Growing up, my parents chose to paint the ceilings in all of our rooms white. I think that was the trend in the 90s and early 2000s. It was easy, made the wall color stand out, and dust was not as noticeable. My parents also painted our living room about 5 different colors when I lived there. Paint is a great way to change the style of a room, without spending a ton of money.
It wasn’t until my husband and I moved into our former home, that the previous homeowner loved color. When we moved into the house, the previous owner left 64 cans of paint.
The previous homeowner had eclectic taste in terms of paint colors...
- Hot pink and lime green wall paper on the primary bedroom ceiling
- Magenta ceiling with purple walls in the dining room
- Mint green walls, mustard yellow bathroom, lilac grey purple walls
Honestly, we loved the house so much that the interior colors didn’t even bother us. We talked many times about what we ultimately wanted to paint our home. But then, we found another home we wanted instead. So naturally, Travis and I started looking at Pinterest for inspirations.
Choosing to Paint Your Celing? This is what your room will look like if...
Same Color as the Walls
Dark Color will created a more intimate look
Lighter Color will create a roomier feel
Darker or Lighter Color will unify the room and bring more attention to furniture, art, and lighting.
Painting all the same color will simplify the shape.
Dark Color will create a more intimate look
Lighter Color will create a more open look
Ceiling Lighter than Wall Color
- Try mixing 80% white paint with 20% wall color.
- Want more color but a lighter shade have your painter mix
- 75% white/ 25% wall color
- 50% white/ 50% wall color
- 25% white/ 75% wall color
- Then paint a sample on your ceiling.
- This can create more ceiling height, and accent will blend in more as opposed to stand out.
Ceiling Darker than Wall Color
Gives an opportunity to show off crown molding and light fixtures.
Opportunity to have fun with paint, especially if you have white walls.
Travis and I have decided to paint the ceiling the same color as the wall (for now) on our new home. We are going to have our painter mix up the different formulas of wall paint vs white paint just to double check. Maybe it is because we want to be different. Maybe it is because we love color. But at the end of the day, it is just paint. Paint trends change, and as long as you are happy, that is the most important part.