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Sometimes it’s Okay to Paint Your Ceiling Something Other than White

Awhile back, I was shopping for a new mattress.  The salesperson, in an attempt to break the ice, jokingly asked if I had thought about the color of mattress I’d like.  Needless to say, I had my choice of any color I wanted…as long as it was white.  But mattresses aren’t the mattressonly area of your home that the default color is white.  When you think about it, ceilings are too.  While this makes sense in a lot of cases because white is a timeless color that lightens up a room, there are times when it’s acceptable to change things up.

Child’s Bedroom: A child’s bedroom is a great place to sass up the ceiling with a collage that plays into the theme of the rest of the room.  Popular ideas include clouds, stars and faux-clouds-with-rabbit-shaseascapes.  Another option is to pick a bold color for the walls and complementing bold color for the ceilings in order to add contrast.

Around Millwork: If you’ve got some breathtaking millwork on your ceilings, painting around it, can accentuate it even more.  You can choose to color match it or select a contrasting color for an added effect.

Unifying a Room: If you find yourself with low ceilings or an odd shape, painting the ceiling the same color as the walls, or a slightly lighter shade can work well.  Why?  Doing so persuades your eyes into thinking the room is taller and more evenly shaped than it is because there is no or minimal break in color.

Lowering a Room: In theory, a high ceiling is a good thing.  However at times, it can make a room feel uninviting because while the bottom half of the room is occupied with ceiling-17furniture and accessories, the top half of the room appears bare.  A way to combat this is to change the ceiling’s color to black which will make the ceiling appear lower than it is.  You can also bring the ceiling color down about a foot onto the walls if they are white.

Masking Ductwork: It’s not uncommon for ductwork in basement ceilings to be exposed.  In lieu of installing a false ceiling which will make the room feel smaller, opt to paint the ceiling and ductwork a dark color which will deflect attention away from it.

You Have Wall to Wall Windows:  When a room is wall to wall windows, the ceiling can be the only place to add a splash of color.  Take note that cool hues make a ceiling bedroomappear taller, while warm hues make it appear lower.  Dark colors add drama, while lighter ones reflect light.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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