Color Advice 101 Painting Walls And Ceilings With Different Angles — Devine Colors Blog

Color Advice 101 Painting Walls And Ceilings With Different Angles - Devine Colors Blog

April 23, 2010

Color Advice 101: Painting Walls And Ceilings With Different Angles


Deciding where to paint a wall color can be just as difficult as choosing the wall color itself. After you make the decision of what color to paint, you then have to decide where the color goes: on all four walls, maybe just one, or perhaps in another room. A lot of contemporary living spaces with open floor plans have walls that don’t stop. Instead they have different ceiling heights that define the rooms. It is difficult to know where to stop and start colors because the walls and ceilings fold into abstract shapes unlike traditional rooms—with 4 sides to a box and a lid. These are my tips to help you understand how to deal with these open floor plans.

I say GO WITH THE FLOW when you are painting walls and ceilings that are different heights and angles. A wall color cannot stop and change until it hits a 90 degree corner. Any corner higher and softer, I consider it to be the same wall surface. Same goes for bull-nosed corners. If it rounds, it is a curve, and the color has to curve over it.

Here is a home owner ready to update the look of her home but is having a hard time deciding on a color. What complicates the matter even more are the wall and ceiling angles—short ceilings, short walls, long walls, and high triangle shapes all intercept each other like a Picasso. Our Delicate, Powder, and Breathable Finishes will all work with her formal style.

Create focal walls with art, mirrors, and fireplace accents. Adding a rich red color to the fireplace and painting the mantle black will update the look of the formal furniture. It’s a new sophisticated approach to this traditional look.

When you do one overall neutral color, you can afford to go a little richer. With all the blues, greens and dark wood, neutrals like Devine Latte, Devine Sumatra, Devine Filbert, Devine Muslin, devinegreen: Siamese, and devinegreen: Impala bring a nice calm feel to the space. For the fireplace color, try devinegreen: Clover, devinegreen: Walrus, or Devine Bordeaux. For the mantle, devinegreen: Rhino, devinegreen: Gator, or Devine Piping. Use our Powder Finish for a brick, vintage feel.

For another look, try Devine Sand, Devine Shimmer, Devine Cashew, devinegreen: Coyote, or devinegreen: Chicken. For the fireplace color, try brighter reds like devinegreen: Toucan, devinegreen: Cheetah, or Devine Sangria. For a third option, here is another way to look at it!

Color Advice 101 Painting Walls And Ceilings With Different Angles - Devine Colors Blog

Try Devine Custard, Devine Shell, or Devine Macadamia, with Devine Roast, Devine Pine, or devinegreen: Mallard for the fireplace in Powder Finish for a brick, vintage feel.

Don’t leave the ceiling white, it creates weird angles that make the space look sharp and severe. Accenting the ceiling in white or painting it a different color will give the ceiling line a jagged-edge look going around the open room. Accenting one wall in a color will draw too much attention to the different heights. What will make this space pull together is a unifying neutral color that can be both a wall and ceiling color.

Rooms are 3-dimensional and sometimes accent walls create one dimensional, flat, cartoon-like shapes. When you have a lot of angles, it is best to let the color flow with the folds. In this case an accent wall would make the dining room look short and stubby.

Try to add height and interest to windows with panels like our Devine Window Dresses (here shown in Devine Cafe). You can see how they finish the room and balance the furniture.

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