When it’s time to paint the ceiling, many opt for white. Indeed, we often hear, incorrectly, that all ceilings must be white to avoid giving the impression of crushing the room. This theory is not entirely fair. The ceiling can, such as walls, painted in color. There are some rules to follow.

Ceiling light colored or dark?

The color changes our perception of the volume of a room. To lower a ceiling too high, just paint it a dark color. It gives the impression that the ceiling is closer to the ground, like dark walls that give the impression of being closer to each other. So paint a ceiling with a darker, warmer will lower it visually and provide a more intimate atmosphere. If the ceiling seems too low, paint it a lighter color and colder than the walls. You will create an illusion of height. The effect of raising or lowering a ceiling based on the hot-cold contrasts, chiaroscuro, and the finish used.

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Is it better to use white or a color to paint a ceiling? There is unfortunately no universal answer to this question. The area of the room facilitates the choice of color. For very small pieces, it is preferable to promote a colored ceiling so as not to artificially increase the ceiling height (tunneling). However, in larger rooms, the white will not give the impression that the sky falls on your head! For smaller spaces, it is advisable to paint the walls and ceiling the same color, without geometric effect. This underlines the belief that a white ceiling creates the impression of a room higher. Better to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls to avoid the crushing effect, for example in the basement whose ceiling height is less than eight feet.

What finish to use?

The gloss and semi-gloss are used for bathrooms. The Velvet Finish (eggshell) for the walls of the house where we live and matte finishes for ceilings of these rooms are good choices. Of course, these are general rules to which you can depart. But before you jump in painting, consider the consequences. Imagine a bright ceiling in a room on the ground floor, overlooking a busy street … Hum!