Choosing a design solution? Find out what our architect recommends
Are you all for a light, Nordic look with discreet lines? Or would you prefer to spice things up by adding bolder touches? A Troldtekt design ceiling ensures optimum acoustics and a characterful home. Pick up a few recommendations for the right acoustic solution from the architect behind the Troldtekt design solutions.
Our home is where we gather our thoughts – and the people we care about. Therefore, it is also important that our home contributes to our well-being and comfort. Troldtekt acoustic solutions are made from Danish wood and cement, and enable you to improve your quality of life with superior acoustics – while at the same time enjoying a home with characterful design.
“Stone, glass, plaster, concrete and steel are popular materials, curtains and rugs less so. Such a cocktail can present considerable acoustic challenges, because sounds bounce around between the hard surfaces, turning conversation into noise. A popular solution to these challenges is to use the largest surfaces – the ceilings and walls – to regulate the acoustics. At the same time, it allows you to add a textural and stylish look to your home.”
Three things to consider when choosing materials
Michael Christensen, an in-house architect at Troldtekt A/S, has designed Troldtekt’s design series, which consists of 12 distinctive solutions. He says there are three things to consider when choosing a Troldtekt design solution to match your home and temperament.
Discreet or distinctive?
“Ceilings are the largest surfaces in our homes, and therefore contribute significantly to the overall look. In high-ceilinged rooms, Troldtekt line is an obvious choice with its longitudinal grooves running along the ceiling surface. In houses with lower ceilings, our newest solution, Troldtekt v-line, works very well. This solution has more discreet grooves, but is still quite designerish.”
Light and natural or dark and daring?
“For several years, light and natural hues have dominated home interiors. And they still do, but people are also increasingly taking the plunge and using dark colours in their homes. It makes a room feel much more intimate, but also calls for the careful control of the design and other details. Personally, I think that black and dark ceilings require a decent ceiling height.”
“With a Troldtekt design solution, you can choose just the colour you want. Many people choose our acoustic panels in natural wood or natural grey for a more natural look. White is still the most popular colour for painted acoustic panels, but in the past two or three years, we’ve been selling many more ceilings which are either black-painted or in a dark custom colour.”
Which surface to bring into play?
“Because the ceiling represents the largest surface, acoustic ceiling panels also guarantee the greatest acoustic effect. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more decorative solution, you could try a wall clad in Troldtekt curves with their wavy grooves, or the more expressive Troldtekt rhomb, puzzle or tilt line. They can be combined in flexible patterns, as the dimensions of each panel are smaller than those of a classic acoustic panel.
See how big a difference Troldtekt makes
In a typical open-plan kitchen-dining-living room, where many of a family’s activities take place, it is ideal for the reverberation time to be somewhere between 0.6 and 0.8 seconds. The reverberation time is the time it takes for a sound – for example the clapping of hands – in a room to die out.
The reverberation time in a 40-square-metre room with a vaulted ceiling can easily exceed 3 seconds if the room has a tiled floor and a plasterboard ceiling.
However, the reverberation time can be as low as approx. 0.5 seconds if the room has a Troldtekt acoustic ceiling installed directly below the insulation in the roof structure.
Using Troldtekt’s free online acoustic calculator, you can calculate the reverberation time in different rooms. Try our acoustics calculator