorite room of the house. Before you say no, we’ve outlined the top three reasons why a tin ceiling will earn you major brownie points with mom this Mother’s Day....

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Our Love Affair with Copper Tiles

April 30, 2014

As a precious metal, copper’s prices have been on the rise the last few years and it’s no wonder. It looks expensive, ages well, and adds an antique touch anywhere you use it in the home. The history of copper in architecture can be linked to its durability, corrosion resistance, prestigious appearance, and ability to form complex shapes. Copper is commonly used for plumbing and electrical work, but interior designers love it equally as much for the design punch it provides where form follows function....

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The Best Tin Installations in Europe

April 28, 2014

Our sales agent Arjan has been helping to lead the charge introduce tin to Europe and from custom patterns for the Heineken head office to the corner store; it’s been catching on like wildfire. Here are some of our favorite tin installations in Europe, from restaurant to retail. Milk Bar – Kiev Launched just two months ago amidst a country in crisis, Milk Bar is a welcome addition to the Ukrainian restaurant scene....

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Photo Contest Update- We’re Impressed!

April 21, 2014

We’re a couple weeks into our photo contest and just a quick note the deadline to enter, vote and share has been extended until May 15 so keep spreading the world! Also, due to your feedback, we’ve started accepting entries via email that we can upload to our Facebook app for you. If you’d like to enter this way, send your high-res installation pictures to photos@americantinceilings.com with a brief explanation of what/where it is....

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The Ultimate Basement Remodel with Ceiling Tiles

April 16, 2014

Basements are usually one of two things- dark, dingy, forgotten storage spaces or finished dens and playrooms, spaces the children can ravage that’s concealed from sight. If you’re tired of the hurricane of toys and clutter, it doesn’t have to be like that. Make your basement a beautiful area you want to show off, with proper lighting, attractive window coverings, and inviting furniture. According to the Toronto Star, ceiling tiles are one of the easiest ways to brighten up a basement....

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How to Remove a Tile Backsplash (to Replace with Something Better)

April 14, 2014

Ever make a design decision that you regretted later? You don’t have to live with remodel regret! Thankfully, ceilings and backsplashes are easy enough to remove to replace with something better. Our tin tiles are beautiful, start at under $2 a square foot and can be installed on any surface. With all our color and pattern options and plenty of sample pack variety, take your time choosing a look you love for your new tin backsplash or ceiling....

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Case Study- Stanley Hotel

April 9, 2014

An iconic and infamous vacation locale, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is a breathtaking historical landmark located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, you may be more familiar with it as the setting of Steven King’s novel and subsequent movie, The Shining, and it’s allegedly haunted properties. Haunted History Since opening in 1909, numerous accounts of odd behavior and ghosts have been reported, leading the property to be a regular feature on Ghost Hunters, the Sy Fy show that investigates paranormal activity....

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12 Quotes that will Challenge your thinking about Traditional Ceilings

April 7, 2014

The debt ceiling, the glass ceiling, every quote about ceilings were written to express an obstacle, something holding you back. We hope to challenge that with tin ceilings. Beautiful pieces of art, looking up should inspire you to reach for the stars instead of keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground. So the next time you’re plan a home remodel think of the ceiling as your zen spot – the place to daydream....

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It’s a Tin Ceiling Photo Contest!

April 2, 2014

April is Customer Appreciation Month and we want to celebrate by showcasing your awesome work. With over 75,000 customers to date (thank you!), we know you all have some amazing installations with our tin tiles. With each new photo that comes across our in-boxes, social media channels or otherwise, we are humbled by the creativity of our DIY, home improvement aficionados. We know there are so many more out there - and we want to see them all!...

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Case Study: Alban Adobe Casa, Alban Vineyards

March 26, 2014

The Alban Adobe is the family home of the owner of Alban Vineyards, the first American winery and vineyard in Edna Valley, California. Established exclusively to harvest Rhone Varieties, the 250-acre property has been featured in a made for TV movie about wine and cooking. The exterior tin ceiling tiles were added during a recent renovation, which will be featured in a soon-to-be released coffee table book, “The Building of the Alban Adobe Casa,” for the owner to give to guests as part of the experience of visiting the estate....

