Hello, we’ve had an epiphany: there’s no need to touch your plain white walls to give the room a jolt of colour. Look up, reach higher. We’re painting the ceilings!
Many interior designers shy away from painting rooms in loud, bold hues. We get that – sometimes, brightness on 4 walls can be a little much. Bet you’ve forgotten about your fifth wall though, right?
Ceilings really are a blank canvas for your creative expression, and as an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about smudgy fingerprints or furniture nicks. It’s a budget-friendly way to give any room in your home a fresh, inviting look. When you’re only painting the ceiling, a saturated colour can really make an interesting impact without overpowering the room. Easy now: we’re not telling you to paint every ceiling in the house, but picking one or two here and there can really make a statement and put that finishing touch on a space.
Let’s ease into things with the lighter hues. This pale duck-egg blue, for instance. Although it’s a cool colour, we think that it definitely warms the room up somehow. Imagine the same room with a white ceiling and it’s a whole different experience. Also – those lights! (Colour code: S 1510-B20G)
Colour on the ceilings also help with warmth, which is important for living and dining spaces. This would be a tough nut to crack if you’re dealing with high ceilings, because the room will look unbalanced if furnishings, rugs and accessories visually occupy the bottom half of the room alone. In this living room, the designer experimented with a rich cocoa shade on the ceiling which instantly balances the room, making it feel more cosy. (Colour codes: Cocoa ceiling S 7010-Y70R | Beige walls S 1510-Y50R)
A painted kitchen ceiling can also help draw the eye upward or bring high ceilings down, but choosing the right colour for a kitchen ceiling can be tricky. Before choosing a colour, look at your space and find a shade that works best with the other accents in the room. It’s also important to consider how much light your kitchen gets. Light blue is a good go-to colour for kitchen ceilings. Reminiscent of the sky, it feels light and airy. (Colour code: S 1030-B40G)
If you have a large kitchen with very high ceilings, you can take the plunge with a bolder hue, like this deep fuchsia! To avoid highlighting any imperfections on your ceiling, it’s best to use a flat finish, but some interior designers like to use a glossy finish for new homes to reflect light and add some dimension to the space. (Colour code: S 1070-R20B)
Feeling brave? We have one word for you: Black. In our last blog post, we sang our praises to black walls in every corner of the house, and the ceilings are no different. To most people, black ceilings would sound like something a rebellious teenager would do, but after looking around for inspiration we’re certain converts. Black can hide a multitude of sins, call attention so something you want to emphasise or easily add some drama to a space.
We’ve fallen for these stellar examples of how to pull off the look in a living room or kitchen. We can’t decide whether we prefer the mirrored black flooring or the pale grey rug – which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!
Here’s another example of those high ceilings we mentioned earlier. High ceilings always sound like a great idea architecturally, but when you think about the design of a room it’s easy for the space to feel cold and imposing. Colour helps to make the ceilings feel lower and cosier without sacrificing the space, as you can see in this fab colour combination. (Colour codes: Turquoise S 1030-B50G | Aubergine S 6020-R60B)
When it’s just the ceiling that’s getting the colour treatment, a saturated colour like this emerald green really makes an interesting impact. Clean, modern elements, like the falling bubble lamp and the large, mounted art print provide sleekness, and the warm mahogany floors provide great contrast and interplay with the ceiling. (Colour code: S 4040-B90G)
And speaking of greens, how pretty is this olive shade in a young girls’ bedroom? (Colour code: S 4030-G70Y)
And as we’re on the topic of jewel tones in the bedroom, we’ll leave you with these last two stunning ceilings: Cami’s burgundy bedroom (S 3060-R20B) and Kristina Sterling’s sleek turquoise bedroom suite (S 3050-B20G).
Moral of the story? Don’t forget your fifth wall. With a stunning ceiling to look at, it’ll be easy to keep your chin up!