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Leslie McGwire: Benefits of Drop Ceilings in Jewelry Store Design |  June 14, 2022 (0 comments)


West Bloomfield, MI--Traditionally, drop ceilings have been a standard design element in high end jewelry stores. It has always provided a creative look to the overall space. Here are a few new design concepts to think about while remodeling or building new stores that might help you with the overall look and design of your space.

The ceiling many times can be an overlooked area, but it is a great place to add a unique design touch and deepen the aesthetic of a specific area or the complete showroom. Modern drop ceilings also come with additional design elements. They can be combined with integrated LED backlighting or lighting for added illumination and ambiance. The styles of the designs and colors of paint can create an interesting design element in the ceiling. The retail specialist, Paco Underhill likes the drop ceilings for the retail environments. “Presentation is often about impressive spaces (high ceiling) but creating intimacy (lower ceiling) helps foster sales.” The benefits of suspended ceilings go beyond just improving the appearance of a jewelry store interior. Here are few additional practical and stylish benefits to consider. See picture of Crocker’s Fine Jewelry in Texas which I designed with layered paint colors to create more drama to the ceiling.

Crocker’s Fine Jewelry in Texas. Photo credit: Leslie McGwire

Certain types of ceiling tiles are designed to offer improved soundproofing by reducing sound from above. This has become very popular in jewelry store ceilings lately. The acoustic benefits are great to keep the sound to a minimum. There are so many design patterns and colors to choose from to go with your overall design look. See my favorite two companies for examples I like to work with. One company is called and the other company is called I recommend to Google each company to see the design choices that we all can work with within your store.

Customizable to the Look of your Overall Design:

Suspended ceiling tiles are available in a myriad of designs, materials, and colors to match the desired look and style of a variety of interiors. See Park Place Jewelers which I designed the suspended drop ceilings in Ocean City, MD. The ceiling is a major part of the overall look in the jewelry space. Above the drop down is a very high ceiling that is painted blue with a few clouds. The ceiling is super high to achieve a layered look.

Park Place Jewelers, Ocean City, MD. Photo credit: Leslie McGwire


Custom Ceiling Tiles:

Ceiling tiles that normally come in a 2 x 2 size is a very economical way to design your ceilings. The size 2’ x 4’ is a very outdated size. As everyone knows it also can come in many textures, and colors. When the ceiling is installed, you can also paint the tiles any color you wish. A very popular look in ceiling tiles is the wood look. See pictures below to see how it can me incorporated into a 2 x 2 ceiling grid.

Photo credit: Leslie McGwire

Photo credit: Leslie McGwire

About the Author: Leslie McGwire™ has over 35 years in business development, interior design, equipment, furniture sales and marketing services in retail and jewelry-based businesses. Leslie has won over 25 national design awards, including the prestigious Salon Today and INSTORE Jewelry Store​awards. Leslie has a true passion for business, design for the jewelry and retail industries. Visit for more information

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