Too often the fifth wall in the room – namely the ceiling – is underrated enough to be ignored during house renovations and redesigns. Many interior designers noticed that the rooms’ ceilings get overlooked by almost all owners and, in the best case scenario, they receive a white finishing or the same color as the rest of the walls. Just as the specialists say,
White and off-white have been the default choices for ceilings for so long that most homeowners never give them a second thought. That’s starting to change. To paraphrase a number of color experts, when you view a ceiling as a permanently blank canvas, you overlook an opportunity. Whether potent or subtle, a dose of color can alter the geometry of a room, changing the feeling of the space as it tricks the eye.
But how can we change entirely the looks of a room by focusing on the ceiling? Today we will take a look over ceiling painting ideas to give your home a new look with a decent amount of effort and a reasonable budget. We will emphasize on the most trendy colors and combinations, unique designs and patterns in order to challenge your imagination enough to look up at your ceiling and start a revamping project.
1. Turn the ceiling into the most dramatic spot of the room
Simply put, while painting the walls of the room in light, neutral colors and shades, focus on the ceiling as the accent wall of the room, giving it a powerful, deep, statement – like color that makes a great contrast with the rest of the walls and gives the entire place a feeling of deep space. Now regarding the colors to choose in order to turn the ceiling into the room’s accent wall, some considerations need to be made.
First and foremost, before getting to shop for paint you need to decide upon the final outcome and playing with dark versus light colors may lead to different results: for instance, a light colored ceiling in contrast with light colored walls can give the entire room a spacious atmosphere, one of relaxation, comfort and peace, especially if you use pastel, natural colors such as shades of light beige, pink, light blue. However, if you paint the ceiling in a stronger, deeper color as shown in the picture above, the room won’t get a claustrophobic feeling to it (as the walls are painted in very light nuances and even white), but will give you the sensation of intimacy and majesty.
Looking at the same perspective, but from an upside down angle, you can enlarge a room, visually speaking, by painting the ceiling in a very light shade that is definitely contrasting with the strong wall colors. This is usually an interior design trick used for small rooms in order to make them look taller and more spacious.
Turning the ceiling into the accent wall of a room also is a good idea in large rooms filled with accessories, furniture, decor elements (and even wall paint and flooring) which “steal the eye”. In this case, a dull ceiling may turn the whole space into an impersonal showroom for your furnishings and floor decorations, this is why a stronger color in similar nuances as the walls and even a contrasting color can balance the room visually.
2. Dress the ceiling up in more than just colors
There are some great ceiling painting ideas embraced by modern designers, such as the use of trendy colors that make the interest of contemporary architects (with the favorites being Sky blue, Pale peach, Butter yellow, Blush pink or Warm tan), but it’s not only color that can be applied to a ceiling. First, you can use a glaze over the paint for dark ceilings to soften the lowering effect such ceiling can produce over the room, but it can get even better than this: you can use metallic and pearlescent glaze effects and add applications and decorations for a more sophisticated look.
Usually, using textured paint is one of the easiest methods to change completely the look of a ceiling in order to give it personality and the importance it deserves. There are a lot of decorative painting techniques that go beyond walls and can be successfully applied to ceilings in order to make them look friendly and welcoming.
But color is not only obtained through paints, but also through other techniques. Wood paneling for instance can turn a room into a true sanctuary of class, style and comfort, while the simple adding of colored light spots in key areas of the ceiling may be enough to completely change the look of a room with little effort. If you have a large, tall room and are willing to invest some money and some effort in decorating it, you can opt for painting ceiling patterns, use marmoreal paints and shades to transform the ceiling into an work of art or using ceiling specialty plasters to give the ceiling color, dimension and texture in the same time.
Another great idea in turning the room into your favorite place in the house by only vamping the ceiling is to use crown molding in order to clearly separate the walls from the ceiling, especially in large rooms with high ceilings that can make you feel a bit lost. By contrast, you can turn a smaller room into a spacious one only by creating the illusion of depth with the help of crown molding and soft light paints, as shown in the picture below.
3. Graphic – design the entire room
When designing or redecorating a room, many people make the mistake of treating the ceiling and the walls, together with the furnishings, furniture pieces, accessories and decorations as completely separate elements that need individual treatment. And if you come to think about it, it is the easiest thing to do, as a fully white painted room for instance allows almost any type of furniture combinations or added decorations in any colors and any patterns. But this is not what modern designers have in mind when they talk about room unity and graphic design. So how about treating the entire room as a whole entity that needs revamping from floor to ceiling, without ignoring the fifth wall and adding some interesting elements to it?
One of the first things you can do, easily and with little investment, is to match the ceiling with decorative elements inside the room. The picture below is a good example of the unitary principle, as the ceiling and walls color and patterns are the same, while they beautifully match the carpet for a feeling of completeness and coziness. It’s not mandatory to go to such full length, however, as sometimes is enough to match a soft ceiling color with the covers on the bed, the couch or the decorative soft pillows on the floor.
Another way to envelop the room in a feeling of comfort is to give the room a polished look. According to specialists,
One of the fastest, easiest ways to give a space a sophisticated look is to unite the ceiling and walls with a single color set off by crisp white trim. “If the color on the wall seems too saturated, then look at it on the paint strip and go up one or two colors to find a lighter one for the ceiling,” says Dee Schlotter, a color expert at PPG Pittsburgh Paints. “It will still provide a more finished look than the usual flat white.”
And still, there are even more daring decorations and ceiling painting ideas that follow the same unity principles and some of these can turn the room in a work of art. The easier way is to paint a wall and the ceiling in the same color, a strong one that will highlight special decorations, furbishing and furniture elements you want to be the key – features of the room, but make sure you don’t over saturate the room, making it look small and feel claustrophobic.
The proverbial red wall is a great idea when the space is generous enough to let you play with decorations and accessories. However, how about not painting the whole wall and the whole ceiling in the same color, but adorn them with a decorative wide – stripe that focuses the sight over the wall and takes it up to the ceiling? The picture below is a great example that great things can be achieved with small efforts. That stenciled wide stripe in contrasting colors compared to the walls and going up from down to up in a linear, straightforward way maximizes the vertical feel of the room and gives it balance. As you can see the colors match the other elements in the room, also contributing to its overall unity.
These ceiling painting ideas and ceiling design suggestions are just a handful, in comparison with all it’s out there in terms of modern designs, blends between the traditional perspective and the contemporary one and so on. Technology didn’t overlook the interior design industry and offered it a myriad of new and enhanced materials, techniques and methods to not only ease our lives, but to turn our homes into incredible places of beauty and comfort.