Few would argue that 2x2 and 2x4 drop-ceiling tiles and fluorescent fixtures — found in countless homes and virtually every commercial building in America — are architectural gems. A new product, Ceiling Scenes, makes it easy to boost their appeal. These printed light lenses and ceiling tiles create the illusion of a starry sky, a forest canopy, fluffy clouds — you name it. The company offers a library of stock images; for an additional charge, it can produce custom images. Ceiling tiles cost $46 (2x2) and $87 (2x4) apiece; light lenses cost $75 (2x2) and $150 (2x4) apiece. Ceiling Scenes, 616/546-3543, www.ceilingscenes.com

Installing a tin ceiling can take a long time and leave your hands battered — but now you can achieve a similar look minus the bloodletting with a Tin Look ceiling from Armstrong. According to the manufacturer, the 1-foot-square acoustic tiles install easier and cost less ($2.25 a square foot) than real tin. They come in eight patterns; all...

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