The ceiling is considered the fifth wall in the room, but is often neglected or completely forgotten during renovations. Many homeowners may not consider the color of the ceiling to be part of the overall color scheme, but the ceiling actually plays a huge role in the comfort of a room. Choosing a light or dark color can make the room feel either larger or smaller. So don’t make the common mistake of underestimating the ceiling color. The following tips and tested color combinations will help you with this. Read on to find out how you can paint your ceiling to add coziness to your living space.
Painting the ceiling: What are the most suitable ceiling colors?
Choosing a ceiling color made easy
Painting the ceiling: Dark ceiling colors
Large rooms with high ceilings often feel unbalanced or cold. Color can help highlight the ceiling and trick the eye into thinking the room is smaller and more intimate. Medium-dark to dark and rich, deep colors such as chocolate brown on the ceiling can warm the room and give it a cozy instead of an impersonal feeling. In a sparsely furnished room, a dark ceiling can become the focal point and distract the eye from the lack of accessories.
Paint the ceiling dark and create a cozy atmosphere
Romantic bathroom with a bright blue ceiling
Painting the ceiling: Light ceiling colors
Small rooms or rooms with low ceilings can feel cramped and stuffy. Light colors on the ceiling can make these rooms feel larger. However, the trick to effectively opening up a small space is to keep the color contrast between the walls and the ceiling as low as possible. For example, a dark blue wall with a white ceiling cannot add to the room. However, light yellow walls with a cream-colored or cream-white ceiling feel light, airy and larger.
Bedroom with blue accents
Paint the ceiling white
White is often used as a ceiling color because it can be easily combined with all color nuances. It reflects the light, illuminates the room and makes it appear larger. The white color also reflects the other colors in the room. For example, if you paint the walls deep red, the ceiling will appear a slightly rosy shade.
Bright and cozy
Paint the walls and ceiling in one color
In rooms where the same colors are used for the ceiling and walls, the ceiling can blend in with the rest of the room. Depending on which colors you choose, this can serve to make the room bigger or smaller. Light ceilings and walls, for example, ensure that a room feels open and airy. While a dark wall and ceiling color like red can be a bit cloudy and intrusive. To add some drama to a monochromatic color scheme, paint the trim a lighter shade. This adds contrast and structure to the room, highlights architectural features and prevents deeper hues from creating a claustrophobic feeling.
Different pink shades in combination are perfect for the girl’s room
Maritime style hallway
A modified version of the monochromatic look is to use different shades of the same color for the walls and ceiling. This creates a softer, more uniform effect instead of a single solid color. This is useful in small rooms with low ceilings. In this way, the eye is not drawn to the low ceiling, as there is not a strong contrast between the wall and the ceiling.
Harmony in blue
Ceiling colors with shiny effects
Ceiling paints are specially made with an ultra-flat sheen to hide imperfections. They offer better coverage because they are thicker than wall paint and are often spatter resistant to make it easier to paint overhead. Metallic, gloss and pearl effects increase the intensity by reflecting light and color. However, such ceiling colors are usually best for a large room with a high ceiling, or a ceiling with few or no imperfections. A shiny or metallic surface in a small room can be too intense and will highlight the imperfections in the ceiling surface.
Soft, calm nuances for the bedroom
So when you are painting your ceiling, keep in mind how big your room actually is. Then decide on a lighter or darker shade and match it with the color of the wall. In this way you create a cozy atmosphere and color harmony will prevail in your living room.
Let your creativity take over your mind and body!
Combine your favorite colors
Think about the visual contrast
Let yourself be further inspired and find the most suitable color for your ceiling!