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Should I Paint My Ceiling? What Color Should I Paint It?

Should I Paint My Ceiling? What Color Should I Paint It?

Ceilings make a big difference to the appearance and feel of a room. After all, they are the only surface in a room as large as the floor! In the past, painting a ceiling any color but white was largely ignored as an option for giving a room a distinctive look. Now, however, there are endless possibilities. Are you eager to paint your ceiling?  If so, what color paint should it be?

Should I paint my ceiling?

If you think that your ceiling is drab and colorless, or if you just want a fresh new look, then painting it would be a great way to brighten and modernize your room. However, there are a few things that need to be taken care of first, or the paint won’t help your ceiling much:

What Color Should I Use to Paint the Ceiling?

White is still a beautiful, classic color for your ceiling. However, there are many other exciting ideas.

Option 1: Painting your ceiling the same color as the walls. This works well with light grey, beige, pale blue, and other light colors.  Painting your ceiling and walls the same color gets rid of the contrast between the walls and ceiling, making other colors in the room (furniture, curtains, artwork, etc.) really stand out nicely. If your room has crown molding, painting it glossy white goes beautifully with this look.

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Option 2: Painting your ceiling the same color, but a few shades darker or lighter than your walls. This is a wonderful tool for making your room feel unified without being all just the same. Rooms with tall ceilings can be made more cozy by using a darker shade above, and the same is true in reverse; rooms with low ceilings that could feel cramped can be made airy and roomy with a lighter ceiling.

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Option 3: Painting your ceiling a totally different color. By far the most colorful and unique option, this tends to work best if your walls are a neutral color. Black and dark grey are increasingly popular options, but many colors work great; be creative! If you go with this option, tie in the ceiling color with decorations and accents.

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Painting your ceiling a new color is very exciting, but it involves a lot of time, and it can be a mess.  Hiring a professional painting company ensures that the job is done quickly, and that you have a beautiful ceiling without all the trouble.

For homeowners in Maryland, Alexandria or the DC area, Williams Professional Painting would be delighted to help you. Our Design Center can help you select the perfect paint colors for your ceilings. Additionally, we remove popcorn ceiling texture, install moldings, refinish kitchen cabinets, and of course, we paint ceilings! Please call us if you have any questions about painting ceilings, or if you would like to schedule an estimate.

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