Color on Eight-Foot-High Ceiling?

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Q: All the conventional wisdom says not to paint your ceiling a color in a small space, but I'm looking for feedback. My master bed & bath have ceilings around 8'. I'm having the whole room painted (don't ask about the previous owner's love of purplish-black). I'm going with white for the walls, with the color in the bedding, but am wondering about the ceiling. The walls in the rest of the house are a very light blue of my choosing, and it was a huge improvement over the previous beige (and blood-red and and purple-black accent walls), opening up the space.

I'm wondering whether going with a very light blue in the ceiling (with white walls) in my master suite might suggest the sky and therefore might recede (as it has done on the formerly beige walls elsewhere in my home), and could work. I can't find any tips that would help -- anyone have any thoughts?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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