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Ceiling White – It’s Passé

February 5, 2010

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!

Dennis Frankowski, Interior Designer/IDS

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