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Get Outside: The Best Exterior Tin Installations

March 24, 2014

With spring weather begging you to start your gardening and landscaping projects, we’re here to remind you that tin ceiling tiles look just as great outside as they do inside. Our tin tiles are perfect for wainscoting, finishing a patio, or as window or roof trim. Our creative customers have used them for everything from flower boxes to fence design- the only limit is your imagination. Rust and water resistant, you won’t have to worry about them being affected by the elements, as our powder-finishes are strong and designed to last for years....

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Interior Design Spotlight: Collaborative Design Group

March 19, 2014

We love installations of our ceiling tiles that are non-traditional. Don’t get us wrong, a great ceiling or backsplash will completely transform a room, but it’s the unique spaces, uses and innovative design that really gets us excited about all the possibilities with t in. Our interior design partners have no shortage of creativity, and Mickey Bufalini of Collaborative Design Group in Houston, Texas is no exception. With the goal of “breathing new life into a space and enticing you to stay,” one of their founding design principles comes from Paola Antonelli, curator of MOMA, “Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know was missing....

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Ceiling Tiles Comparison (Tin vs. Plastic)

March 17, 2014

We know you have a choice when it comes to ceiling tiles, or home remodeling in general. In fact, you probably have way too many choices from colors and patterns to finishes and materials. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it helps to make a pros and cons list of the cost benefit analysis so you know where to splurge and where to save when comparing tin or another metal to plastic. At least in the world of ceiling tiles, we’ll help break it down for you....

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Four Reasons You Need a Tin Backsplash

March 13, 2014

A vertical extension to a counter, backsplashes have become immensely popular for kitchens and bathrooms in the past decade and with all the great benefits they provide, it’s easy to see why. Originally created to protect the wall from accidental splashes of water, homeowners now view them as an aesthetically pleasing accent piece that begs for creativity. Check out some of our top reasons you need a tin backsplash over any other kind of tile....

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Spring Cleaning: The Pain of Popcorn Ceilings

March 10, 2014

In turning our clocks forward yesterday, we officially look forward to spring’s prudent arrival. In doing so, it means it’s officially time to start planning spring cleaning projects. And one thing that should definitely be on your list? Finally getting rid of those horrid popcorn ceilings. Give your 5th wall the attention it deserves with a beautiful tin ceiling upgrade. A mainstay of the 1950s to 1980s, popcorn, cottage cheese or stucco ceiling as it may be called was a spray-on paint treatment....

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Case Study: Haunted Mortuary

March 5, 2014

One of the most actively and famously haunted mansions in America; ghost hunters from around the world make the trek to New Orleans to experience paranormal activities at the Haunted Mortuary. Originally built in 1872, the historic property at the end of the Canal Street Cemeteries streetcar line has an interesting story to tell. A Grand Victorian Mansion with awe-inspiring porticos, the building was considered an architectural marvel with its neo-classical revival style exterior and eclectic interior....

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Are American Tin Ceiling Tiles Eco-Friendly?

March 3, 2014

If you care about the environment and adopting a sustainable lifestyle, you may be concerned with what products you’re using in your home - and rightfully so. Your home is the place where you spend the most time with your loved ones so you want to ensure your family is happy and healthy. With many building materials getting a bad rap for being full of toxic chemicals, you can rest assured our tin ceiling tiles are not only eco-friendly, but completely safe....

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Interview with a Design Consultant

February 28, 2014

Operations manager and design consultant Crystal Pinkston has been with American Tin Ceilings Company for over ten years. With countless stories and advice, we caught up with her to get the skinny on home renovations and remodels. Where are you from? I am from Palmetto, Florida. I was born and raised here, and I have never lived anywhere else. I had never seen snow for the first time until I was 21 years old — definitely a beach girl....

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Case Study: Melt Bar & Grilled

February 26, 2014

“Tin ceilings were always my first choice and I never considered any other materials. Why settle for second best?” –Matt Fish, Owner of Melt Bar & Grilled As American as baseball or apple pie, grilled cheese is a comfort food that can take you back to your childhood. Melt Bar and Grilled is no ordinary sandwich shop, though. With rotating specials that include everything from Sriracha butter to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this cult phenomenon (seriously, their fans get tattoos) uses American Tin Ceilings as a major identifying element of their brand....

