Last weekend Ted and I painted the den ceiling. As a Decorator for Sherwin Williams, clients often ask me about their ceilings — should they paint them at all or… are they “allowed” to paint the ceiling another color than white. I say, “Don’t ask permission … just do it!” How to pick the color?
For 8 – foot ceilings, choose the lightest color at the top of the paint swatch. The ceiling still looks light, but when the wall color is right for the complexion of the room, a tinted ceiling helps to make the room warm, inviting and … finished.
For higher ceilings AND if you have a lot of natural light consider painting your ceiling a darker color. I have a client with a 12-15 foot ceiling in her kitchen. The kitchen will be primarily black and white. The star? A Ferrari Red stove. To pull red into the rest of the room, the ceiling will be painted the same color as the stove. This will bring the ceiling down to a more human level to cozy up the room and look very intentional so the red stove won’t look so lonesome.
Ceiling Painting Tips:
- Use a paint specifically formulated for ceilings such as Brilliance. This paint is self-priming, is a one-coat hide, and low spatter (if you don’t you’ll wish you wore a hat — ask me how I know).
- Paint with a buddy, one person cuts around the perimeter while the other rolls the center. Ted used the edging pad (a little tool that has a flat pad and rollers on one side so you don’t get paint on the adjoining wall) and painted the paint on the pad with a brush, then smoothed the paint on the ceiling with the pad.
- Don’t worry when you see the paint lines. Once it’s dry your painted ceiling will look great.
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