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It’s no wonder designers call the ceiling the “fifth wall” to note its importance when choosing a color palette for a room. After all, the ceiling is probably the largest expanse of uninterrupted space in a room, so its color greatly impacts the room’s ambience.
The next time you’re ready to refresh the look of a room and don’t know where to begin—look up! Adding color to your ceiling requires no more time or effort than painting it white, yet this simple act can completely transform the look and feel of a room.
Here are a few ceiling color tips to help you create a more beautiful room:
A New Altitude
A large room with a high ceiling can feel impersonal or unbalanced when furnishings, floor coverings, and accessories visually occupy the bottom half of the space, leaving the top portion looking bare and boring.
In a room like this, experiment with a ceiling color in a deeper shade or apply a pattern. In this example, we used color to create an architectural feature. To create this faux cove ceiling, we used midsummer night (2134-20), a rich cocoa color, surrounded by creamy frappe (AF-85) to produce the recessed look.
A decorative ceiling medallion and chandelier create an interesting focal point in the center of the ceiling and contribute to the formal yet warm feel of the room.
Make Your “Accent Wall” the Ceiling
Neutrals are the perfect transitional colors. Carried from room to room, they create harmonious color flow throughout the home. In rooms with neutral-colored walls, an unexpected pop of color on the ceiling adds interest and personality, and can really turn up the charm.
For ceiling color ideas, look to the furnishings and other room elements for inspiration and choose a color that complements them.
In this home office, the creative use of color on the ceiling brings the eye up and creates a vibrant focal point. Cheerful persimmon (2088-40) envelopes this otherwise neutral space with rich, warm color without overwhelming it. It beautifully complements the light walls.
Above and Beyond
Higher ceilings cry out for creative treatments. They can handle bold colors and designs, even in smaller rooms.
In this room, neutral walls, a high ceiling, and spare furnishings present a blank canvas for a dramatic design element.
We picked up the accent colors seen in the bedding, pillows, and chair to create a strong graphic that maximizes the vertical space and balances the other elements in the room. The wide stripe extends the headboard up the wall and onto the ceiling, drawing the eye upward.
The stenciled designs painted in cherry wine (2080-30) and frostine (AF-5) dance on a background of chocolaty brown sugar (2112-20).
Taking Style to New Heights
In this dining room, long, slim windows and generously proportioned crown molding work to lower the tray ceiling. Too much color or a busy pattern on the ceiling would make the room feel closed-in.
This calming blue pairs well with the light-colored furnishings, floor covering, and curtains.
By contrast, soothing wythe blue (HC-143) on the ceiling creates the light, airy feeling of a springtime sky and seems to lift the entire room. Subtle and sophisticated, it complements the traditional dark wall color and softens the room’s overall formality.
Get this elegant look by painting the walls sharkskin (2139-30) and the trim battenberg (AF-70). The stencil design was done in fresh olive (2149-30).
Things Are Looking Up
To provide a pop of contrast and a visual “break,” we’ve painted the ceiling in warm farm fresh (AF-360). Its subtle orange tone adds an overall glow to the room. This hue complements a wide range of other colors, making it a perfect choice to repeat throughout your home.
When working with a tone-on-tone color palette, use texture and patterns in your décor to create visual interest.
Warm, organic colors on both the walls and ceiling create a cozy yet elegant look in this modern bedroom.
The walls are painted in stardust (2108-40), a deep, warm, sophisticated taupe. Pairing this color with tone-on-tone furnishings and accessories in soft, muted hues creates an almost monochromatic color scheme.
This modern home features an unconventional mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings. Along with the large-scale design pieces, there’s a lot to look at in this eclectic decorating scheme.
This room provides the perfect example of how to add a bit of drama while maintaining a neutral color scheme.
The walls are painted in sand lot gray (2107-50), a warm neutral with a rosy undertone, to provide a non-competing backdrop for the room’s furniture and design elements.
A darker tone of gray on the high ceiling brings the eye down, allowing the room’s architectural details and other elements to take center stage. We chose rich, classic chelsea gray (HC-168) to give this ceiling a touch of glamour.