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Hello AT,

Which do you find to be true? A dark or a light ceiling makes a room appear larger? Help!

Thanks. Jan

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Dear Jan,

Generally a light ceiling will allow your eye to pass upward without distraction and give the impression of a larger space, so a light ceiling will make your room seem bigger. However, there are other things that will make the walls "taller" and your ceiling seem farther away as well, such as tall, vertical color "pillars" or "stripes" on your wall. These could come in as part of the moulding or simply be imposed on the wall. We also recommend a warm white such as Decorator's or Ceiling White on the ceiling - not flat white. This softens and warms the ceiling, and is easier on the eye.

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