Be gone standard white! The ceiling is now considered such an important element in a space that it is often referred to as the fifth wall in decorating. Painting or adding a design element to a ceiling can really change a space from ho-hum to awe-inspiring, but the best news is that decorating a ceiling is a very budget-friendly way to freshen a space.
Ceiling Painting Tip! Try dark colors like charcoal grays, navy hues, or chocolate-brown shades on rooms with white walls to create a dramatic, contrasted look. A flat black can also be timeless when you have exposed ceilings.
When you paint your ceiling a lighter color, it can make the walls of the room feel higher and your space look larger. The standard technique of painting ceilings lighter than walls is to whiten your wall paint with a ratio of 80 percent white paint to 20 percent color. This painting technique is perfect for opening up small spaces or making rooms with lower ceilings seem roomier. You may be well-suited to paint your ceiling a lighter color than the walls if:
Cool colors tend to recede into space while warm colors often make something appear closer, so consider this when choosing your ceiling paint colors.