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What colour should I paint the ceiling? 

The most obvious answer for ceiling colour is white, but does every ceiling have to be white. Can you not paint the ceiling in other colours, or add a texture finish?

 

Look closely at the rooms above and below. Do you notice how the ceiling seems to visually drop down, making the room seem lower and more cosy? By painting the ceiling in a darker colour these high-ceilinged rooms have been visually altered so that the ceiling appears lower than it actually is.

In the room above, the ceiling is painted in the same colour as the walls, with the opposite effect of the first room - the ceiling appears to float above the room, creating a sense of height and spaciousness. This is one room where you spend a lot of time looking at the ceiling, so why not paint it ! Consider painting the ceiling in a tint of the wall colour. For example: If your walls are a light or pale blue, then your ceiling would be the very lightest blue on the colour swatch or even lighter. This will help to round out the room and make the ceiling part of the overall decor — not just a white sheet over the top.

The colour that you choose for a ceiling is affected not only by the natural and artificial light in a room, but also by other colours used in the space. When choosing a colour for the ceiling do the same as you would for the walls; select paint swatches and attach them to various corners of your ceiling. As the light and shadows play on your samples, you will soon see how this affect the various swatches and will help you to choose the best one for the ceiling in that room. In a dark or south-facing room, a white ceiling will help bounce light back into the room, but light colours on the ceiling will have the same effect.

Wall colours have become more adventurous over the years, moving away from the uninspiring standard white emulsion to a rainbow of colours. This move has brought about more interest in the '5th" wall - the ceiling. White is rarely the best colour to use, particularly if bold wall tones are injected into your living area.

We already know that a white ceiling is a good paint colour for any room, but in this room a white ceiling would look ridiculous. In a room with dark, solid colour, the alternative is to select a colour that is lighter than the wall colour so that the room does not feel claustrophic. Just by looking at the room your eye is immediately drawn upwards to the ceiling, giving the room an illusion of more height and less closed-in.

So the answer is "Yes".

You can paint a ceiling in other colours, unless the ceiling is heavily textured or patterned and therefore very difficult to paint well. In this case, painting it anything other than white will call attention to it and maybe that’s not what you want. 

As for paint techniques and textured ceilings... If the right colours and textures are used there is no reason why you cannot apply to a ceiling. Applying a paint technique to the ceiling can unify a room by bringing together elements in the space. In the room below the silver ceiling plays a role in reflecting light and has an integral role in the overall ambience.

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