Does painting the ceiling a color other than white freak you out a little bit? If it does, that’s okay – it probably should. It’s a great way to add some unexpected oomph and joy to a room. If you choose the correct room, it can really pull together your look and add some delight to the space. The key is to choose one room to try this in – too much of this in a home and it can get too decorator-y if you know what I mean. In general, look for a room that has high ceilings as the color will lower them visually. To keep it modern and fresh – try leaving the walls white and just paint the ceiling a color. Here are 4 rooms in a home that can handle a painted ceiling easily.
Children’s rooms: A child’s room or nursery is a perfect room to add some color up top. Keep the walls neutral and choose something bold and playful or something delicate and airy – just go for it! I love this unusual and retro color scheme for a nursery. It’s bright, friendly, gender neutral and manages some sophistication! (Source)
2. Entries: This is my favorite place to use a colored ceiling. It’s a transition space that can always handle more drama than the rest of the home. I’m thinking about painting my entry ceiling a coral/red to add some drama to the all white space (hence this post).
3. Hallways: Hallways are another transition space that are usually up for some dramatic impact. Hallways tend to be a bit boring and repetitious – painting the ceiling is an quick way to make the passageway more interesting.
4. Bathrooms: Powder rooms and bathrooms are the other room in your home that can usually handle a color on the ceiling. However, if your ceilings are low, I would shy away from using something other than white just so you don’t get the ceiling color reflected on your face.
Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling? – M.C. Escher
I absolutely had to include this Paul Simon song: One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
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