(Partner post to ‘The 3 Best Benjamin Moore Off-White Paint Colours’) That’s right, you don’t just have to choose a colour for your WALLS, but for your CEILING TOO – WILL THE MADNESS EVER END! For longevity, this is always a good choice as no matter what colour you do the walls in later years, the ceiling can always stay the same!
If your walls are painted a medium or dark colour, a white ceiling/trim can make the space look smaller due to the high contrast. Check this out ‘The 3 Best Benjamin Moore Off-White Paint Colours for Trim and More…’ A low contrast look – can make a space look bigger / ceiling look higher.
In a home with many different wall colours/ceiling colours, it can get a bit busy with no ‘common thread’ It is not fool-proof as often the lighter version of a wall colour is not as nice as the original and the undertones CAN shift. Important Note: Always have your paint company mix a sample pot for you.
Well if your wall colour has a lot of red or orange in it, the lighter version may be quite ‘pink or peach’.
You’ll be pretty safe when dealing with neutrals, but as soon as you are considering colour, make sure you get it tested. To get a sample of a BM colour lightened, have H.Depot colour match it for you and mix it into one of their own sample pots – they can lighten and darken it for you with their paint mixing system.
If your wall meets your ceiling and doesn’t necessarily run straight and level A white ceiling with dark walls is a ‘high contrast’ look which can make a space look smaller.
Dark can simply be a few tones darker than the wall colour or something striking and high contrast like the photo above…
If you have a high ceiling and it is a flat finish, consider painting it a darker colour.
If you’re feeling brave and really want to step outside of the decorative box, consider doing a finish on your ceilings that is metallic, pearlescent, fresco or textured. Benjamin Moore and Martha Stewart have some fabulous finishes (online doesn’t show well, its best to go to the store).