4 Ways to Implement Color on Your Ceilings

When it’s time to renovate a space, most of the time the ceiling is forgotten. Your ceiling may need some attention after years of neglect. The ceiling, also known as the fifth wall, represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it only gets a coat or two of white paint. For decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best color choice for ceilings.

White is a popular ceiling paint color because it reflects light, gives the illusion of depth, and it’s easy to find. If you think that your ceiling is a bit boring and you just want a fresh new look, then painting it a different color would be a great way to brighten and modernize your room.

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Color Your Ceilings

Ceilings make a big difference to the appearance and feel of a room. You may be missing an opportunity to add excitement to a room when white is the color used all the time. Adding color on the ceiling can enhance a room’s character.  White is still a beautiful, classic color for your ceiling; however, there are many other exciting colors you can use.

1. Same Color as the Walls

Painting your ceiling the same color as the walls in a small room creates a seamless color generates a calm and restful atmosphere. This would work well in a bathroom or bedroom. In a larger room, the one-color treatment unifies the space and focuses attention on the furnishings and accessories that fill it.

Ideal colors that would work include light grey, beige, pale blue, and other lighter shades.  Painting your ceiling and walls the same color gets rid of the contrast between the walls and ceiling. If your room has crown molding, painting it glossy white goes beautifully with this look.

If you'd like to repeat the wall color on your ceiling, but want the look to be lighter, dilute the wall paint with white in a ratio of about 80 percent white to 20 percent wall color. A same-color ceiling can appear lower, so it makes a room with lofty proportions feel more intimate.

2. A Shade Lighter or Darker

A ceiling that is a few shades lighter or darker than the walls is a wonderful way to make your room feel unified without it all looking the same. Rooms with tall ceilings can feel cozier by using a darker shade above, while rooms with low ceilings can be seem airier by using a lighter shade.

3. Total Opposite

The most colorful and unique option is to paint your ceiling a completely different color than the walls. Applying a contrasting color to the ceiling can dramatically alter your perception of the space. This tends to work best if your walls are a neutral color. Black, dark grey, yellow, pink, tan, and sky blue are increasingly popular options. If you go with this option, tie in the ceiling color with decorations and accents.

4. Multi-Colored Ceiling

If you've got a ceiling with some added dimension, you can treat the ceiling to more than one color. You can use a beige and a dark brown to enhance the dimension already there.

Vaulted, cathedral or multi-angled ceilings are unique. They create depth and open space. Dark colors make the ceiling feel lower, while lighter colors create the illusion of more space.

Rules for Painting Ceilings with Color

Light and dark colors: Ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Visually lowered ceilings can make a room feel cozy and intimate.

Light source: As with wall colors, consider the source and strength of light the room receives during the time you're most often using it. Bright daylight bouncing off a blush pink or sky-blue ceiling creates an airy feeling. Candlelight and lamplight reflecting on tomato red produce a rich glow.

Paint Finish: Ceiling paint is usually flat. An eggshell or satin finish paint offers a bit of reflective sheen. This is useful when you use a darker color. If you use a higher sheen paint, make sure your ceiling is clear of marks as they will show more with higher sheen paint.

High or Low, We Paint Them Both

Painting your ceiling a new color is very exciting, but it involves a lot of time. Hiring a professional painting company ensures that the job is done quickly without all the trouble. HBP Painting is here to help. Our team of professionals can help you select the perfect color and finish for your ceilings.