I would like advice on what to use to replace cardboard ceiling tiles.

by Sarah
My house is a 113 yr old row house that originally had plaster ceilings. When water and electric were finally installed in the house, they made lots of holes in the old plaster for wiring and pipe runs. Then they attached furring strips to the ceiling and used the 12x12" cardboard tongue-in-groove ceiling tiles that staple to the wooden strips as a "drop" ceiling. I hate it, and when they get wet, they swell and have to be replaced. I would like to replace them in my bedroom where several have been damaged by roof leaks (now fixed by new roof) by something completely different/unique. Does anyone have any ideas?
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