Good Questions: What About the Ceiling?

Good Questions: What About the Ceiling?

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 20, 2006

Hi AT,

I'd like to paint the walls of my bedroom a rich medium blue, with the woodwork a darker blue (inspired by some of the colors and walls at Emery & Cie's website). The floors are hardwood. I'd like to know what to do about the ceiling? Is there a good rule of thumb? Will it be glaringly strange to keep it white? Will it be overkill to paint the ceiling the same color as the woodwork? Any recommendations???

Thanks. Rachel

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Dear Rachel,

We can't wait to hear what other readers have to say but we believe in a white ceiling for its reflective quality and the way it adds visual space to the top of a room. We use Decorator's or Ceiling White, which is not a flat white, but has a small bit of color in it to make it harmonize with the walls better.

If you are doing your walls really dark, however, we would look at a ceiling white with a bit MORE color in it - creamier - otherwise it may pop too much and look too colonial. With blue walls you want a cooler white, so you would be looking at greys and soft white blues.

Anyone else????

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