Should We Paint Our Vaulted Ceiling — Good Questions Apartment Therapy

Should We Paint Our Vaulted Ceiling — Good Questions Apartment Therapy

Should We Paint Our Vaulted Ceiling?

Q: We are looking to re-paint the walls either a grey color or a darker greyish brown and I’m curious as to what you think we should do with the ceiling. Should we paint it the same color as the walls like it is now? I feel that it’s an overwhelming amount of any color.

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No. In my previous house all the ceilings were painted the same color as the walls and it was completely overwhelming and so refreshing to return them to white.

Either white or palest blue

another thing to consider would be to use the same color as you have on the walls, but use a ratio of about 80% white/20% color. that way, you will have the same color, but a more subtle effect. the space will seem more unified-especially with the high ceilings.

With a slanted ceiling, one color is best as there is no demarcation line. My favorite gray is a lovely color by Benjamin Moore, HC169. It is an historical color and beautifully plays with light.

I have almost the exact same setup (ceiling fan dropped down from the vault) and we did paint everything. It started out as an accident (wild, uncontrolled veering onto the ceiling) and we just went ahead and painted it all the same color and figured if we hated it, we could repaint.

I like the idea of painting it white or the same color, but in a lighter shade.

i agree with Karen, as long as your wall/ceiling joint is straight (mine is not) go with a lighter shade on the ceiling as the walls. White is boring but dark ceilings will just encase you. I have horribly uneven walls in my house so if i cut the line it would look like a 3 year old painted it.

your color but two shades whiter, or just a pale-white looking version of your color if you’re going dark on walls. I think lamps and torchieres and sconces might help add height to that room, the ceiling overhead lamp totally overwhelms in the photo.

My parents have vaulted ceilings in their house and every wall and ceiling through the entire house is the same color. I rather like it. I would think that if you are going to choose any surface to paint a different color to break it up for your eye, it would be the pentagon-shaped wall.

When painting ceilings, the Christopher Lowell tip of the century is to pick a shade up to four shades lighter on the paint sample card. It will make the room look larger in my opinion not to leave it white. Monochromatics of course will always make a room look larger. Stick with the lighter shades. Hope that helps and please post pics after.

PS: White soaks up the space in the room and will definitely make ceiling and room look SMALLER if you leave it white (unless the entire room is white). As long as you pick a lighter shade, painting it all (the ceilings and walls) will make it look larger because the eye will naturally keep going to the ceiling. If the ceiling is white then your eye stops at the ceiling and that’s a shame because the high ceilings are a plus to a room like this.

I would definitely paint it a darker color, you can always use thin moldings and paint them the same color as your walls before you install them, you can buy them at a hardware store, this way you have a clean line. You could try a sample of Benjamin Moore Majestic blue 2051-40 they sell them and you can cover almost 3×3 feet or a little less but you have to put 2 coats.

It is a bedroom and a darker color could be more envelopping.

As you can see by the comments there’s no real answer. if you change your mind you can always repaint next year!

I painted my vaulted ceiling the same color as the trim, an off-white. The ceiling is popcorned and it was a very hard job. I will hire someone to spray it the next time! That said, I love the softness of the off-white.

I’d go white. (Or, as suggested, 80% white plus 20% wall color.)

I totally agree with karen at number4. Don’t go completely white, just mix in some of that pretty grey you’re using on the walls. You don’t want to feel boxed in, and using a much lighter shade of your wall color will help you make sure that the walls and ceiling complement each other. Good luck!

I would go with the same wall color. You could go with a darker accent color on one of the walls with a peak.

I have vaulted ceilings all over my house — two bathrooms, two bedrooms. The bedrooms I didn’t paint the ceilings and I HATE THEM. When you take into consideration the square footage of a vaulted ceiling — it’s a heck of a lot of real estate to leave white. It looks very, very undone. One bathroom I painted and it looks great (Bone by Behr) and the other — and this is the best but most expensive option — we clad in 2″ heart pine. It looks fantastic. Not cheap and not easy to pull off, but we love it to bits.

What Karen said. Will look all put together but won’t feel as though the ceiling is closing in (which all one dark color would, especially while lying in bed).

My mom has a room similar to the one in the post. This room has 2 doors and 1 west facing window. We painted the walls and ceiling with Behr paint «Cancun Sand» with primer mixed in. The room looks great. Bold color accessories were used as lipstick for the room. Good luck on your project.

Paint the ceiling off-white and you can’t go wrong. Then paint the walls whatever color you want (not too dark, pls).

If you paint the ceiling a dark color, from the bed it’ll look like you’ve been buried alive. Personally, I wouldn’t like that.

If it’s in the budget, I’d redo the lighting in that room as well. That’ll make more of an impact than paint will.

In our bedroom I painted the vaulted ceiling Ben Moore Baby Blue Eyes. The walls are white. It is very relaxing.

After seeing all the Renaissance art on ceilings in Europe, I’m thinking of painting something fantastically whimsical on our vaulted ceilings!

White, definitely! I have the same sort of ceiling and I can’t imagine it painted the same color as the walls; it’s just too much!

