What Color Should I Paint The Ceiling My Design Secrets

What Color Should I Paint The Ceiling My Design Secrets

What Color Should I Paint the Ceiling?

This a photo of my office, which has a vaulted ceiling that was previously white. This time I painted the walls and ceiling Prescott Green and I love how it opened up the room.

We recently had the interior of our home repainted and its so wonderful to see clean, fresh colors on the walls.  So I chose some new colorsnothing too earth-shattering.  I stayed with the palette I love.blues, greens and earth tones.The trusty Benjamin Moore Historical Collection has been my color home base for years.

First we had some prep work to do. The painter did a great job of repairing the cracked plaster on the ceiling which made a huge different.  You see, we live in a Bungalow that was built in 1981 and by South Florida standards that is OLD! Now old is not a bad thing.  I like old. I grew up in a house that was a Grist Mill built in 1840. Old meant original hardwood floors, exposed beams and a house that oozed character and charm. It also had lots of cool places to hide. But in this house old  means quirky building details, odd-shaped rooms and every room has vaulted ceilings.

So the important changes I made this time around were with the ceiling colors.  In most rooms we have vaulted ceilings.which means 2 things.  A fifth wall that covers a lot of real estate and no crown moldings. I love this house, it just always requires a little extra imagination to pull it all together.

Big deal, right?  Well it is a big deal if you want a cohesive look and the ceiling is the crowning touch.  So here are some tips on choosing colors for your ceiling:

Vaulted Ceiling  Without crown molding you rarely get a straight edge where the ceiling meets the wall which looks messy and distracting.  A good solution?  If the wall color is on the lighter side, I like to paint the ceiling the same color.  It makes for a smooth transition and the room looks larger. I dont recommend colors that are too dark for rooms with vaulted ceilings. If you paint the ceiling that same dark color and dont have enough light in the room, it can really make it feel closed in.  As human beings we feel most comfortable with darker colors below and lighter ones above.kinda like the ground and sky!

Flat Ceilings/No Crown Molding You have a few factors to consider.  If the line between the ceiling and wall is nice and straight, then you can certainly go with different colors. But choose a soft white rather than the chalky Ceiling White that most painters will automatically use. When you look at the whites side by side, you will see some are warm (pinks and golds) while others are cool (more blue or gray). Choose accordingly.  You can also choose a lighter shade of your wall color.

Our Living Room has a plank ceiling with a simple band of trim around the edge so it basically the same as having a crown molding. So we painted both Atrium white which has a ever so slight pink hue. It compliments the warmth of the Chestnut walls.

Flat Ceilings with Crown Moldin g  Since you will most likely go with a white tone for your crown, its best to do the same with the ceiling.  I often use the same color for the crown as the ceiling (but of course a satin or semi-gloss for the trim and flat for the ceiling).  Dont use the wall color on the ceiling.  The crown is going to look like a big white stripe around the room.

Small Ceilings — In powder rooms and small laundry rooms I like to use the same color on the walls and ceiling.  It makes the room look more unified.  If you have wallpaper in a small powder room, wallpaper the ceiling or paint it the same background color as the paper.

I hope this helps you have more confidence when its time to paint.  I am sure you will find that your newly painted (non-chalky-white) ceiling will give your room a light airy feeling!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm and is filed under color. decorating tips. paint. walls & ceilings. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response. or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to What Color Should I Paint the Ceiling?

    Dolly Malcom Says:

Thank you for this posting, I was basically looking for permission to paint my powder room ceiling the same color as the walls. I needed confirmation that it wont look silly! This was very helpful

I have a vaulted room with 13 feet maximum height. the room was origninally all cedar walls and ceiling, no molding. just painted the walls a sherwin williams mocha to cover stains from 40 years. Want to paint the ceiling the same. we have lots of natural light with tall windows. what do you think?

The color I have chosen for my bedroom is between dusky grey and doe brown. My daughter is laughingly calling it brey (a cross between brown and grey). 8 ft ceilings and no crown molding. I have chosen this serene color because I am a daysleeper and need something soft and comforting. My question is, what can I do with the ceiling? It is blaring white currently with that weird mop splotch texturing. Id like to sand that down a little, but I definately need a different color.

