Changing the look for a dropped ceiling can be achieved by adding wallpaper or paint to the ceiling or simply changing the size of the ceiling tiles. Adding recessed lighting or changing the main and cross tees can also alter the appearance of the ceiling.
Dropped ceilings are generally used in older homes or commercial properties. The new ceiling is generally installed 3 to 4 inches below the original ceiling with more room being needed if recessed lighting is also being installed. Common materials used for ceiling tiles include cork, tin, plastic and fiberglass. Fiberglass is normally used when installing acoustical tiles while tin is generally used in basements and dimly lit areas.