Painting Bathroom Ceiling Same Color as Walls Apartment Therapy

Painting Bathroom Ceiling Same Color as Walls Apartment Therapy

Painting Bathroom Ceiling Same Color as Walls

We’d been curious about the idea of painting a ceiling not just a tint of the wall color but the actual wall color for a while. And the bathroom seemed like a safe, small space to experiment. So when it came to time to repaint the bathroom recently.

We chose a soft, creamy green (Benjamin Moore Rainforest Dew) that would work with the existing trim color (Martha Stewart for Sherwin Williams — Heavy Cream). And the Rainforest Dew seemed gentle enough to try on the ceiling. We like how it turned out especially the encapsulating feeling that the monochromatic wall/ceiling combo creates. And ultimately the ceiling always ends up looking a little lighter than the walls anyway because of the way light intersects differently with the ceiling than the walls. (The colors are so subtle that the photos have a hard time reflecting them accurately but you get the gist.) This bathroom lives in Kyle’s Jamaica Plain Gem .

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Looks fab! I recently recommended this solution to a condo board for their teeny, tiny hallways. Having the ceiling the same color as the walls gives the eye less information to define the limitations of the space-thus making it feel larger! Or thats what I’m screaming and now I am justified by Apartment Therapy. S W E E T!

Funny that this topic came up now: I’m thinking about painting my bathroom and kitchen and am thinking about painting the ceilings the same color as the walls. The issue is that because my apartment is old, the building has settled, and there’s no molding around the ceilings, getting a clean, straight line between a colored wall and a white ceiling would be impossible. Guess I’ll try it and see how it goes.

It looks really good. Subtle and sophisticated.

OH yes, in my daughters’ bathroom, it was a light blue color that I created by adding off white to a dark blue. mixed it until I liked the shade, then painted the walls & ceiling the same color. Even painted the insert for the doors of the bathroom cupboard that same blue (it was the off white color all over)

Back in ’91, in our first house renovation, we installed a bathroom in our 1 1/2, and so had a situation with sloping ceilings.

I painted the walls and ceiling the same colour, a glazed ragging of Pratt and Lambert’s Carribean Blue and Carribean Green over Color Your World’s Milkglow. It was beautiful, and a perfect contrast to the black and white traditional scheme of the bathroom. (clawfoot tub painted black outside; 1″ black and white mosaic tiles with a Greek Key patterned border; white marble countertop with undermount sink, brass legs and exposed plumbing; antique brass fittings — unvarnished).

Actually, ALL the ceilings on the second floor were painted the same as the walls. it was very dreamy, and appropriate as they were bedrooms.

My entire apartment is painted this way. It makes the rooms feel light and airy. I live in a modern molding-free space so it works.

we painted our bedroom ceiling same as three of the walls (one wall is darker shade), partially out of ease — 11.5′ ceilings, but also I liked the idea of feeling submerged — it is painted pool blue. It does make the room look larger and the ceilings look higher.

Both of my bathrooms have ceilings painted the same color as the walls — the Master Bath is Ocean Blue, and the Hall Bath is Black Bean Soup.

IMO — for small spaces, this is the way to go to keep the place from feeling any smaller.

When my parents had a bathroom remodeled they picked a very rich paprika-coral-ish color. The contractor painted the ceiling, too, to their surprise. Since it was a basement bathroom with a small window, and from the 60’s so it was fairly small— it left the bathroom feeling like a dungeon. Long story short— I think the one-color concept works great in large rooms, rooms with tons of windows, or with light colors— like the bathroom in this post.

We did this in a couple of rooms in our house. First of all, it’s easier to paint because there are no delineations between the wall and ceiling, and also, what we’ve noticed is that the way the light hits both areas makes them look like there are 2 different paint shades.

We did the same thing in our bathroom, with a buttery yellow on the ceiling and upper walls, white tile on the lower walls, and a deep colonial green on the woodwork (there’s wood trim between the tile and the painted wall). We used outdoor-grade paint to withstand the humidity, even though we have an exhaust fan, and the wall color still doesn’t need repainting after 12 years. The paint on the door and in one or two places on the vanity could use a touch-up, because we bang into it all the time, but otherwise it still looks great and the yellow paint bounces a lot of light around the room and makes it seem sunnier than it would be otherwise.

i have not done this, but would definitely try it. i’ve seen it done well in bedrooms and dining spaces.


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