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5 popular baffle ceiling design trends

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Ceiling design trends are constantly evolving, and baffle ceilings have become increasingly popular in the construction industry over the last few years. Consisting of a series of wooden or metal beams, or ‘baffles’, that are installed horizontally, they create a striking visual effect. In this article, we’ll review five ceiling design trends using baffle ceilings.

Baffle ceilings: the ideal option to combine style and efficiency in any architectural design


Minimalist Design

Minimalism has been a popular design trend for several years now, and baffle ceilings are a great way to achieve a minimalist aesthetic. The simplicity of the baffle ceiling design creates a clean, uncluttered look that is perfect for modern spaces. A minimalist baffle ceiling can be made from light-coloured wood or painted white to create a sleek and streamlined appearance.

SAS 740 metal baffle with powdercoat white used in the Westpac Barangaroo Tower project is a perfect example of minimalist design.

SAS 740



Rustic Design

Metal or timber baffle ceilings can also be used to create a rustic look. The natural wood finish of the baffles can add warmth and texture to a space, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. This design works particularly well in spaces with high ceilings or in buildings with exposed brick, stone walls or wooden elements.

The SAS740 baffle acoustic ceiling has been used for MinRes HQ Project, with a timber effect sublimated finish.

Austratus Fin Profile was used in the Victorian Auditor General’s office fit-out project in Lumba Black finish, creating that cosy atmosphere in the reception area.austratus timber baffle ceiling fin profile rustic design

Austratus Fin Profile was used in the North Ryde RSL Club fit-out project in Lumba White finish.



Industrial Design

Baffle ceilings are a great way to add an industrial touch to a space. Metal baffles in black or dark grey can create a bold statement and complement other industrial elements in a room such as concrete floors or metal fixtures. This design works well in urban lofts or commercial spaces such as offices or restaurants.

SAS metal baffle ceiling used for the Perth Airport DUFFRY fit-out project perfectly works with the overall industrial look of the retail area.

Austratus Fin Black timber baffle works well with the exposed brick wall and other industrial-look design elements. Austratus Fin Black timber baffle


Geometric Design

Baffle ceilings can also be used to create interesting geometric patterns. By installing the baffles at different angles or using varying widths, designers can create unique and eye-catching designs. Geometric baffle ceilings work well in spaces with high ceilings and can add a sense of drama and visual interest.

Austratus Fin Profile was used in the fit-out project of Masters Builders’ headquarters in Brisbane.



Acoustic Design

Baffle ceilings can also be used to improve the acoustics in a space. By installing baffles with sound-absorbing materials, such as fiberglass or acoustic foam, designers can reduce echoes and improve sound quality. This design is particularly useful in spaces such as conference or meeting rooms, open-plan office spaces and auditoriums.

The visually engaging SAS 500 baffle ceiling was selected for the open-place office zones and circulation areas in the fit-out project of Dublin-based aviation company Goshawk.


Baffle ceilings are a versatile and attractive design element that can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the look and feel of a space and create a stunning and functional ceiling design.

Progressive Materials are the technical consultant and exclusive distributor in WA of SAS International Metal Ceilings and Austratus Timber products. We can provide world-class ceiling systems (metal and timber) and acoustic solutions for your next project.
Our dedicated and technically skilled team located in Wangara are ready to assist you with technical advice, specification support (compliance to Australian Standards) or supply inquiries to suit your project requirements.

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