Selecting paint colour for your ceiling is equally as important as that of your walls and it could be quite a difficult task if you don’t have an interior decorator to help you with it. If you follow these painting rules, you can be sure to choose the right shade for any room.
Painting Your Ceiling and Walls the Same Colour
If you’re thinking about painting your ceiling and walls the same colour, it’s important to know that dark or light paint colours work best depending on the type and size of room you’re painting. Medium paint tones don’t work as well, so skip these hues unless you want to try a different technique. Painting the ceiling and walls the same colour is ideal for the following types of rooms:
- Small rooms: Choosing a darker paint colour for the ceiling and walls in a small room will envelop the space in rich colour and make it feel more intimate. But if you want a small space to feel more spacious than it actually is, opt for a lighter colour for the walls and ceiling.
- Large rooms: In a larger space, choosing a seamless look with either darker or lighter paint colours will unify the room and bring focus to your furniture and decor.
- Asymmetrical, vaulted, or angled ceilings: Using the same wall paint colour for these types of ceilings can help simplify the shape of the entire room you’re painting. Try a darker shade for a cozier space, or something lighter to open things up.
However, painting your ceiling and walls the same color works best in rooms with flat ceilings as opposed to those with scalloped texture.
Painting Your Ceiling a Lighter Colour Than the Walls
When you paint your ceiling a lighter colour, it can make the walls of the room feel higher and your space look larger. The standard technique of painting ceilings lighter than walls is to whiten your wall paint with a ratio of 80 percent white paint to 20 percent colour. This painting technique is perfect for opening up small spaces or making rooms with lower ceilings seem roomier. You may be well-suited to paint your ceiling a lighter color than the walls if:
- You desire a low-contrast look.
- The wall paint colour you choose looks perfect when lightened for use on your ceiling.
- You like simplicity and subtle tone changes.
Painting Your Ceiling a Darker Colour Than the Walls
If you’re thinking about painting your ceiling a darker colour than the walls, the technique can be ideal if you want to go for a slight contrast between your walls and ceiling, or if you want a high-contrast look in a white-walled room. When you paint your ceiling a darker colour than the walls of a room, it’s crucial to choose a hue that is just two to three shades darker than the wall colour for a sophisticated, polished look. You may want to consider painting your ceiling a darker colour if:
- You want to make your room feel cozier and more intimate: A darker paint colour will create the illusion of a lower ceiling even if it’s particularly high. Exposed basement ceilings are a good example of using a flat black paint to make it feel like an industrial pub-like setting.
- Your room has white walls: If you’re feeling bold, choosing dark paint for the ceiling will give the room striking contrast you’ll love.
Try dark colors like charcoal grays, navy hues, or chocolate-brown shades on rooms with white walls to create a dramatic, contrasted look. A flat black can also be timeless when you have exposed ceilings.
Painting Your Ceiling White
Even with a plethora of interior paint colours to choose from, you may simply want to paint your ceiling white. For decades, white paint on ceilings has been considered the best choice — and the safest. You can count on a fresh coat of white paint to cover up some stains and brightening up the room below. Choosing to paint your ceiling white can often be an ideal solution.
You may want to paint your ceiling white if:
- The room is filled with bright colours. Do you have a lot of colour going on in the room in terms of furniture, paint, decor, or upholstery? The best thing to do in this situation is to choose a white hue for the ceiling. If you decide to paint your ceiling any other colour, it likely won’t blend well with the rest of the room.
- You are painting the ceiling of a primary living area. While dark or light colours on the ceiling can often create sophisticated charm and enhance certain rooms, there are times when white is best. This is especially true if you are painting main living areas such as the family room or kitchen. If you value simplicity in these areas, white will likely be your best bet.
- Your ceiling is textured or has visible imperfections. Choosing flat white paint in this case will help disguise any lumps or bumps along the ceiling
- The room doesn’t get a lot of natural light. In rooms that don’t get much light, white ceiling paint is best as it works to reflect more light into these darker rooms.
Deciding on the right paint color for your ceiling is just the beginning. Once you take the time to choose the best color and painting technique for your ceiling painting project, you want peace of mind that everything was painted correctly.