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How to Install and Care for a Tin Backsplash

February 24, 2014

So you’ve decided your kitchen needs a little pick me up and the perfect solution is a beautiful and affordable tin backsplash? Good choice. For any DIYer or halfway handy homemaker, installing a tin backsplash is an easy project that can be accomplished in as little as a few hours to make a world of difference in your kitchen design. How to Install a Tin Backsplash in 3 Easy Steps Step 1: Choose Your Pattern and Color...

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Inspiring Kitchens with Tin Ceiling Tiles

February 20, 2014

Introduced to America in the early 1900s, tin ceiling tiles have been a must-have for homeowners looking to set their residence apart in an affordable and stylish way. With brilliant metallic colors like gold, silver, and bronze available in 33 patterns, many modern homeowners have added tin accents to their kitchen for an easy weekend DIY project. Whether it’s on the ceiling, the bar or as a backsplash, tin ceilings tiles offer a gorgeous, contemporary alternative to traditional kitchen design....

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Secret Benefits of Tin Ceiling Tiles: Fire Protection and Home Safety

February 19, 2014

You know the beauty and ambiance that tin tiles provide which is probably what drew you to them in the first place, but did you also know that they’re extremely fire resistant? With more than 2,500 people killed per year in residential fires, when you undergo a home remodel, it’s important to consider the safety of the materials you’re choosing for your family, pets and loved ones. One common misconception is that any home not made out of concrete, glass, stucco, gypsum (drywall), or brick are susceptible to residential fires, but in reality, fire-resistant materials like tin are rated in respect for how long they take to burn, giving occupants plenty of time to escape if something were to go awry....

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The Best Retail Spaces with Tin Ceiling Tiles

February 17, 2014

The goal of retail design is to draw people in, create an enjoyable shopping experience, and convert visitors into buyers. From restaurants to shops, metallic accents add visual interest and create a dynamic customer experience. Tin ceiling tiles are a beautiful addition to any retail space as some of these standout retailers know, just take a look at the innovative ways they’re using our products to create a uniquely memorable shopping or dining environment....

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Case Study: Grand River Station

February 12, 2014

Awarded Project of the Year in 2010, La Crosse’s Grand River Station transit center was one of Wisconsin’s top public works projects. The $30 million transportation center was a joint development project in historic La Cross. A completely unique space, not only is the building a bus and train terminal, but it also boasts an impressive 12,000 square feet commercial space, parking facility and three floors of apartments in the upper levels....

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How to Plan a Successful Ceiling Remodel

February 5, 2014

An often forgotten or overlooked element of the home, your ceiling needs love, too. Usually a blank canvas, the ceiling typically comes as generic as possible. If you’d rather it stand out instead of fading into the background, here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a ceiling remodel to turn the 5th wall into a real focal point, with or without tin. Understand Your Blueprint Take the time to research your building or home....

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Special Tin Patterns

February 3, 2014

If you’re new to the wonderful world of tin ceiling tiles, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. With 33 patterns in over 50 color options, how do you even begin to narrow down which style is right for you? A lot depends on your personal design aesthetic, but let us highlight a few of our more unique tin patterns that are sure to make your house the talk of the town....

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Jaw Dropping Beautiful Interiors With Tin

January 30, 2014

As a way to cut costs but maintain elegant homes, Victorian middle class families introduced tin ceilings as an alternative to ornate and expensive plaster ceilings. Over 100 years later, tin ceilings are enjoying a revival in a big way. Tin tiles aren’t just for ceilings, though. In need of inspiration for your home? Check out these photos. Dreamy Kitchens Give your kitchen a makeover with a tin backsplash or accent....

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Case Study: Brass Monkey

January 29, 2014

One of the most popular watering holes in NYC, Brass Monkey was opened way back in 2004 to be the unpretentious answer to New York’s onslaught of the scene - glitzy clubs and dress to impress establishments that had started popping up everywhere and becoming a dime a dozen. A warm and welcoming atmosphere with great food and drinks, the management team knew they needed an aesthetic to match the mood - approachable that encouraged hanging out for a long period of time....

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Tin Installations

January 27, 2014

The 7 Deadly Sins are a common set of vices that all of mankind are subject to. When thinking about a home remodel, it’s easy to get caught up in excessive yearning and undesirable behavior. Similar to Bridezilla syndrome, avoid becoming a DIY Diva with an accessible project like tin ceiling tiles. Your friends and family will thank you. Lust Ceiling Tiles There’s no need to simply desire a tin ceiling; it is a completely obtainable and affordable home repair project....

