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The T-bars are black with the shiny silver 6" design lay-in 2' x 2' sheets

This art shop used a Victorian design in their suspended ceiling giving a comfortable feeling to their patrons.

This is the Art Deco 6" design which give this room a contemporary look.

This 6" diamond pattern is used on the wall, as well as the ceiling, sprucing up this area.

This 6" design in the Ivory Steel finish adds elegant to this fireplace.

This fireplace has been updated using tin ceiling material of the Victorian style in the Ivory Steel finish.

With the ever changing world of homes and businesses, many in the construction field are enjoying the resurge of tin ceiling.

There isn’t a less expensive way to decorate any room in your home than to use our tin ceilings”
— Glenn “The Tinman” Eldridge
HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA, October 31, 2017 / -- One thing that remains common throughout the years in the United State is our ability to change things up. By that I’m referring to the industry that has been around since the beginning of time. First building homes for shelter, then for the in-laws and finally building for businesses. One product that has kept up with those changes are tin ceilings that came along right after the Civil War and are still very much available currently through Chelsea Decorative Metal Company in Houston, Texas. The designs throughout the years changed with the times. You could find styles from Americana and Turn of the Century to Art Deco and Victorian.

They were originally offered as an alternative to the fancy plaster designs that were put on the ceilings of homes. By putting up sheets of decorative metal and painting them white it gave the look of a sculptured plaster ceiling, but at a much lower cost. In the 50’s and 60’s it became very economical for landlord that were constantly patching up plaster ceilings, to just replace the whole room with a tin ceilings. Then in the late 70’s and early 80’s it once again was appreciated for its decorativeness. Today it is used for new construction, remodeling and period homes, giving a new Victorian home the more authentic look with the original designs of the Victorian era, which are still available on the tin sheets from Chelsea who’s website is Once again in the twenty-first century the interest has come to the attention of architects, builders and decorators in ways that excite them all.

Architects are able to feature the embossed metal sheets in their design of homes. Opening the opportunity for contemporary homes, as well as, the timely period homes. I will also mention that Hollywood have been using these tin ceilings for years on movie sets. Most recently architects have been using them in the lobbies of apartment building and even in the halls of hotels. They are an inexpensive way to decorate many commercial properties. In the past they were found in bars and restaurant establishments, where the owners wanted the old world atmosphere. A very new way to install them is laying the panels in suspended ceiling, which has been an excellent new way to remodel.

Builders have been using them in their model homes to make their investment properties a little more enticing and different from their competitors, offering the new homeowner a chance to have it built into their new home. It's an eye catcher. They just put up plywood and cover that with the tin, no taping and floating like with sheetrock and ten times more decorative. With the housing market booming, builders feel tin ceilings may give them an edge. Glenn “The Tinman” Eldridge owner of Chelsea says, “There isn’t a less expensive way to decorate any room in your home than to use our tin ceilings.”

Decorators have taken the ceiling sheets one step further and have been recommending them to be used as a back splash in kitchens. The 6” designs work best because they look almost like tiles, but without the grout. They also approve of using them as a wainscot, to spruce up a fireplace or inserting the designs in cabinet doors and even framing the sheets themselves and hanging them as a wall hanging.

In the past they could be found in drug stores, ice cream parlors and hardware stores. Today they are being used in pharmacies, desert courts, coffee houses, restaurants and bars and actually anywhere there is a ceiling or wall for that matter. One can’t tell if they are old or new? Probably new, but it doesn’t matter because they add to the atmosphere of any setting. The Chelsea company not only can get them to fit suspended ceilings as I said earlier, but now offer unique finishes. They still come in a shiny tin finish which should be protected, but also a shiny copper, a Copper Patina, Antique Pewter, Plantation Charm, Ivory Steel and a few more, which cost more, but are already protected. You can see these colors and more at

With the changing times one can still use materials from yesteryear to enhance the setting of today, whether an architect wants to put a new look to commercial projects or builders want to elevate their homes or a decorators wishes to accent certain areas, they are all excited to know the tin ceilings are still being manufactured with the original designs.

Chelsea Decorative Metal Co.
8212 Braewick Dr.
Houston, Tx. 77074
T: 713 721 9200
F: 713 776 8661

glenn eldridge
chelsea decorative metal company
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