Wednesday, August 11, 2010
10 Tips-Select Ceiling Colors
Look up! Have you forgotten something?
Ceilings represent one-sixth of a room’s space, but far too often they’re forgotten.
Ceilings are either ignored or get nothing more than a coat of white paint. Now, there’s nothing wrong with white ceilings. In fact, for years, white was considered to be the only choice for ceilings; fortunately that rule no longer applies today. If you dare to step outside your color comfort zone, you’ll add drama and excitement to your interiors.
1. Ceilings are typically lighter than the walls, which make the room feel brighter and more spacious.
2. White overhead tends to disappear calling our attention to the furnishings and walls.
3. White ceilings also offset highly saturated wall color, making the walls look crisp. However pure, non-tinted white tend to look too stark and clinical.
4. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change your room’s appearance.
5. Darker ceilings visually lower the space; evoking a cozy intimate interior.
6. Consider a Mono-Chromatic color scheme by painting your ceiling the same color as the walls. Depending on the hue, it could be very southing color scheme. By painting the walls and ceilings the same color, it makes your job easier; you won't have to tape off the molding at the ceiling line.
7. As with the other colors in the room, ceilings need to echo, other elements in order to integrate it into the scheme. Such as cabinetry, carpet, window coverings, furniture, otherwise the room will feel unbalanced.
8. What’s the best white? That depends on the walls. For example, if your walls are green begin by looking at green-tinted whites.
9. Here’s a fail-safe way that a painter taught me years ago. To get the perfect ceiling white that coordinates with the walls, dilute the wall paint with “non-tinted white” in a ratio of about 80 percent white to 20 percent wall color.
10. As with all paint colors, test them. Purchas a couple quarts of paint or tape a few paint chips together, of the same color and live with the test for a couple days; view them in different lighting conditions.
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