Reasons why you should paint your ceiling

Ceilings are often a forgotten surface when you are repainting or renovating your home.  For most people it is an easy option to grab a tin of white ceiling paint and away you go. It’s one less hard decision to have to make.

So why should you consider using colour on your ceiling?

You give the colour of your walls colours a great deal of thought before painting them so why not do the same for the ceiling? You can create great effects by painting it a colour other than standard ceiling white.

By selecting different tones and intensities of a colour you can really change how a room looks and feels.  It can give the illusion of more space in a room or it can make a room feel more intimate.

A standard ceiling white can look a bit dull in certain rooms, but you like a white ceiling try tinting your ceiling paint with a white that complements the other colours in your room.  It will provide a harmonious and cohesive look to your room.

Large rooms with high ceilings can appear more intimate when the ceiling is painted in a darker tone than the walls.  If the walls are dark you can create a cosy  feel by painting the ceiling the same tone. You do need to consider the size of the room for this look as using dark colours can make a room feel oppressive if it is on the smaller side.

If you have low ceilings and want to give the illusion of more space, paint the ceiling a lighter tone than the walls and floor.  A lighter ceiling will give the impression that the ceiling is higher.

If you want to match your ceiling and your wall colour,  try painting the ceiling a half or quarter strength of your wall colour as the same strength will appear darker on the ceiling than on the walls.

Dining rooms, bedrooms and hallways are spaces that are good to experiment with a coloured ceiling. You can create a moody, intimate feeling with a darker ceiling in these zones or add a pop of bright colour.  You do need to consider the size of the room and the type of lighting in the room.

A small bathroom can be given a good dose of personality with a brightly coloured ceiling. This will also provide a focal point and draw attention away from the size of the room.  

Another way you can add interest to your ceiling is to use timber panels. They have been popular in recent years and not only do they look fantastic,  they will add warmth and texture to your room.

Some things to be mindful of when selecting a colour for your ceiling is that any colour will appear darker on the ceiling than it will on vertical surfaces.  Because the ceiling doesn’t get direct light, colours will look darker on the ceiling than it will look on a wall, floor or other surface that get direct light.

So will you be experimenting with some colour on your ceiling?

I'd love to hear if you have painted your ceiling a colour other than white? Were you happy with the results? Share your comments below.

Happy decorating


17 August 2017

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