We love the classic white ceiling, but an unexpected ceiling paint colour can enhance the character of your room in a refreshing, charismatic way.
While there is no single reply to “what colour should I paint my ceiling,” your quest for the just-right ceiling paint colour is about to get easier. Start with knowing that ceiling imperfections are common, and that you can easily secure a virtually flawless ceiling—in any colour—with ultra-flat Waterborne Ceiling Paint.
Time-Tested & True: White Ceiling Paint
For any room, all-white or off-white paint colour is always a fresh and clean choice. Conversely, vibrant wall colours are beautifully set off by white ceilings.
A lighter paint colour above eye level can help to visually raise the ceiling.
In any size of room, painting the ceiling with a lighter shade—often a lighter variant of the wall colour—is a clever design choice. This approach provides subtle contrast and adds depth to the space, while maintaining the unity of existing colours.
You may also want to consider a light contrasting colour, which also draws the eye upwards while maintaining an overall open, airy look, as seen here. Not only does Powder Pink 2009-70 heighten this space, it adds a playful touch to an otherwise formal room.
Celebrate Celestial Ceilings
Reminiscent of open skies and serene, tranquil environments, a blue ceiling is a long-standing design tradition and a homeowner favourite.
Here, a bathroom ceiling in Buxton Blue HC-149 exudes a spa-like vibe. In general, powder rooms and bathrooms are fun rooms to experiment with when it comes to more adventurous ceiling paint colours.
The Case for the Dark Ceiling
A darker ceiling can be a great design feature and push the “wow factor” of any room.
Rich navy blue or a deep black blur the boundaries of a room, making it look endless yet intimate; this elegant dining room puts this theory to the test. Its richly painted ceiling in Black Ink 2127-20 helps to create an elegant enclave.
If you want to go with a darker colour on your ceiling, consider a paint colour that is two to three shades darker on your ceiling than your walls. Rooms with dark ceilings feel cozy and comfortable, making any room a welcoming respite.
Highlight Architectural Detail
A beautifully painted ceiling attracts attention to architectural features like crown moldings and tray or vaulted ceilings.
Consider a subtle, yet creative use of two colours for your room’s ceiling. Here, the wood-panelled ceiling in Baby’s Breath OC-62 draws the eye upward, taking full advantage of the recessed ceiling’s additional height in this hushed bedroom. The neutral painted walls add to this lengthening effect, with Silver Fox 2108-50 extending up to the ceiling itself.
Painting Ceilings and Walls the Same Colour
A monochromatic wall and ceiling combination—especially in a deeper hue—evokes a warm, cozy vibe.
If you move forward with an all-one-colour look, consider Waterborne Ceiling Paint. Benjamin Moore’s most flat paint, this ceiling-specific paint creates subtle design interest against a higher sheen wall, as seen here in Copley Gray HC-104.
Find the Perfect Paint Colour for Your Ceiling
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