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31 Dec 2012

The most obvious colour for a ceiling is white, but not every ceiling has to be the same dull colour. Why not paint the ceiling in other bold colours or add a texture finish?

Painting the ceiling a bold colour can make it drop down visually, which makes the room seem smaller, lower and cosier.

Painting the ceiling a bold colour makes it drop down visually, which makes the room seem lower and cosier. 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 a room with very high ceilings, if you want to visually lower the ceiling consider painting the ceiling in a colour darker than that of the wall colour. Adding decorative moulding will also visually lower the ceiling by drawing your eye to the detail.

You can also choose to paint the ceiling in the same colour as the walls, which will create the opposite effect to the one mentioned above. The ceiling will appear to float above the room, creating a sense of height and spaciousness. If it is a room where you spend a lot of time looking at the ceiling, so why not paint it and make things interesting.

Remember to incorporate the furniture in the room when choosing the colour you want to paint your ceiling, as certain colours will help make the furniture pop.

Tip: While you can choose any colour on your ceiling, keep in mind that dark colours make the ceiling lower, while light tones allow the ceiling to hover effortlessly above.

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. This will help to round out the room and make the ceiling part of the overall decor and not just a white sheet over the top.

The colour 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 affects 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 standard white 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.

You can opt to paint the room all the same colour but mix things up by painting the ceiling the lightest shade of the colour or the darkest shade, to give the room a bold look.

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.

You can paint a ceiling in a variety of 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.

A nice contrast in a plain white room is to select an accent colour and apply this colour to the ceiling. It is not recommended for a low ceiling, as the effect is dramatic.

As for paint techniques and textured ceilings, if the right colours and textures are used there is no reason why you cannot apply it to a ceiling. Applying a paint technique can unify a room by bringing together the elements in the space.

Black walls and a satin black ceiling allow everything else in the room to stand out. By painting the walls and ceiling in the same colour, depending on whether the colour is dark or light, the ceiling becomes part of the background of the room. Other items in the room such as the furniture or accessories will draw the eye and be more visually apparent.

If painting seems like too much work, think about adding wallpaper to the ceiling. The eye-catching ceiling detail really adds more effect to this country kitchen. A word of advice, make sure you apply the wallpaper paste over the entire paper and particularly the edges. The last thing you want is wallpaper peeling off the ceiling.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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