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The ceiling is now considered such an
important element in a space that it is
often referred to as the fifth wall in inte-
rior design. They are often forgotten and
neglected, and all the while they have so
much potential. we paint the other four
walls with great thought, beautifully mak-
ing masterpieces out of them. We take
our time to pick out colours for the walls
to match our textiles, and furniture, even
artwork, but won't give the ceiling a
thought. Most of us keep it white and
blah. Usually the only thing popping from
the ceiling is a chandelier, or a ceiling fan.
Well ceilings need love too! Painting or
adding a design element to a ceiling can
really change a entire space from dull to
that wow factor, but the best news is that
painting a ceiling is a very budget friendly
way to add curb appeal to a space.
There are some considerations that need
to take place before you paint your ceiling.
Decide on the overall result you want to
achieve in the room. Do you want the room
to feel large, airy, spacious, and tall? Do you
want a cozy, intimate feeling where you feel
surrounded and safe? Do you want to cre-
ate the illusion of space in a small room, or
emphasize the smallness by using a
stronger colour? Is the room too big and
cavernous so you're trying to make it more
However, once you've decided to paint the
ceiling, Dwayne suggests you use the same
colour as the wall but at 1/4 to 1/2 strength.
Using the same colour keeps a cohesive
feeling in the room yet allows the ceiling to
be perceptibly lighter and brighter.
If you are considering banishing your bor-
ing white ceiling, Beyond Paint (Colour Solu-
tions) suggest a few decorating ideas to
give it the attention it deserves.
For a harmonious, monochromatic look,
use hues in the same colour family for both
the ceilings and the walls. Don't be afraid to
use the darker colour on the ceiling. This will
create a space that is bold and elegant. It's
perfectly fine to paint your ceiling with a
bold colour, even if the walls are white.
In small rooms, many people paint the
ceilings white to achieve a sense of spa-
ciousness. However, painting both the walls
and ceiling with the same colour will actu-
ally make the space appear larger, because
there is less contrast.
When using multiple colours perhaps in
an entertainment room or kids room it is es-
sential for fostering imagination and cre-
In small spaces, painting the ceiling the
same colour as the walls (or one shade
lighter) can make the room feel larger.
On ceilings with molding, try a neutral
colour (such as light beige, ivory or gray) on
the ceiling to make your molding really pop
and give your space an elegant look.
If your walls and furnishings are neutral in
colour, consider adding your main colour on
your ceiling (a classic colour such as rich
plum or red often works well) to draw the
eye upward and give your room some vibe.
Decals, stencils or even decoupage work
well on smooth ceilings and give a room a
surprise ingredient that can really add an in-
dividual touch to a space, or for a custom
look, paint a design on your ceiling to draw
the eye upward.
Small decorative wood moldings are inex-
pensive, and with a bit of paint or stain and
a touch of hot glue, a ceiling can easily be
transformed into the most interesting fea-
ture of a space.
You can make your ceiling appear like an
expensive, trayed ceiling by painting a soft
pinstripe or border around edge of your ceil-
ing. Choose two paint colours similar in tone
to achieve this look.
As usual with home decorating, there are
always exceptions, personal preference and
style to consider. Remember to use your
imagination in your home.
Colour Solutions Tips:
Cool colours tend to recede into space
while warm colours often make something
appear closer, so consider this when choos-
ing your ceiling paint colours.
If you choose your ceiling to be your main
colour element in your room, don't forget to
"spread the wealth" by adding throw pil-
lows, vases and other decorative acces-
sories in the same colour.
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