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Interview: The Artisan Painter

January 23, 2014

Ever wonder who the mastermind is behind all those gorgeous artisan colors? Master painter Brian McQuillan has been working with American Tin Ceiling Co. for over 10 years. We caught up with him to discuss his inspirations and the process he undergoes for handpainting the artisan tin ceilings panels. Where are you from? Originally New York. How long have you worked with American Tin Ceilings? About 10 years — I was one of the first installers for them....

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Case Study: Odette

January 21, 2014

An adorable restaurant, bar and retail shop, Odette is a recently opened business in the newly restored downtown Florence main street. Focusing on on tabletop and kitchen items mixed with new American cuisine and craft cocktails, Odette is sure to become one of Alabama’s best hidden gems. Owner Celeste Pillow tells us how tin ceiling tiles helped create their unique aesthetic blending small town ambiance with a trendy, yet neighborhood feel that encourages hanging out for a drink or three....

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4 Places you wouldn’t expect to find Tin Ceilings

January 20, 2014

Tin ceiling tiles are more of a universal design element than you may expect. Sure the neighborhood bar and grill is using them to spruce up a dull interior or to achieve a certain aesthetic, but where else may you run across our tin tiles? Hint: just about everywhere. Take a look at some of our more unique installations. Whole Foods Everyone’s favorite local organic grocery store, Whole Foods is as about ambiance as it is about product selection....

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Interior Design Spotlight: Kelly Wunsch

January 15, 2014

Kelly Wunsch is a unique former MLB player who transitioned to interior design later in life. Playing for the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Milwaukee Brewers for 14 years, he now owns a custom luxury home building company in Austin, Texas that focuses on highly efficiency properties without sacrificing comfort, utility, or aesthetics. He likes the look of tin to add a touch of elegance and visual interest to traditional home styles....

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How to Replace An Ugly Popcorn Ceiling with Tin Ceiling Tiles

January 13, 2014

Although popular when they first debuted in the 1950s, popcorn ceilings have since become dated, ugly leftovers in a home. The knots and bubbles prominent within the ceilings have also become the bane of homeowners as they see their resale value diminish as a result. But hope is not lost! While most assume a ceiling redesign is a huge, costly investment, replacing the popcorn ceilings with tin ceilings is a surprisingly simple DIY project and the modern finish will wow anyone who visits your home....

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Wainscoting- what is it?

January 13, 2014

Wainscoting’s origins can be traced back to 16th century England where it was applied to lower sections of stone walls to counteract the cold and dampness. It used to refer to only wood, literally “wall boards” made of Wainscot oak, but today the term is more inclusive of any type of ornate wall insulation used as decorative paneling. Boiserie specifically means the intricate wood paneling as exemplified in the Palace of Versailles and 18th century French designs....

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Using Filler to Hide Imperfections

January 6, 2014

If you’re worried your room is not exactly the correct size or shape for our tin tiles to look fantastic, worry no more. Filler can be used to complete irregularly shaped ceilings or spaces with uneven dimensions. It can also be used to eliminate gaps when molding is not purchased in conjunction with tin tiles. Another inherent benefit of filler is that it avoids cutting our large panels in half, which would ruin the design and symmetrical patterns....

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Exteriors with Tin

December 30, 2013

There are plenty of quotes about inner beauty. But sometimes, you want to show off the exterior, too. You may be familiar with tin ceilings or tin backsplashes as accent walls on the interior of homes, but a new trend in design world is to decorate the outside of your house. Rusted tin has long been used as an interesting type of siding, but some of our more unique panel installations feature wainscoting walls so the whole neighborhood can appreciate their beautiful finish....

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Suspended, Barrel and Vaulted Ceiling Examples

December 23, 2013

Ceilings come in a variety of shapes and sizes as part of the architecture of your building, but there are a variety of ways to outfit and design them to change the look and feel of the space. If you don’t have a standard flat ceiling, you may think that other shapes are harder to remodel. False. Tin can be added to a variety of ceiling stsyles to add a touch of elegance and class to a room....

