Looking to rejuvenate a room in your home but don’t have the budget for a massive remodel? A fresh coat of colorful paint on your ceiling is an excellent way to add warmth or eye-catching flair.
Tips to give your ceiling a paint job that really pops:
1. Make your ceiling your accent wall. If your walls are neutral and you have pops of a bold accent color — like red, turquoise, or orange — consider painting the ceiling in the accent color. It will give the room a whole new look and add much-needed depth and interest to the room. The ceiling color will make your accent accessories stand out even more. This tends to work best in standalone rooms that aren’t open and connected to other rooms. Bedrooms, home offices, studies, playrooms and bathrooms are all good candidates for a ceiling accent wall.
2. Consider sky and clouds for a child’s room or nursery. What could be more relaxing in a child’s room than a soft blue ceiling with billowy, wispy clouds? A sky-colored ceiling can match any type of outdoor decor, whether it’s flowers and butterflies or race cars and trucks. After painting with a soft blue hue, it’s easy to add clouds with a bit of white paint on a sponge. You could even hire a professional painter to create a scenic mural on the wall that extends up to the ceiling.
3. Paint around a hanging object. If you have a striking chandelier or ceiling fan, adding a medallion and then painting the ceiling can offer a stunning look and make it stand out. This looks especially attractive in dining rooms with a center light fixture.
4. Choose colors and shades that will make your walls appear shorter or longer. If your walls are taller than 9 feet, then you can create a more snug, inviting feeling in the room by painting the ceiling a shade or two darker than the walls. Conversely, if your walls are shorter than 9 feet, you can make the room look larger and airier by painting the ceiling in a lighter shade.
5. Use the right kind of paint. Ceiling paint is even flatter than normal flat paint, allowing it to absorb more light and mask existing imperfections. Also, when painting a room, start with the ceiling first. The rule of thumb is to go from top to bottom. Then move on to the walls, doors and trim.