Around seventeen percent of the surface space in a room is taken up by the ceiling, an area that is typically neglected when it comes to design. A flourish of color can add visual drama to any room, without overwhelming the overall design effects you have so carefully created.
For many homeowners, the ceiling of a room is the final barrier, a place desperately in need of a splash of color but too risky to actually try outside of a design magazine. But with some simple planning and skilled execution, a painted ceiling can be a revelation. The key to this process is simply choosing the right color, whether it is a variation on the wall color, a neutral counterpoint or a totally new, contrasting shade.
Neutral Colors Can Make A Difference
A soft neutral shade, like charcoal or butterscotch, can help to balance out walls painted in a stronger, brighter tone. Contrasting colors do not have to be bright to have an effect on the overall look of the room. A neutral color on the ceiling of a room with brightly colored walls creates the same contrasting effect as a brighter shade of paint would, but in a subtler way. This approach is ideal for homeowners who don’t like too many bright colors in one space.
Try a Monochromatic Look For a Gallery Effect
Coordinating the color of your ceiling to your wall color may seem like overkill, but it actually helps to create a uniform backdrop for the art, furniture or view in a certain room. Plus, there is no denying that the saturation of one shade on every wall in a given room creates a stunning effect on any visitor. There is a danger of the room becoming darker than a room with a white ceiling, so it is important to amplify any natural light or increase the lighting within the room. Another popular technique is to decrease the intensity of the paint color by mixing in white paint to a ratio of 80 percent color and 20 percent white. The end result is a shade of paint just a touch lighter than your wall color.
Is Plain White Ever The Right Choice?
There are some circumstances in which white is the best color choice for a ceiling. If you have eye catching artwork or intricately patterned wallpaper, a white ceiling may be the ideal choice to keep the eyes of any viewers focused on those items. Many popular paint brands offer a “ceiling white”, a white with warmer undertones intended just for ceiling surfaces. These paints are specially formulated to be self-priming, so you get a full and rich white color with just one coat.
Tips for a Standout Ceiling
- Accent a room with monochromatic walls and ceiling by painting the trim a crisp white color
- Base your color choice on the feeling you want to evoke in the room. A lightly colored ceiling will open up the space, while a darker color makes a space cozier and more intimate.
- Use a flat finish paint to ensure the ceiling absorbs as much light as possible
If you’re ready to start choosing the right colors for the ceilings in your home, stop into Ace Paints for expert quality and advice. Our selection includes top quality paints from Benjamin Moore, and our skilled staff will be happy to help you find the right one for your home.