Design Decisions

What Color Should You Paint Your Ceiling?

Design: Tamara Magel

A common question that comes up when talking about paint is what color to paint the ceiling. For many years people didn’t sway from the “normal” white ceiling paint. This was the safe look and people didn’t think otherwise. Now, with so many options out there, painting ceilings just a “normal” white has become a thing of the past.

There are many options for what color choices you can go with, but ultimately it is about what look you are going for and personal taste. Here are a few ideas. Let us know if you have any to add.

Painting the Ceiling the Same Color as Trim and Walls

Painting the ceiling the same color as the trim and walls is our favorite option. Our walls, ceiling, and trim are all painted with Sherwin Williams Creamy. There are actually many benefits to doing this. First, the painter will absolutely love you and maybe will even give you a break. You will not have to worry about cutting in and the paint job will go much faster.

Another reason we love this color combination is because we are always trying to achieve a more clean, elegant look. Using one color on all the walls, trim, and ceiling creates more of a modern open look. Using the same color throughout is also much easier when painting vaulted ceilings. You do not have to guess where to stop the paint.

Painting the Ceiling a Lighter Color Than the Walls

Did you know that painting your ceiling a lighter color than the walls gives the illusion of them being higher. I thought that was interesting even though we normally don’t go this route. Using a lighter color ceiling also takes any attention off of the ceiling focusing it more on the room wall color and furnishings within a room.

This is actually probably one of the most common combinations that many do in their home. Most people even choose basic white for painting a ceiling. Not only is this safe, but it I think many would agree they feel it makes the wall color pop.

Painting the Ceiling Darker Than the Walls

So, obviously if a lighter ceiling makes the room feel higher, then painting them a darker color will make the room seem smaller. This could be a good thing if it’s a very large room and you need the cozy feel. This will also accent any lighter colored trim and crown molding.

Design: Sophie Burke Design

Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself as you are figuring out the right color to paint your ceilings:

Do you already have lots of color going on in the room? If your answer is yes, I would probably stick to a lighter color.

Is your ceiling textured or have visible imperfections? If it is, I would stay away from darker color because it will only enhance this.

Does the room gets lots of natural light? If it doesn’t, keep in mind that a lighter color such as white will reflect more light into the room.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Brooke

    Thanks for the great tips! Would you also stick with the same paint color as your kitchen cabinets? Ours will be white dove but I was not sure if I should do that also through the whole house. Thanks!

    November 4, 2019 at 11:53 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Brooke! So glad you enjoyed the article! Sure, you could do the same on your walls as your cabinetry. This would look great! We will be using one main color throughout our new home, only a couple of rooms will be different and a few accent walls with wallpaper maybe.

      November 11, 2019 at 10:59 pm

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