You can do so much with your ceilings but you really should take your time when deciding. It is a task that can take a while as there are so many different systems, materials and designs to choose from and also you need to know what you want from your ceiling.
You will want to decide what system you are going to have first before you start going anything else, now these systems do usually depend on where you are having them installed. Because different systems fit different building styles means that certain systems can be a lot more effective than others depending on the situation. For example the AMF Free Span Ceiling System is ideal for corridors as it is built up of ceiling planks that fit down normal size corridors.
Suspended ceilings are drop down ceilings that are attached to the original ceiling by cables, they are made up of a metal grid which is hung onto the original ceiling joints. They are used so that you can cover up anything that is on the existing ceiling ie air vents. They can also be used so that you can insert ventilation or to provide more acoustic protection to the room. There are many different reasons why you may install suspended ceilings. Another brilliant part to suspended ceilings is that you can use the void in the ceiling below the original ceiling to carry out maintenance, but then again you can also get suspended ceilings that are not demountable. If you opt for these then you can not remove them and use the void for maintenance.
You may notice that suspended ceilings have come a long way since they first started being produced, you can now get ceiling tiles of practically any material and design to bring your ceiling to life. Also you can use special acoustic tiles which reduce the noise through absorbing it, these tiles can be very handy in places such as a studio or somewhere where a lot of noise may be created. These tiles contain sound insulation as well as sound insulation there before making your room a lot quieter. Another also very useful tile type is the heating ones, you can get tiles which carry insulation which greatly helps the rooms heat, these are ideal especially if you have a room that is always cold or gets drafts from elsewhere.
As I said before there are many different materials and designs that you can have implemented including different patterns, different insulation materials and lights can also be added to the tiles, these tiles can offer light as well as heat from insulation.
Also if you did not know already suspended ceilings are going with the times and keeping up with new technology, AMF has created a system called the AMF Beamex System. This system has built in a LCD projector which is built into one of the ceiling tiles; The system means that no cabling is required in the room. The tile is remote control operated and pulls down automatically for you by a touch of a button. Once the projector has come down you are ready to go and one of the best bits is that you do not have to find storage for the projector as everything is hidden away into the ceiling void.
I hope this article has given you some insight into the world of suspended ceilings and may even help you in search for the right suspended ceiling for you.