Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Fifth Wall

A common question: should we paint the ceiling?
Designers often call the ceiling a 'fifth wall'. 
Some think that a white ceiling looks like a sheet was thrown over it.
Personally, I love a painted finishes a room to me.
But in the end, it's completely personal preference.
Should you decide to paint your ceilings, I hope this gives you some inspiration:

Generally, a ceiling painted a lighter color than the 
walls will allow your eye to pass upward without 
distraction and give the impression of a larger space.
Try going at least 50% lighter than the walls or 4 shades lighter on the color wheel.

Pink creates a warm and intimate room. 
A lighter shade of pink goes on the ceiling.

The white molding creates a break between the 
orange walls and the wheat colored ceiling.

So sophisticated.

Airy blue ceiling.

 Robin's egg blue.

Love the black walls and light gray ceiling.

The ceiling in this kitchen is a lighter shade than the walls.

With pale blue on the walls, the ceiling was painted neutral.

Cozy bedroom...

Have always loved this room from the days of Domino.

Very inviting.


Light walls with a dark ceiling can often push the walls away.  
It can be quite dramatic; bringing the ceiling closer to the floor 
and causing the walls to recede.

 Great pop of color.

One of the BEST children's room.

Wallpaper is another option. 

Darling for a little girls room!

Of course I would love a black ceiling.  It's sublime.

Love the paisley wallpaper.

Bathrooms are a great place to experiment with color.

Or wallpaper.

Fun for an office.

Lovely kitchen.

Will be packing for my impending move over the next few days.
Have a great weekend!

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