21 Tin Ceiling Kitchen Ideas (Design Gallery)

Tin ceilings were a popular design element in Victorian buildings in North America from the 19th up to the early 20th century when plated steel became readily available in the USA. This architectural element is made from a piece of tin with embossed/pressed patterns.

Open concept chefs kitchen with tin ceiling and brick walls

Tin ceilings can be installed in any area of your home; just ensure the roof is properly insulated, as metal conducts heat easily and might affect your HVAC and energy consumption [toc]

Kitchen Tin Ceiling Tiles

High ceiling kitchen with white cabinets tin ceiling tiles pendant lighting and granite peninsula

Modern tin ceilings come in thinner metal sheets (around 1/100 inch, 30-gauge steel) and are usually easier to install. Nowadays, tin ceilings cost around $2 per square foot for basic designs up to $10~$20 per square foot for more ornate designs. The total cost will depend on your material specification, finish, and installation cost in your area.

Common materials used for tin ceiling kitchen ideas are:

  • Steel – most common; needs a clear coat finish
  • Aluminum – lightest option; needs a clear coat finish
  • Stainless Steel – no need for coating
  • Copper – if left without coating, it can develop a natural patina
  • Non-Metal Alternatives:
    • PVC – super light but unsuitable for high-heat areas
    • Mineral Fiber – made from recycled materials & can be painted to resemble metal

Beautiful transitional kitchen with white cabinets t shaped island metal tin ceiling

The default color is silver/chrome, but they can also be bought in other colors like copper, gunmetal gray, gold, rose gold, etc. You can also purchase these tiles pre-painted or even brass-plated. You can choose numerous patterns from that area that are available for purchase.

You can go for the simpler options, but you can find classic styles in the market if you’d like to match them with the current motifs of your kitchen.

Kitchen Tin Ceiling Designs

Here are some great tin ceiling design applications you can get inspiration from:

kitchen with cherry cabinets

For this simple all-walnut kitchen, the silver Queen Anne tiles add a chic and elegant feature to the fairly simple design of the space.

The silver color helps brighten up the dark wood finishes and also matches the metal finishes of the appliances.

Kitchen with decorative metal ceiling and two tone cabinets

For this classic French style kitchen, they really went all-out with their gold tin ceiling, as it covers the whole overhead area.

It uses multiple combinations of patterns, borders, and moldings to create this Victorian-style look. Because the main layout has a simple white and walnut color scheme, and the gold finish is not too reflective, it does not feel too overwhelming or out of place.

Traditional kitchen with tin ceiling and peninsula

This traditional kitchen design utilizes tin for its tray ceiling, peninsula, and walls. Featuring a decorative motif, the siding gives this space a classical look that blends well with the white cabinetry and light-colored bamboo flooring. These materials work well with traditional designs to bring in the feel of old-world charm.

Kitchen with decorative ceiling and butcher block peninsula

Suppose you like the effect of the texture and patterns of tin ceilings but prefer a more modern look to match your kitchen’s current style; consider pre-painted tiles for a more contemporary look. In this kitchen, the tiles have a dark gray paint that matches the current color scheme.

traditional galley kitchen with panel ceiling

Greek revival-style tin ceiling panels in copper were used for this classic-style kitchen. The kitchen is placed in an open-plan area, and using tiles to frame the space gives it more definition and emphasis, which helps visually separate it from other areas of the house.

Metal ceiling kitchen with cherry cabinets

Tudor-style silver tiles spice up this contemporary kitchen with a combination of redwood and black solid surfaces.

The addition of the glossy silver overhead tiles with intricate Tudor-style floral patterns gives it another layer of dimension and texture and also helps make the space feel more lively.

White Tin

white tin ceiling kitchen with green island

White tin coffered ceilings are very low-key and elegant. In this example, the white tiles add a nice texture to the overhead design. Because the tiles used are white, it looks bright and refreshing, and definitely upgrades the over-all appeal of the design.

Modern kitchen with two tone cabinets and concrete waterfall countertop island

This modern kitchen features a spacious open-concept design with two-tone cabinets, polished concrete countertops, and a waterfall island.

The overhead tiles provide visual interest to the ceiling and contrast the gray concrete elements, brick walls, and wood flooring.

White panel ceiling

Colonial-style cladding adds a classic American vibe to this kitchen’s space. The white color helps keep the ceiling low-key despite the intricate patterns on its surface.

Farmhouse kitchen with white metal ceiling

This farmhouse kitchen showcases beautiful white cabinets that are harmoniously matched to the white panels, window frames, and backsplash grout.

A light greige paint color and recessed lighting help to keep the space bright to offset the dark wood flooring. A center island with a butcher block countertop makes a great space for meal preparation.

White overheads can be used in low-light or dark flooring designs to help brighten the overall look and add a warm, reflective glow.

Kitchen with metal tray ceiling

Farmhouse-style kitchens would also benefit from adding tin metal accents. The rough texture of the tiles gives an extra rustic grit to the space.

In this layout, because the cabinets are all clean white topped with a light Ash butcher’s block countertop, the accent ceiling used at the center of the floor plan adds just the right amount of accent.

Rustic kitchen with fan

Since the wood finishes used throughout this design use the same walnut color, adding tiles adds a layer of contrasting color and texture to the very simple farmhouse-style kitchen design.

Small kitchen with marble countertops

For this French farmhouse all-white kitchen, the silver tin ceiling and matching cornices help tone-down the brightness of the space and keep it looking balanced. With a small space and little room for decor, a pressed metal feature overhead can draw the eye up and enlarge the design.

Corrugated Tin

corrugated ceiling in kitchen

If you’re not a fan of classic styles and want to keep your motifs modern, you can use corrugated tin sheets on your ceiling to give it a touch of industrial aesthetic.

These reclaimed corrugated metal panels are perfect for vaulted ceilings, as they help further emphasize the room’s height.

In this example, the angled part of the kitchen’s ceiling was clad with GI corrugated metal sheets and combined with cove ceilings on the sides to attach multi-colored LED cove lights.

Cathedral ceiling kitchen with beam

The combination of natural wood finishes and steel corrugated sheets runs this farmhouse-style open plan area into a chic rustic-industrial space.

Raw steel finishes and warm wood finishes are hit combinations that rarely go wrong. See more kitchens with corrugated metal here.

Rustic Tin

Metal feature in kitchen

This contemporary kitchen used pre-painted tin ceiling tiles for a more rustic finish. What makes it unique is its matte finish and the lighter paint color used on the embossed patterns of the tiles.

The gray tones on the tiles next to the drop ceiling give it a rustic feel that complements the other finishes in the design.

kitchen with stained glass pendant lights and beadboard island

The combination of classic-style kitchen cabinets, classic motifs, blown glass lamps, and the dark-tin ceiling – this whole combination of colors, textures, and finishes – gives this small layout an authentic old-world feel.

The beadboard kitchen island is topped with mottled brown granite countertops, which match elements such as the wood cabinets and tile backsplash.

Copper Tin copper ceiling kitchen

Copper tin ceilings, especially in matte finish, add a more antiqued vibe to any space. For this small kitchen area, the copper panels help the whole area stand out from the rest of the spaces in the open-plan house.

farmhouse with copper ceiling

You can also use copper tin ceilings in contemporary kitchen styles. In this example, the accent copper panels add a warmer vibe to the kitchen, helping balance out the cool green-painted walls.

For more related ideas visit our gallery of types of ceiling designs.

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