Best Colors for the Ceiling
When it comes time to hire a top residential painter, most people assume one of two things; one you have to paint the ceiling white or two you have to paint the ceiling whatever color the walls are painted. This is actually very untrue. Many people also believe that a white ceiling will make a room look and feel bigger, which is also not true. It might make a room feel brighter, especially if it’s stark white, but there are many other colors that will make a room seem even bigger than a plain old white one could. One of the biggest things you have to remember when it comes time to painting a ceiling is that you use proper lighting. It doesn’t matter if you use red, white, orange or green for a ceiling, if you don’t have proper or enough lighting; the room is going to look small and crowded. Be sure to use lots of lighting by way of natural light or artificial – or both if you have that luxury! Below are a few room examples, along with a few color examples of options to use in order to make the most out of your room.
Hight Of a Ceiling
It’s not too often that a person owns a home and says “Man, I wish my ceilings were lower”, it’s always “Man, I wish my ceilings were higher.” But if you do happen to have a ceiling that is too high and you want to create a room that is much more cozy and intimate, you could try bringing the ceiling down – leave your hammers and pick axes in the garage though. Instead, what you can do is paint the ceiling and then paint down the wall about a foot or so, to create a 3d like image that makes the ceiling look lower than it really is. For this specific trick, you want to use a color that is bright and bold like red, pink, or even orange. Essentially it creates a box like look, but it fools your eyes into thinking the ceiling is just lower. For a really vivid and bold color try Orchid Rose S-G-110, Behr, it’s a hot pink color, but deep, not neon!
Lots of Wall to Floor Windows
If you have a room, such as a kitchen, with a lot of wall to floor windows, you are probably thinking you can’t use too much paint in the room. But, as long as you have a ceiling you can still bring color into the room. Instead of using something bold and bright like the option above, try a hue that will add some brightness, but still be relaxing. Some colors to try are muted yellows, oranges and reds. If you like a yellow color but you can’t find one that is muted enough, consider checking out Chickadee 3002-1B, Valspar. To create even more beauty, think about adding an interesting chandelier piece made from recycled aluminum and glass to really bring your sight upward to the ceiling. The yellow Chickadee 3002-1B, Valspar also looks great in the darker hours, as well as the sunlit hours too.
If you have a cool slanted wall under your steps going upstairs and white seems way to stark, try a bolder color. You’d be surprised at how interesting that wall or accent is going to get! This is also a cool way to “hide” different things around it that you don’t want to bring attention to such as vents – paint the vents the same color as the architectural wall and you can easily hide it. One color to consider for a different look? Cancun Gold AC204-5, Kelly-Moore. This has an almost greenish gold color to it, very different from anything else you have seen, I guarantee it. If you don’t like the hue, but you want something close, consider asking a residential painter in Northern VA for some advice on other color options to use.
Bathroom Window Looking Outdoors
If you have a big beautiful window that looks outdoors, you probably feel pretty lucky. Unfortunately, sometimes nature can get in the way with trees or other flora. If you have a window that looks out to a tree or other greenery, consider bringing the outdoors indoors by painting your ceiling… blue. The blue I’m about to recommend is really beautiful and unlike any other hue you have probably looked into. This blue has a very outdoorsy, serene and relaxing feel to it, but it looks awesome indoors as a ceiling color. The blue is called Denim Day 029-4, Mythic Paint; it does have a blue sky, blue jean look to it. Definitely not something you will get sick of any time soon. But, just in case blue isn’t your color you can try another nature color such as Springtime SW6708, Sherwin-William, it’s a nice green color, but it goes really well with areas that have a lot of natural light.