by Ravi Backerdan on June 10, 2022


How to choose ceiling colors for your living room accentuating walls?

When it comes to choosing paint for the ceiling, most people opt for bright white, because it is generally the safest option out there. Although we understand the reason for choosing white, sometimes it is nicer to have some other color options as well. You never know what drama and character a different ceiling color can bring to your living room. 


While we know it is tricky to pick a suitable ceiling color, so we are here to help you. We are going to give you some tips on how you can pick a suitable ceiling color for your living room depending on the wall colors, home architecture, the sunlight flux, and the furniture around the room. 

Well, why should only wall colors have all the fun, right?


1. The dilemma of choosing a dark or light hue:

Generally, ceilings that have light colors painted on them give an illusion of more heightened walls and a spacious room. On the other hand, dark colors on the ceiling can make the ceiling look lower. Some people might feel that a lowered ceiling can make the whole look congested. However, it is not the same case with everyone. Some people think that the lower the ceiling the cozier the room is. 


Also, the time of the day when you will use your living room will play an important role while choosing the hue. And depending on that, you need to accommodate the factors like sunlight, furniture, wall colors, trim work while finalizing the color.


We would suggest that colors like ice blue, salmon pink or blush pink can make the whole room look more breezy and spacious. A cherry red or electric blue color would uplift the whole vibe of the room at night. The lamplight reflecting off the ceiling will make a great ambiance for lounging on a movie night.


2. Painting the walls and ceiling the same color:

Having a uniform color on the walls and the ceiling can invoke a sense of coziness and intimacy in the room. However, if the space is already cluttered or small, one might find this idea non-approachable as it can make space look smaller than it already is. But if we talk about a large room, one color can help in blending the whole room as one and diverting all the attention on furniture and decor in the room. If you want to go for this idea, but are reluctant then what you can do is to go for a shade lighter on the ceiling. Keep an 80-20 ratio of white color and the color that you are going for while mixing. It will leave the ceiling in a relatively lighter shade and yet be coordinated with the whole color scheme. 


Also, if the room is unusually structured then the same color scheme throughout the room will give it a sense of oneness. Remember, the same hue all over the room will make the ceiling feel a little lower and if your space has higher walls than usual then this trick would help you amp up the intimacy quotient of the room. The best part about coloring the whole room the same is that you do not have to worry about taping off the molds at the ceiling line while painting. 


3. Painting the ceiling white:

Even with tons of color options in the market, some people still prefer painting their ceiling white as it is a non-risky business. It is always convenient to redo the paint if it wears out in some time. It takes less time and energy while repainting the ceiling or walls if they have a white color. There is no fuss about choosing a specific color for the walls and you do not have to worry about what color your decor is.


If you are looking for some tips on how to clean the walls before painting them then have a look at Best Way To Clean Walls Before Painting.


If your room already has a pop of colors, then you might go with the white color for the ceiling. Also, if you think that there are a lot of statement pieces in the living room, then might ditch the rest of the colors and opt for a white hue. A different color for the ceiling can make or break the whole character and if you are doubtful about the situation, we would suggest you opt for white. 


Also, choosing white paint for the ceiling will help hide any lumps or flaws on the ceiling. In case the room does not get much sunlight, white color will work best. 


4. Choosing a contrasting color:

Painting the ceiling with a contrasting color can dramatically alter the whole character of the space.


For a contrasting effect, consider colors such as sky blue, blush pink, or pistachio green to make a statement overhead. If you are planning to go all out with your living room color choices, you can ditch the notion of choosing only a lighter color for the ceiling. You can even paint the whole ceiling with a dark color and then paint a coat of a lighter shade of the same color to soften the bold color. That way the surface will reflect enough light and also prevent it from overshadowing the whole room.

Now, if you are still confused about which color to pick for your ceiling, we have another option for you i.e. wallpapers. If you need some guidance on which one to pick out of both feel free to check out Wallpaper vs Paint: Which one is a better option for walls?

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