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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5 Reasons You Need to Shop with American Tin Ceilings

February 26, 2018

As with every other company in the world, we would love to be the only company that offers our product, but that is just not so. We will always have competitors and that’s okay because it pushes us to always be our best, so you always get the best products and service possible. Every day our team of dedicated staff strives to go the extra mile to ensure that all of our clients’ needs are me—and we carry this philosophy into every aspect of our operation, from product development and manufacturing to client relations....

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Now Offering New Colors and Patterns for You to Choose From

February 12, 2018

Many people think of tin ceilings as only coming in a gold or silver finish with a Victorianesque quality, but let’s get real, how many people are all about the Victorian era these days? In truth, tin ceilings can go with just about any style, from modern industrial to farmhouse charm. How is that possible? With the various styles and colors offered by American Tin Ceiling, which offer endless possibilities. Recently, we added six new colors to our selection and a new pattern....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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