But what about your ceiling? White is the most common choice and while white can be a good look, there are plenty of other colors that you can paint your ceiling depending on the look you’re going for and the type of room you’re painting.
Paint Your Ceiling the Same Color as Your Walls
If you’re considering painting your walls and ceiling the same color, keep in mind that this technique works best with either dark, deep colors or light and bright colors, not just average, medium-toned hues. This style of painting works especially well in these specific types of rooms:
- Large rooms – Painting the same color on your walls and ceiling can create a seamless look and make the room look more unified and put-together. It can also make the room feel a little smaller, which can be a good thing with a room that may otherwise be too big to feel homey.
- Small rooms – Small rooms with the same color on the ceiling and walls work best if the color is dark and rich. The never-ending rich color will envelop the space and make it feel more intimate and cozier. This also works in bathrooms to give them a more modern and luxury feel.
- Asymmetrical, vaulted or angled ceilings – If your space has an intricate shape, using the same color throughout can help to simplify the look and make it more cohesive.
Keep in mind that painting the ceiling and walls the same color will amplify the effect of whatever color you are using. Try a dark shade to make the space feel cozier or a lighter color to open the room up.
Painting A Lighter Color Than Your Walls
Painting the ceiling a lighter color can make the ceiling seem higher and the room feel larger. If you want to keep a cohesive color throughout the room, lighten up the original paint color of the room with a ratio of 80 percent white paint and 20 percent the original color to paint onto the ceiling. This technique is perfect for smaller rooms as it can make it seem larger or in a room with lower ceilings to open up the space. Go for this style of painting if you want a low contrast look with subtle tone changes.
Painting A Darker Color Than Your Walls
If you want to give your room a slight contrast between your walls and ceiling or a high-contrast look in a white-walled room, this technique is for you. It may seem intimidating to paint a dark color on your ceiling, but it can be a great option in these situations:
- High or ugly ceilings – Dark colors can mask imperfections in the ceiling, such as exposed ceilings with a lot of PVC piping and other ugly elements. It can also create the illusion of a lower ceiling, which can make a room with a high ceiling feel cozier and more intimate.
- Crown molding – If your room has beautiful crown molding or other decorative trim that you want to accent, darker colors on the ceiling can help to create contrast and really make those details stand out.
- White walls – Painting a bold color on all walls can be a bit much, but painting a dark, rich hue on just the ceiling can create a striking contrast to the white walls without overwhelming the space.
Navy blues, charcoal grays or chocolate browns are the best, neutral shades to paint on the ceiling and create a dramatic, contrasted look. Matte black is the best for covering up imperfections such as an exposed ceiling.
Paint Your Ceiling White
Your ceiling probably started out white and over time, it may have become dirty with sunlight stains, candle smoke or just yellowing with age. It may seem like the most boring option, but a white ceiling can be ideal in many situations. You should consider white if:
- Your room is full of bright colors, as the main focus should be on the bright furniture, paint or décor. If you do anything other than white, it will most likely clash with the rest of the room.
- Your ceiling has visible imperfections. While dark colors can do well with large imperfections such as an exposed ceiling, a flat white is the best option to smooth over a lumpy ceiling.
- The room is too dark. In rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light, white ceilings can help to open it up and make it look brighter because white reflects the most amount of light.
Picking the right paint color for your ceiling is just the beginning. Once you’ve decided on the best color and painting technique for your ceiling, you’ll want peace of mind that everything was painted correctly. Hire Franca Services to ensure that your ceiling paint job looks pristine and enhances the room perfectly without making any messes on your floors.