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Choosing Paint Colors for the Ceiling

I need some advice regarding my kitchen ceiling which has become stained due to cigarette smoke and cooking. My kitchen isn't very large and has light oak cabinets and cream colored walls. It leads off into the sitting area where there is a large french window. I have no window in my kitchen, but it's not too dark.


I'm wondering what color to paint the ceiling as I know that white will discolor very rapidly. My color theme for accessories in the kitchen is red and the living area is cream and beige with touches of red. The ceiling in the living area is white and the walls are cream. Any suggestions, please? I'm really stumped as to what color to choose.

By Cettina from Malta, Europe

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July 21, 20100 found this helpful

I would still paint it white, it will brighten up things and if you paint it an off white or taupe it will also darken and look even darker. Good luck.

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

What about a color like terracotta? But a lighter color of it, like a light baked clay? You could mix white paint in it till you got the color you liked, maybe more in the reddish family to go with your red touches.

I'd love to see how it turns out whatever you decide; can you post a picture if you decide to paint your ceiling?

Have fun!

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

Hi Cett, I agree with Metroplex's idea! If you choose that idea the height of your ceiling should determine the depth/darkness of the terracotta. If you have a high ceiling use a deep terracotta and if you have a low ceiling use a lighter terracotta.

I would love to see a picture of your finished ceiling too. ;-)

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

I'm really impressed! Light terracotta sounds lovely. I don't have high ceilings since I live in a very old cottage which once had high ceilings with wooden beams but had been replaced many years ago with steel beams which i have had to hide with a false ceiling in the kitchen. Shame really, but I'm assuming that it was a necessity to keep the roof from falling down. My home is hundreds of years old. Thank you so much. I knew I could rely on you all for excellent suggestions! When it happens, I will post a photo. Thank you all again.

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I would like to paint the ceilings in our home. My problem is that I don't know what color to use for the ceiling. The walls throughout the house are taupe, true taupe.

My second question concerns the hallway which is small and I think will be a good experimental site. The walls are taupe here, also. I've always wanted to paint the hallway ceiling some kind of sparkly, light reflective paint, or some kind of sparkly color to mix with the taupe paint. Then maybe I can fool around with measurements, unless someone out there is kind enough to help me! Maybe the sparkly stuff is just an additive I can add to the paint?

My house is small and is a little on the dark side as far as lack of windows goes. Not much natural light. Any suggestions? I've always wanted to do this, but need your help. I also need your help regarding the proportions of paint to the sparkly additive.

Also, what is the rule of thumb on picking out ceiling colors? I've seen people do completely different colors for their ceilings; like pale yellow ceilings with blue wall paint. I've been searching the web, but I can't find recommendations on how to choose a color by yourself.

Thank you.

By metroplex from Houston, TX


Choosing Paint Colors for the Ceiling

Dark colored ceilings recede. That is, will make the ceiling look higher. If the room is small, this might not be the best. I used a glossy paint on some ceilings to add light and make them look higher; this was the same color as the walls. I did add light. The sparkly things are glitter that is added to the paint; this must be sprayed. I don't remember how much, but I think it came in a container to be added to a gallon. I used this in a bathroom even on the walls to add size to a tiny bath. My only regret was not using more for real punch, but it was a house we planned to sell. Paint is a quick and cheap way to have fun and can be changed if you don't like it. Have you thought of stripes going up one wall and across the ceiling? (06/12/2010)

By Chloelizabeth

Choosing Paint Colors for the Ceiling

Things you'll need:

Step 1
Move as much furniture as you can out of the room. Cover the floor and any other remaining items with a drop cloth. Put on goggles and old clothing.

Step 2
Scrub the ceiling with soap and water, using the scrub brush and standing on the ladder. Let it dry.

Step 3
Place painter's tape around the room where the ceiling meets the walls. Apply it to the walls, as close to the ceiling as you can. Place the tape around any fixtures that may be attached to the ceiling.

Step 4
Cover the ceiling with primer paint to create a fresh, clean work surface. Let the primer dry.

Step 5
Stir paint and apply a coat with the textured roller.

Step 6
Load glitter into the gun, and shoot the glitter into the wet paint. Start on the outer perimeter of your ceiling and go all the way around until you end up where you started. Repeat, working your way into the middle.

Step 7
Dip the angled brush into the paint and dab it into any bare spots on the ceiling. Shoot glitter into the paint right away. Take a look at your work and continue filling bare spots until the entire ceiling has the desired effect.

How to Put Sparkles in a Textured Ceiling |

Most ceilings are white, but you can paint it any color, like yellow would be OK.
Good luck. (06/12/2010)

By kffrmw88

Choosing Paint Colors for the Ceiling

Paint all your ceilings white. You can never go wrong. Down on the road if you decide to paint your walls again, you won't have to change the color of your ceilings. (06/12/2010)


Choosing Paint Colors for the Ceiling

Home Depot has glitter that you can add to your paint. But first I would take a sample of your paint to a paint store and ask for one of their decorators/designers to give you advice. The bigger paint stores have them on staff. But, another thought, how about painting your walls and getting rid of some of that all over taupe? Color does wonders. Take samples of your furniture and carpet and let the decorators help you chose some new colors. (06/15/2010)

By Zuster56

Choosing Paint Colors for the Ceiling

I've painted all the ceilings in my house. I generally go with a light shade of whatever my wall color is. If I have an accent wall, I still go with the color on the other walls. I do have one room where the walls are a cream and the ceiling is dark. (It's a tray ceiling and I painted the section closest to the wall a medium tan and the innermost level a deep blue.) It looks very dramatic. Another option for you hall and/or other ceilings is to sponge paint them with different shades of white or whatever is the lightest wall color (still using several shades of it) in that room. The difference is subtle, but still noticeable, more so at different times of the day. (06/15/2010)


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