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Your ceilings represent one-sixth of the space in an area, but all too often, the paint colour for your ceiling gets overlooked. Acting as a large piece of real estate, your ceiling deserves a conscious design choice. Whether you’re renovating on a budget, expanding room size, or looking to make a dramatic statement, painting your ceiling can transform a room very effectively.
Most ceilings are painted white, but that’s not just for the sake of convenience or cost effectiveness. The colour white tricks the eye and alters our perceptions of room dimensions. Interior designers use this tidbit when bringing space to a cramped room. When ceilings are painted white, they appear higher and brighter than they are. To create a more polished, airy and more open space, consider painting the walls with a shade or white or off-white too.
If you’re tired of white ceilings but not quite ready to go with a bold ceiling colour choice, consider painting your ceiling with colours such as grey, taupe, beige or even a pale yellow. Using light colours adds a hint of colour and similarly reflects light and ceilings painted white do. You’ll also be able to enhance the size of your room white a light colour. Painting both your walls and ceiling the same colour creates and endless plane of colour which is both pleasing to the eye and creates a rich atmosphere which can complete any room.
While painting your ceiling white may help you to maximize your space, it’s a safe choice that may lead to you missing an opportunity to add some excitement to a room. Add character by painting the ceilings a different, or contrasting colour than your walls. If you’re looking to make a strong design statement, think about painting your walls white with a brightly coloured ceiling.
As a general rule of thumb, a room will feel higher when ceilings are painted a lighter colours than the walls. Some choose to paint ceilings darker than the colour of their walls which can create a more cozy and intimate mood. This design choice works best for ceilings higher than nine feet tall to avoid a sense than the room is closing in.
If you want to do something more drastic, try going bold and adding visual interest to your room by adding a design like stripes. Vertical stripes can help a room feel taller, while horizontal stripes can help a room feel longer. Paint designs and colours not only showcase character effectively, but they can be strategically used to disguise some unattractive items that may be in your home such as vents and help direct attention away from eye sores.