Written by John Smith

June 28, 2021


Here at Richmond Painting, we want you to be comfortable with any decision you make. Choosing whether you want to paint your ceiling the same color as your walls or deciding whether to go lighter or darker can sometimes be a difficult decision to make. Here are some pointers to help make your decision an easier one.

Painting your ceiling the same color as your walls:

Painting the ceiling and walls the same color works out best in rooms with a flat texture as opposed to a scalloped one. It also works out best with darker or lighter paint tones as opposed to medium paint tones. Small rooms like bathrooms are ideal for painting the walls and ceiling the same color. In larger rooms, the same color brings more focus to items in the room such as furniture and other decorations. If you have an angled ceiling, the same color simplifies your room.

Painting your ceiling a lighter color than your walls:

Painting your ceiling a lighter color works out well in rooms with low ceilings. It can make a small room feel a bit larger. If you like simplicity or desire a low-contrast look or both, this may be the ideal way to go.

Painting your ceiling a darker color than your walls:

If you have decorative trim, a darker ceiling color can enhance these features. As using a lighter color for the ceiling can appear to expand the walls and make the ceiling seem higher, a darker color on the ceiling can make a room feel more intimate. For rooms with high ceilings, this may be the way to go. If your room has plenty of lighting, especially natural light, you may want to consider painting your ceiling a darker color.

When should you paint your ceiling white?

If your ceiling has many visible imperfections, painting it white may help to mask those imperfections. If your room does not get a lot of natural light, painting it white as opposed to a dark color can make your room appear brighter with artificial light.

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