What Color Should I Paint the Ceiling?

This a photo of my office, which has a vaulted ceiling that was previously white. This time I painted the walls and ceiling Prescott Green and I love how it opened up the room.

We recently had the interior of our home repainted and its so wonderful to see clean, fresh colors on the walls.  So I chose some new colorsnothing too earth-shattering.  I stayed with the palette I love.blues, greens and earth tones.The trusty Benjamin Moore Historical Collection has been my color home base for years.

First we had some prep work to do. The painter did a great job of repairing the cracked plaster on the ceiling which made a huge different.  You see, we live in a Bungalow that was built in 1981 and by South Florida standards that is OLD! Now old is not a bad thing.  I like old. I grew up in a house that was a Grist Mill built in 1840. Old meant original hardwood floors, exposed beams and a house that oozed character and charm. It also had lots of cool places to hide. But in this house old  means quirky building details, odd-shaped rooms and every room has vaulted ceilings.

So the important changes I made this time around were with the ceiling colors.  In most rooms we have vaulted ceilings.which means 2 things.  A fifth wall that covers a lot of real estate and no crown moldings. I love this house, it just always requires a little extra imagination to pull it all together.

What Color Should I Paint The Ceiling My Design Secrets

Big deal, right?  Well it is a big deal if you want a cohesive look and the ceiling is the crowning touch.  So here are some tips on choosing colors for your ceiling:

Vaulted Ceiling  Without crown molding you rarely get a straight edge where the ceiling meets the wall which looks messy and distracting.  A good solution?  If the wall color is on the lighter side, I like to paint the ceiling the same color.  It makes for a smooth transition and the room looks larger. I dont recommend colors that are too dark for rooms with vaulted ceilings. If you paint the ceiling that same dark color and dont have enough light in the room, it can really make it feel closed in.  As human beings we feel most comfortable with darker colors below and lighter ones above.kinda like the ground and sky!

Flat Ceilings/No Crown Molding You have a few factors to consider.  If the line between the ceiling and wall is nice and straight, then you can certainly go with different colors. But choose a soft white rather than the chalky Ceiling White that most painters will automatically use. When you look at the whites side by side, you will see some are warm (pinks and golds) while others are cool (more blue or gray). Choose accordingly.  You can also choose a lighter shade of your wall color.

Our Living Room has a plank ceiling with a simple band of trim around the edge so it basically the same as having a crown molding. So we painted both Atrium white which has a ever so slight pink hue. It compliments the warmth of the Chestnut walls.

Flat Ceilings with Crown Moldin g  Since you will most likely go with a white tone for your crown, its best to do the same with the ceiling.  I often use the same color for the crown as the ceiling (but of course a satin or semi-gloss for the trim and flat for the ceiling).  Dont use the wall color on the ceiling.  The crown is going to look like a big white stripe around the room.

Small Ceilings — In powder rooms and small laundry rooms I like to use the same color on the walls and ceiling.  It makes the room look more unified.  If you have wallpaper in a small powder room, wallpaper the ceiling or paint it the same background color as the paper.

I hope this helps you have more confidence when its time to paint.  I am sure you will find that your newly painted (non-chalky-white) ceiling will give your room a light airy feeling!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm and is filed under color. decorating tips. paint. walls & ceilings. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response. or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to What Color Should I Paint the Ceiling?

    Dolly Malcom Says:

Thank you for this posting, I was basically looking for permission to paint my powder room ceiling the same color as the walls. I needed confirmation that it wont look silly! This was very helpful

I have a vaulted room with 13 feet maximum height. the room was origninally all cedar walls and ceiling, no molding. just painted the walls a sherwin williams mocha to cover stains from 40 years. Want to paint the ceiling the same. we have lots of natural light with tall windows. what do you think?

The color I have chosen for my bedroom is between dusky grey and doe brown. My daughter is laughingly calling it brey (a cross between brown and grey). 8 ft ceilings and no crown molding. I have chosen this serene color because I am a daysleeper and need something soft and comforting. My question is, what can I do with the ceiling? It is blaring white currently with that weird mop splotch texturing. Id like to sand that down a little, but I definately need a different color.


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