Should We Paint Our Vaulted Ceiling?

Q: We are looking to re-paint the walls either a grey color or a darker greyish brown and I’m curious as to what you think we should do with the ceiling. Should we paint it the same color as the walls like it is now? I feel that it’s an overwhelming amount of any color.

Categories

30 Comments

No. In my previous house all the ceilings were painted the same color as the walls and it was completely overwhelming and so refreshing to return them to white.

Either white or palest blue

another thing to consider would be to use the same color as you have on the walls, but use a ratio of about 80% white/20% color. that way, you will have the same color, but a more subtle effect. the space will seem more unified-especially with the high ceilings.

With a slanted ceiling, one color is best as there is no demarcation line. My favorite gray is a lovely color by Benjamin Moore, HC169. It is an historical color and beautifully plays with light.

I have almost the exact same setup (ceiling fan dropped down from the vault) and we did paint everything. It started out as an accident (wild, uncontrolled veering onto the ceiling) and we just went ahead and painted it all the same color and figured if we hated it, we could repaint.

I like the idea of painting it white or the same color, but in a lighter shade.

Should We Paint Our Vaulted Ceiling — Good Questions Apartment Therapy

i agree with Karen, as long as your wall/ceiling joint is straight (mine is not) go with a lighter shade on the ceiling as the walls. White is boring but dark ceilings will just encase you. I have horribly uneven walls in my house so if i cut the line it would look like a 3 year old painted it.

your color but two shades whiter, or just a pale-white looking version of your color if you’re going dark on walls. I think lamps and torchieres and sconces might help add height to that room, the ceiling overhead lamp totally overwhelms in the photo.

My parents have vaulted ceilings in their house and every wall and ceiling through the entire house is the same color. I rather like it. I would think that if you are going to choose any surface to paint a different color to break it up for your eye, it would be the pentagon-shaped wall.

When painting ceilings, the Christopher Lowell tip of the century is to pick a shade up to four shades lighter on the paint sample card. It will make the room look larger in my opinion not to leave it white. Monochromatics of course will always make a room look larger. Stick with the lighter shades. Hope that helps and please post pics after.

PS: White soaks up the space in the room and will definitely make ceiling and room look SMALLER if you leave it white (unless the entire room is white). As long as you pick a lighter shade, painting it all (the ceilings and walls) will make it look larger because the eye will naturally keep going to the ceiling. If the ceiling is white then your eye stops at the ceiling and that’s a shame because the high ceilings are a plus to a room like this.

I would definitely paint it a darker color, you can always use thin moldings and paint them the same color as your walls before you install them, you can buy them at a hardware store, this way you have a clean line. You could try a sample of Benjamin Moore Majestic blue 2051-40 they sell them and you can cover almost 3×3 feet or a little less but you have to put 2 coats.

It is a bedroom and a darker color could be more envelopping.

As you can see by the comments there’s no real answer. if you change your mind you can always repaint next year!

I painted my vaulted ceiling the same color as the trim, an off-white. The ceiling is popcorned and it was a very hard job. I will hire someone to spray it the next time! That said, I love the softness of the off-white.

I’d go white. (Or, as suggested, 80% white plus 20% wall color.)

I totally agree with karen at number4. Don’t go completely white, just mix in some of that pretty grey you’re using on the walls. You don’t want to feel boxed in, and using a much lighter shade of your wall color will help you make sure that the walls and ceiling complement each other. Good luck!

I would go with the same wall color. You could go with a darker accent color on one of the walls with a peak.

I have vaulted ceilings all over my house — two bathrooms, two bedrooms. The bedrooms I didn’t paint the ceilings and I HATE THEM. When you take into consideration the square footage of a vaulted ceiling — it’s a heck of a lot of real estate to leave white. It looks very, very undone. One bathroom I painted and it looks great (Bone by Behr) and the other — and this is the best but most expensive option — we clad in 2″ heart pine. It looks fantastic. Not cheap and not easy to pull off, but we love it to bits.

What Karen said. Will look all put together but won’t feel as though the ceiling is closing in (which all one dark color would, especially while lying in bed).

My mom has a room similar to the one in the post. This room has 2 doors and 1 west facing window. We painted the walls and ceiling with Behr paint «Cancun Sand» with primer mixed in. The room looks great. Bold color accessories were used as lipstick for the room. Good luck on your project.

Paint the ceiling off-white and you can’t go wrong. Then paint the walls whatever color you want (not too dark, pls).

If you paint the ceiling a dark color, from the bed it’ll look like you’ve been buried alive. Personally, I wouldn’t like that.

If it’s in the budget, I’d redo the lighting in that room as well. That’ll make more of an impact than paint will.

In our bedroom I painted the vaulted ceiling Ben Moore Baby Blue Eyes. The walls are white. It is very relaxing.

After seeing all the Renaissance art on ceilings in Europe, I’m thinking of painting something fantastically whimsical on our vaulted ceilings!

White, definitely! I have the same sort of ceiling and I can’t imagine it painted the same color as the walls; it’s just too much!


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