Ceiling White – It’s Passé
As I passed through the paint aisle at a local home center store the other day, I noticed white flat-finish paint with the label “ceiling white” on sale. I thought to myself, Why do so many people think ceilings have to be white? Where did this concept of white ceilings start? One possible reason I can think of for the marketing of “ceiling white” was the sure-fire maximizing of light in a room no matter what color the walls. When it’s a no-brainer to pick white for a ceiling, it’s one less color decision to be made. But contrary to popular belief, white does not go with everything. Why add confusion to your color palette?
Consider this: Treat your ceiling as if it is another wall. If you don’t want to notice it, paint it the same color as the walls. If you want a light and airy feel, paint it two to three shades lighter than the walls. If you want a dramatic effect, try a darker color for a rich look. Take it a step further and add a soft faux finish.
But, give your ceilings the same love and attention as you do the walls…and, please, anything but white!