What Color Should I Paint My Ceiling?
If you’re thinking about painting your ceiling, it’s important to understand what you’re trying to accomplish by doing so. You could be trying to hide imperfections, revitalize your space, or maybe you just want a change. Whatever the reason is, there are lots of way to go about it. Listed below are four possible scenarios to consider. By the end of this article, you will be able to decide for yourself what color you should paint your ceiling.
The obvious option for ceiling color is white, and for good reason! White ceilings are the safest choice for most homeowners and are very common because they tend to go unnoticed most of the time. White ceilings make the room feel taller and they allow for the wall color to stand out more. If your ceilings are white right now (or used to be ten years ago) and you are wanting to simply update your indoor space, a repaint with the same color may be all you need.
Light Colored Ceiling
Similar to white ceilings, light colored ceilings are more on the safe side. Of course this has a lot to do with the color of your walls. If your walls are dark, a light complimentary ceiling color will make the room appear taller, but if your walls are light, painting the ceiling a different light color may be a little obnoxious (unless it’s the same color, but we will get to that later). If you want your ceiling to remain subtle, but not white, just make sure the color you go with is lighter than your walls.
Dark Colored Ceiling
On the flip side, dark ceilings with lighter walls would be considered a bolder choice. A dark ceiling can create a cozy, intimate space, though be mindful, as it also makes the room feel shorter. This color scheme should be used sparingly and creatively. Places like a den or a dining room could really benefit with dark ceilings! A dark colored ceiling with a different colored dark wall could come across depressing or maybe a little overbearing. If you just want your ceiling to stand out as an accent, a dark color with light walls will definitely make the proper statement!
Same Color as Walls
Painting a room all one color top to bottom might not be as crazy as it sounds. However, color does matter. Colors will always trigger an emotional response whether they are light or dark, so keep that in mind. If you go with a light color, the room will be enveloped in a clean, non-threatening aura. It will also feel larger than it actually is. A darker room has it’s advantages as well. A room like this may seem a little less happy, but will definitely appear more sophisticated. In the end, if you paint your ceiling the same color as the walls, the space will feel simpler and can allow for other décor to stand out. If you’re going to go with this scheme, choose a color that will accent the furniture and promote the desired purpose of the space.
Ceiling Texture and Sheen
No matter what color you decide to go with, always use a flat or matte paint for ceilings. This is the standard sheen for ceilings, as it does not reflect much light and does not draw unnecessary attention. Most ceilings are textured, so if this is the case for you, remember you must use a flat or matte sheen. Otherwise your ceiling will be extremely busy with every bump and divot clearly visible.
Ask a Professional
With so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Luckily there are people who look at this stuff every day. If you’re in the Indianapolis area and would like a second opinion or a hand with your ceiling, give us a call at Elite Pro Painting. We would love nothing more than to help you make something beautiful, it’s what we do for a living!