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Just Look Up: Let Your Ceiling Steal the Show

Make Your "5th Wall" a Showstopper

When painting a room, it’s easy to get caught up in the basics:  walls, trim and doors. People often overlook one of the most important walls of the room -- the ceiling. Often referred to as the "5th wall", it's a large, visible area that, if given some color love, can totally transform a room. 

Path (C2-680) high Gloss ceiling by Julie Rootes Interiors for the 2019 SF ShowhouseCeiling painted in C2 Path

Often less expensive than wall paint, ceiling paint is manufactured to dry faster and splash less, cover imperfections and is relatively easy to work with. Ceiling paints are created to be extra flat in order to scatter the light and blur imperfections on large surfaces. That’s why you don’t use ceiling paint on walls; the trade-off for that extra flat finish means it’s less washable.

Giving thoughtful attention to the ceiling can add a true designer's touch and change the personality of the space enormously. 

Imagine if Michelangelo Sistine Chapel (photo) didn’t utilize this space…or used just plain white!

Designer Tip: Pay special attention to how the light reflects upwards on ceilings. The green from your landscaping can influence how the color reads, just as a cooler blue tone can be the case if you live near a body of water.  

6 Ideas for Spectacular Ceiling Statements

Custom Ceiling painted in C2 Stout


1. Traditional White

Usually, the most obvious ceiling choice is white. It’s a safe, effective choice to make ceilings brighter, giving it a traditional, clean feel. Typically, you can match the ceiling to the same white shade as the trim. 


2. Modern Monochromatic 

 Another option is to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, providing a wrapped, monochromatic feel.  It's soothing to the eye and adds an element of depth and drama, often making the ceilings appear higher. This affect will “erase” the boundary between the walls and ceiling, creating a feeling that you are enveloped in color.

3. Perfect the Percentage

Get creative and go a shade darker or lighter to add depth, dimension and interest to your room. For instance, take 50% of the color of your walls for the ceiling to create a lifting effect.

4. Get Creative With Color

 Custom C2 Paint color on the ceiling

With a canvas this big, why not go crazy on the ceiling! Paint it a totally different color or add a pattern to make a statement. It’s your home after all so it should reflect your personality! Color is great for kid spaces and can add an element of fun and whimsy without overwhelming the whole room.

5. Shine On

Gloss Ceiling in Cousteau (C2-713)

Adding a gloss to the ceiling makes a major design statement. Add shine in the entry, dining room or powder room.

6. Painted Patio  

This is an opportunity to make a colorful first impression. Vintage-styled homes, especially in the south, use a soft green-blue called Haint Blue to ward off evil spirits called “haints”. Whatever the reason, the end result is soothing and beautiful! 

Whatever your choice, the large area above you presents the perfect canvas to tie your room together, add color and give it that professional designer's touch! Shop C2's Ceiling Paint, a customer favorite!

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