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The 8 Best Uses of Tin Tiles on Houzz

December 23, 2013

Houzz is a great source of inspiration for interior design projects. And with over 2,000,000 photos, it’s hard to know where to start. Narrowing that down to just tin tile photos, there are still 300,000+. So where do you begin? We chose 8 of our favorites to get you in the mood for a home makeover. From bathrooms to dining rooms, kitchens and backsplashes, here are a few pictures that really capture the timeless and effortless aesthetic tin can create....

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Holiday Decorations with Tin

December 18, 2013

If you procrastinated decorating this holiday season or feel like your house is still missing that certain je ne sais quoi, why not get crafty and try decorating with tin? Tiles start at just $7 a piece and many are in stock and ready to ship the next day. They are great for adding a rustic, antique feel to projects and are easy to work with. For more inspiration, check out the holiday crafts section on Pinterest (just don’t get sidetracked by all the yummy recipes)....

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Furniture and Art with Tin

December 16, 2013

One of our more unusual applications, Green Oak Antiques is an Indiana-based family business that incorporates tin tiles into their handcrafted antique furniture and wall art. Passed down from generation to generation since 1978, they have created both standard pieces for their showroom and custom commissioned designs. Shabby chic, country, and industrial describe their unique architectural salvage home projects that range from $500-1200 for furniture and $110 for framed art....

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Projects with Unfinished Tin

December 11, 2013

While we offer a plethora of colors and patterns to choose from, those really adventurous DIYers may prefer unfinished t in. Starting at just $6 a tile (with a volume discount, $7 otherwise) and stocked in house, they’re available to ship next day so you can get to work immediately. Our unfinished tin tiles are manufactured from original .010 tin plated steel, each weighing approximately 2 lbs. unlike the black plate or aluminum knockoffs readily available on the market....

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Case Study: La Bella Casa Interior Designs

December 9, 2013

It’s no secret that interior designers love tin ceiling tiles for backsplashes. It adds an eye catching element that always becomes a talking point. We caught up with Lisa Griffiths of La Bella Casa Interiors to discuss why she chose tin for her client’s kitchen remodel. Home Style: Traditional Kitchen Style: Transitional Home Location: North Wales, PA Patterns/Colors Installed: Silver Burnt Umber, Pattern #12 How did you find out about tin as a backsplash option?...

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How to Paint Tin Ceiling Tiles

December 4, 2013

We offer a variety of finished tiles in over 80 powder-coated color combinations, but for those creative, crafty types who would like a completely custom look, unfinished tiles can be painted to suit your needs. How to Paint Unfinished Tin Tiles Our finished tin tiles are powder-coated which means they utilize a polyester resin that is baked onto the metal to make them strong enough to withstand the elements. If you purchase unfinished tiles, you must treat them before applying paint to achieve the same durability....

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Case Study: Whole Foods

December 2, 2013

A global leader in natural and organic foods, Whole Foods has evolved from a mom and pop shop in Austin, Texas in 1980 to one of the world’s most recognized international grocery chains. With new locations sprouting up daily, 11 stores across the Midwest and Canada from Ottowa to St. Louis and Chicago have already implemented tin ceiling tiles as part of their updated design aesthetic that celebrates seasonal, local, regional foods....

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Holiday DIY Projects with Tin Ceiling Tiles

November 26, 2013

The holidays always seem to put people in a crafty, DIY mood. If the egg nogs and apple cider start getting your creative juices are flowing, here are some unique craft projects to try with t in. You can use our tiles for virtually anything to make a one of a kind gift item- the only limit is your imagination. Mold them into keepsake boxes, flower boxes, mirrors, or wall art to achieve a weathered, antique, salvaged look....

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Retail Spotlight: Polpo

November 25, 2013

Polpo is a family of six restaurants in central London. But this is not your average mom and pop diner. Polpo is a bàcaro, a Venetian word describing a humble restaurant serving small plates and young local wines. A Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand winner 3 years running, it has often been described as the “Hottest Table in Town.” An interesting building from the get-go, the first Polpo space in Soho was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto....

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Retail Spotlight: Hut no. 8

November 18, 2013

Crave designer fashions at a fraction of the cost? Hut No. 8 is a nationwide franchise of resale brand name clothing, shoes, and accessories for teens and young adults. The stores are designed to provide an escape and modeled after a Florida Beach Hut frequented by the original owners. The ambiance is high energy with vibrant music and rustic, earthy tones to channel the ocean to make every shopping experience a blissful one....

