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Your newly decorated room is nothing short of fabulous. You’ve chosen the perfect wall color. The furnishings and accessories are spot on. But you have this gnawing feeling that something is still missing. Take a look at your ceilings. Do they complete the space or just fade into nothingness?
Consider pampering the forgotten “fifth wall” with color, a hint of luster or stenciled patterns to give your room the crowning touch it deserves. The color on the ceiling can make a diminutive room appear more spacious, make a large room feel cozy, or provide character to an otherwise uninspiring space.
Create instant sophistication by painting the ceiling the same color as your walls. This technique works best in rooms with high ceilings or those with crown molding. If you think the effect will be too overpowering, use a ceiling color two shades lighter or darker than your wall color. Or simply add white pigment to your paint to lighten the look of the ceiling or walls.
Take a room with neutral to the next level by painting the ceiling a vivid yet complimentary color. Imagine a room with taupe walls with an eye-catching, coral red ceiling. It not only adds interest; it gives you another great way to inject your personality into a space. Showcase chunky crown molding or coved detail by reinforcing the architectural features with a dose of vibrant ceiling paint color.
An open concept space with towering walls often feels cold and impersonal. You can easily warm up the lower portion of the room with rugs, furnishings and window treatments. However, even a killer chandelier will feel lost when set against a white ceiling. Add warmth to the entire space painting the ceiling in an intense shade like navy, black, or gunmetal. This is a sure-fire way to cozy up even the most cavernous room.
If you’re a glamorous sort who appreciates shimmer and shine, try experimenting with paint glazes on the ceiling. You can go subtle or bold. Use a neutral color as the base and apply a topcoat of matching pearlescent glaze to introduce a hint of glam. Got a country-inspired room that is yearning for a tin ceiling? Stencil one on with metallic glaze in any finish you like. A reflective trompe l’oeil effect is sure to amaze.
Got a small room but don’t have the budget to open up the walls or raise the ceiling? Take the easy route and renovate with paint. Visually expand a small room by minimizing the contrast in color between the walls and ceiling. Also, remember that lighter colors make a room feel larger. For example, similar shades of warm gold capped by creamy yellow create a continuous plane which visually gives the room a greater sense of space. In this case, choose a ceiling paint with the same finish used on the walls.
© 2018 Linda Chechar
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on November 01, 2018:
Thanks, Furnshop. Glad you liked the ceiling ideas.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 23, 2018:
R Talloni, I agree that it does take a brave one to paint the ceiling with something other than a bland white. It is worth it to envelop the room with character and color.
RTalloni on October 23, 2018:
Color on a ceiling can indeed make a huge difference in a room's ambiance. Using more than one color in a subtle way can bring in something akin to architectural detail. This look at making ceilings pop with paint is useful to anyone brave enough! :)