Painting is an inexpensive way to change the feeling of space in your home. Homeowners develop central walls, add murals, and paint complex patterns around rooms. Rooms can look great, but there is usually something missing. That’s because these homeowners choose ceiling colors that don’t excite anyone.
If you’d like your home to make a statement, take a look. Instead of that boring flat white ceiling paint, use ceiling paints that accentuate your style.
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 ceiling paint ideas – and a bonus creative option – that will help you find the best ceiling paint or other creative solutions for the most neglected “wall” in your home.
The simplest solution to the butt ceiling dilemma? Choose a color other than white. If your ceilings are lower, a pale shade like sage, peach, or sky blue will pull the eye up and create the illusion of space. On the other hand, higher ceilings can sometimes make a room feel cavernous. A deeper shade like cranberry or aubergine can create a cozy feeling.
In bedrooms, especially in children’s rooms, light colors like turquoise, light green or orange can add fun to the room. Just make sure the color isn’t so light that the little ones stay awake.
Sometimes a room needs more than a colored ceiling on the ceiling. In these cases, dramatic applications of ceiling color schemes can go a long way in adding to the interest of the room. Here are some ideas for using art surfaces on your ceilings:
– Sponge: As the name suggests, use sponges to apply at least two different colors. The technique leaves a soft texture on your ceiling and is ideal in a bedroom or bathroom.
– Crackle Finish: If you’ve ever seen shabby chic furniture, you’ve probably seen a crackle finish in action. Apply a crackling glaze to your varnish paint for an aged look.
– Look made of artificial marble or artificial leather: similar to crackling, you can get a finish made of artificial marble or leather by combining color and special glazes. This treatment looks wonderful in any space that lends itself to comfort, such as a study, family room, or even hallways.
– Textured Tone: For a subtle, textured look, paint the ceiling with the color scheme of your choice. Then add a layer of glaze and before the glaze dries, run a comb evenly through the glaze for a tone-on-tone effect.
Use the ceiling as an accent wall
Just like an accent wall in a neutral room, an accent ceiling in a standout color creates visual interest. Choose your ceiling color to complement carpets or other important elements in the room. This way, the color on the ceiling matches the feel of the rest of the room. Choose the color schemes of your ceiling color to change the mood of a room. A kid’s room can benefit from bold, bright colors, while a bathroom can become a peaceful oasis in your home if you use a calming shade on the ceiling.
Stick with it
Of course, you can always use glue to attach cutouts, tiles, or medallions to your ceiling. If you can handle a scroll saw, you can make your own pieces of wood or buy pre-made ones from a local vendor. Depending on your budget, you may have better luck at flea markets or hardware stores. Get creative and have fun!
Make a metal ceiling – without the metal
If you love the look of pewter or copper ceilings but don’t want to attach those heavy tiles to your ceiling, try a metallic paint instead. You can even use stencils to emulate a tiled look with ease. Almost any room with a metal ceiling looks great. So don’t just try it in the traditional kitchen areas.
Follow a pattern
You’ve seen polka dots, pinstripes, and other simple patterns work well on walls. Well, they look great on the ceiling too. Larger stripes in contrasting colors also look wonderful on the ceiling.
From formal damask to playful modern chevron, patterns on the ceiling offer more visual appeal and expand the style of a room. Try some of your ceiling color ideas together! (If you’re not sure if you want a combination, paint a miniature version of your pattern on a piece of plywood first.)
Go all in with a shade
Do you love lavender Does sky blue calm you down? You may want to paint your walls, ceilings, and baseboards the exact same color. Then use furniture and bedding in contrasting colors or variations of the color you choose, depending on the effect you want to achieve.
Of course, you should think carefully about how much you love a color before committing to living on it in a cocoon. If your favorite color is fuchsia, you may find it harder to live with the constant stimulation than with a pale pink, for example.
Turn arts and crafts on the ear
If you appreciate the classic design of the Arts and Crafts movement, you can use traditional color schemes to your advantage and find the best ceiling color for you. Crafts are based on nature. Instead of using the combination of dark wood paneling and the nature-inspired wall paint of the time, paint the ceilings these colors and use white trim, moldings, and baseboards for a traditional look.
Go to the forest
One way to add warmth to a room is to create a log cabin feel. If you like the rustic look, look for some recycled wood to mount on your ceiling. Not only does the old, recycled wood feel inviting, it also helps the environment by keeping wood out of landfills and protecting new trees from premature harvesting to meet demand.
Be Da Vinci
Ok, maybe you can’t paint well in the Sistine Chapel. You can still use a ceiling mural to make your home stand out. Bring the outdoors inside with a night sky mural featuring metallic stars and swirls in purples and cobalt blue, or brighten a room with a pale blue sky and puffy clouds. For a children’s room, the mood rules the day – paint a fish bowl, a circus tent, a jungle, a safari. Your only limit is your imagination.
Hang Art (Yeah Really)
An emerging trend in decorating is to hang focal pieces such as photos, reclaimed doors, window panes, or other unique elements on the ceiling. Renters love this technique especially for its ease of cleaning – removing a few screws and packing the artwork is all the hassle it takes to move it.
If you have unsightly flaws in your ceiling, a large piece of wood hanging flat from the ceiling as art is a unique way to mask the problems.
Keep in mind that whatever is heavy on your ceiling you need to attach to the studs in the ceiling, just like hanging a heavy painting on a wall post.
Also, pay special attention to electrical wiring and proximity to lights. The warmth of a ceiling light can be deceiving. Err on the side of caution.
Whichever option you choose, facing the ceiling is a good choice to improve the overall look of your home.