Why You Should Start Painting Your Ceilings with Color

Why you should paint ceilings a color

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Color isn’t just for walls. Next time you’re ready to transform a room, don’t overlook the ceiling. Skip traditional “ceiling white” paint and reach for some color instead.

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“Painting your ceiling and walls the same color works best in rooms with flat ceilings as opposed to those with a scalloped texture,” according to Sharper Impressions Painting, a company that specializes in both residential and commercial painting.

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Make the Room Feel More Intimate or Larger

If you have a large room, a darker paint color on the walls and ceiling will help the room feel more intimate. The darker color gives the illusion that the ceiling is lower, which can make for a cozier feel for otherwise cool-feeling spaces.

If you paint the ceiling a lighter color, it can help make a smaller room feel larger and more open and bright.

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Get a Sophisticated Look

To get a more sophisticated look in a room, use the same paint color on the walls and the ceiling. Then use white paint on the trim to break it up and give it contrast.

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Blend with Neutrals

If you have a kitchen or bathroom with white fixtures, add color to the walls and the ceiling to help make the room more interesting. A bold color, such as bright green, will help offset the all-white elements and give the space new energy.

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Show Off a Detailed Ceiling

For ceilings with details, such as those with exposed beams or shiplap, use a color to draw attention upward. Use a bright hue to highlight the details of the ceiling. This tactic works well with white walls, as it creates an unexpected contrast.

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