Often referred to as the fifth wall, ceilings have taken on a whole new level of design possibilities lately. From coffers and beams to lighting and color possibilities, design-conscious homeowners are adding a special touch to certain rooms by paying special attention to the ceiling. Painting a ceiling is, like painting anything, the easiest and least expensive way of transforming it into something striking and beautiful. There are, however some aspects of painting a ceiling that should be adhered to in order to avoid design mistakes that will be glaringly obvious. At M&E Painting, the expert residential painting company in Northern Colorado, we often get requests for painted ceilings and our advice regarding them. The following are guidelines that we try to adhere to in regards to the fifth wall.
- If you have wallpaper in the room, try to match the ceiling to a color in the background of the paper.
- Unless you have very high ceilings do not paint them a darker color than the walls. It will appear as if its coming down on you.
- Don’t paint the ceiling in one room a color and leave the rest of them white. It will disrupt your home’s flow.
- If you have a lot of white in a room, leave the ceiling white too.
- In bathrooms, paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. For other rooms, go with a lighter shade of the same color for the continuity you are looking for.
- Dark colors can work beautifully within coffers and beams. Again, make sure that you’re not dealing with low ceilings.