When it comes time to paint a room, you may wonder what to do with the ceiling. It’s hard enough selecting a color for the walls, so do you really need to worry about the ceiling too? Many people never look up at ceilings, so you might have never noticed of how other people paint them. After all, it’s not the first place you look! If you’re ready to start a painting project and are wondering about your ceiling, we have you covered. Let’s find the answer to whether or not you should paint the ceiling the same color as the walls.
When Ceilings Match the Walls
Occasionally, ceilings are painted to match the walls. When the ceiling and walls are the same color, it can make a room feel smaller or cozier. Rooms that have lower ceilings with less surface area are the most commonly painted to match. These include bathrooms, closets, and, sometimes, stairways.
If you have very high ceilings, you may also want to paint them the same color as the walls. This will bring tall or highly vaulted ceilings back down to create a more cohesive, cozier look. If you want to paint a ceiling, it doesn’t have to be the same exact shade as the walls. The color can be somewhat lighter and will still give the room a consistent look.
When Ceilings Do Not Match the Walls
Many times, ceilings are painted a flat white color to give the room dimension. This also makes the ceiling look like it is in the background. Flat white is the most recommended ceiling shade and can be paired with the same color on trim. This ties the entire room together. However, you may opt for a higher sheen on your trim to protect baseboards that tend to get scuffed and beaten up quickly.
A Note from an Expert
If you’re still not sure what color to use on your ceiling, then consider what our color consultant Christina Kittlestad recommends:
“Every home is different, with its own unique features. However, I typically recommend painting ceilings white or a lighter shade of the wall color. This offers subtle contrast and clean lines. If you love a relaxed feel in your home, consider painting your ceilings and walls the same color in specific rooms such as the master bedroom. This will create a restful and calm environment, where your eye moves freely throughout the room.
In main living areas, where there can be taller ceilings and too many angles, painting ceiling and walls one color can effortlessly pull a room together. Painting ceiling and walls one color can also allow you to create more focal points in a room using other design elements such as artwork, textiles and accessories. To find out more about color consulting please go to: https://www.spiraldesignsinc.com.”
Make sure you know the how you want each room to feel before deciding on a ceiling color. A darker color that matches the walls will make the room feel smaller, cozier, and bring a room together. A lighter, or white, ceiling creates more depth and opens a room up. Once you know how you want a room to look, choosing a ceiling color becomes much easier.