Look Up! The Best Colors for Your Ceiling

How to Choose the Right Color to Paint Your Ceiling

Ceiling Before and After

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Is the last thing you see when you fall asleep something that nightmares are made of? Your popcorn or outdated ceiling may haunt you as you sleep and believe us, we don’t care for them either. It’s time to turn your ugly fifth wall into something you’ll look forward to looking up to (literally) at the end of the day. Here are some tips to help you choose the best color for your ceiling to create a space you’ll love.

Step 1: Understand Your Room

Define Your Ceiling Style

In New Orleans, painting your porch ceiling blue is believed to ward off bees and even evil spirits. Lucky for us, we don’t have to think about keeping evil out of your home—unless it’s popcorn ceilings of course. Before you even think about color, it’s important to take a look at your ceiling. The style of your home will affect what color you pick. For example, a simple room with beige colors and high flat ceilings will look small and maybe even claustrophobic if you choose a dark paint color.

Decorative ceilings, on the other hand, give you a little more room to play with. Their depth allows you to play with colors and shades to better suit your room’s aesthetic.

Framed ceilings mean you can use complementing colors. The inside of the frame can be one color, whereas the outside of the frame can help define the inner color.

Determine the Amount of Light In Your Room

Lighting in Kitchen

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It’s also important to really look at the amount of light in a room. Better Homes & Gardens suggests that, as with wall colors, consider the source and strength of light the room receives during the time you’re most often using it. Bright daylight bouncing off a blush pink or sky blue ceiling creates an airy feeling; candlelight and lamplight reflecting on tomato red produce a rich glow.

Now that you know what kind of ceiling you have and the number of colors to look for, let’s go shopping.

Step 2: Look Up

Before you even choose a color, Decorating by Donna offers an easy tip: Take the paint color chip that you are considering for a ceiling color and lift it way up over your head. Your paint chip should be color side down and you should be looking up at it.

Step 3: Choose a Color 

This is the fun part! Following the first two steps will make this part easy, too. Now that you know your room style and how much light it gets, here are some colors to consider:

White Ceilings

White Ceilings

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The ceiling in the above photo used to be a dark color. By painting it white, we helped to dramatically change the perception of space in a small room. White ceilings are perfect if you have:

  • Very little natural sunlight
  • Deep or bold wall colors
  • Lavish furnishings (white keeps the focus on your décor)
  • A small space and want to open it up

Bold Color Ceilings

Colorful or dark painted ceilings are great if you have:

  • Dramatic ceiling styles (framed or tapered)
  • Crown molding that you would like to show off
  • A space with lots of angles to create different spaces

The Same Color from Floor to Ceiling

You can create a seamless space by painting your ceiling the same color as your walls. This is a great option for:

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Ceilings with a lot of angles

Find inspiration for your space by browsing our Pinterest. We also feature other homeowners and how they’ve redone their rooms (and ceilings) on our Facebook page. Have you made an inspiring change? We would love for you to share with us! If you need help with your ceiling, we are happy to share our services and help you create a beautiful “before and after.” Get a free estimate here.