Q. What color do I paint my ceiling? I’m about to paint my walls Benjamin Moore’s ‘Revere Pewter’. Should I just do white paint? -Linda
A. Great Wall choice. I like that color a lot. There is actually a very simple solution to this but it troubles many. The basic idea is to do a lighter color so that the ceiling appears to be taller and makes the room feel bigger.
This has been a popular solution for decades and is still the most common choice. You can choose some whites that are on the warmer or cooler side, depending on your paint color. ‘Revere Pewter’ for example is warm, so I’d choose a warmer white.
A bonus to using white, is that it makes your walls pop and they become much more of a focal point. Plus, you can always repaint your walls and never have to worry about the ceiling.
Another great thing about choosing white is that it makes the ceilings feel much higher. So overall it provides the feeling of space that we are all searching for in a room.
If you are doing a darker value for your walls, then you can choose the lightest value possible of that tone. So the two colors appear to be related but one is clearly just darker than the other. Basically just go and get one of those paint swatch strips, and choose the lightest shade on the strip.
So with ‘Revere Pewter’ you could use something like ‘Distant Gray’.
It’s a more refined look to choose a lighter shade of paint for the ceilings. White can be so sterile against such nice paint colors, and so choosing a lighter shade make the room look much more thought out. It’s just another one of those little things that affect the overall space in such a big way.
I would only ever use a darker color if you have a very large room with high ceilings, and the ceiling has a unique look. Something like an exposed or vaulted ceiling could be nice. Darker paint is very trendy right now for walls, but when used on ceilings it really needs to be done cautiously. Try not to go too much darker.
If you have beams on your ceiling, it’s always nice to paint these darker and use a much lighter shade on your actual ceiling. This way the beams stand out against the ceiling itself. It’s quite dramatic, so it could be just what you need.
Now if it really is drama you want, you’ve got it with a bold ceiling choice. Change up the color completely. Try to get something outside of the box. This can be scary, so only do it if you’re ready for a big impact.
This is usually paired with a very neutral tone on the walls to balance it out.
Make sure you have a large room and or high ceilings. Again, this can make your space shrink dramatically, and this is a bad thing.
Choosing a Finish
Flat is always best. You see no light reflect off of it, and then causes you to barely notice it.
If you are using a darker color I’d do a satin or eggshell finish. Just so that it does reflect light and softens the color a bit.
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