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Advantages of Tin Over Other Materials

November 13, 2013

We know a lot of choice goes into a home remodel. Aside from accent pieces, furniture and decorations, you have hundreds of construction options for every detail of every room down to the fixtures, colors, materials, and textures that can change the look and feel of your design, work within your budget, and impact the longevity of your home life. Here’s why we think you should choose tin tiles over other options when it comes to your ceiling, backslashes and art projects....

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Tin Panel Production Process

November 11, 2013

We pride ourselves on offering American made products. But as one of the only on-shore tin ceiling manufacturers and suppliers, you may be curious how we can offer the lowest prices in the world for finished tiles without sacrificing high quality materials. We’ll break down the process for you: American Tin Ceiling Company purchases large coil stock from US Steel. Based in Pittsburg, PA, US Steel manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries....

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Surprising Uses of Tin Ceiling Tiles

November 7, 2013

Tin ceilings and tin backsplashes are becoming more mainstream by the day and a fairly common installation. But the uses of tin are only limited to your imagination - from rooms to walls to colors and textures, these flexible little tiles are popping up just about everywhere. Here are some of our favorite most inventive uses of tin as an accent piece - inside, outside and anywhere. Headboards Chic and modern, headboards were once used as an additional source of insulation for your bedroom, but today are used just for decorative purposes....

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Retail Spotlight: Tommy Guns

November 5, 2013

Tommy Guns is one of the top-rated salons and barber shops in NYC. Modeled after old English elegance and European charm, they are as proud of their authentic shop interior as they are the stunning hairstyles their clients walk away with. When the time came to expand, the original Manhattan location had tin hiding under a false ceiling. When they opened their second location, they liked the look and feel of the authenticity so they decided to model it....

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Brilliant Bathroom Design

October 31, 2013

The use of baths dates back to 3000 BC and originally had a religious connotation for purification of the body and soul. Today, more than your bedroom or kitchen, your bathroom should be your zen place. It’s where you go to cleanse, rejuvenate or press refresh after a long day. A time honored tradition, bath time should still be sacred. Tin’s a great addition to a luxury bathroom because it complements the look and feel of the inherent healing properties of water, providing you ample moments to sneak away for solitude and indulgence....

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History of Tin Ceiling Tiles

October 29, 2013

The American Tin Ceiling Company has only been around since 2002, but has been producing authentic replications of early 1800s Victorian tiles ever since. An affordable alternative to the exquisite plasterwork found in traditional European homes, we manage the entire manufacturing process in the US from bulk metal coils to mold making, pressing, finishing, and shipping to be able to provide best in class customer service and keep costs as low as possible while ensuring quality control....

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Snap Lock Overview

October 24, 2013

Snap Lock™ - making tin so easy to install it’s a snap. The official tagline says it all- requiring no plywood or any kind of wood, simply screw each tin tile straight into your drywall or popcorn ceiling. Each piece interlocks through our patented flange system. The 2’ x 2’ panels are intended for easy DIY home projects that even the most layman can figure out to create beautiful designs that compliment the style of any room....

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Moldings 101

October 17, 2013

Tin ceilings are an easy home makeover project as long as you choose the correct tile installation type for your application. It’s important to know ahead of time where you’ll be putting your tiles and what building materials are hiding behind the wall or ceiling you want to accent (wood, drywall, etc.) so you make your life a little easier by ordering the right materials and adhesive to complete the project....

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Tin Ceiling Finishes

October 4, 2013

Tin ceiling tiles are available unfinished (commonly referred to as raw), as well as finished. A finished tile is powder coated in a variety of colors. American Tin Ceiling tiles are composed of an embossed steel tile with a bright tin plate. This results in a bright silver tile, and receives clear coating very well. The tin plating keeps the tile from rusting for a given time. Additional finishing must be done to ensure that it will not rust in the long term....

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Tin Ceiling Tile Types

September 25, 2013

A tin ceiling is installed in a variety of ways depending on the material of the current ceiling. The Nail-up nails to wood, the Drop-in lays in a suspended grid, and the SnapLock tile screws into drywall. Snap Lock™ The most common material that is found in homes today is drywall. The Snap Lock™ tile screws into drywall using 1 1⁄4” drywall screws. The Snaplock contains a flange system which interlocks into the subsequent tile, hiding the screws....

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