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When thinking about interior design and home painting, we tend to forget about the ceiling. Unless we crane our necks upward, our eyes normally rest on the walls or fall to the floor. That isn’t to say that ceilings don’t make a difference in how a room looks and feels. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Even if we only notice a ceiling subconsciously in our peripheral vision, the way a ceiling is painted can completely transform a room. If you’re curious as to why this is, let’s look at the ways in which painting a ceiling can have a major impact on an interior space.

Ceilings are Usually Unobstructed

It goes without saying that the color of walls makes a big difference in a room’s overall aesthetic. However, barring minimalist design philosophy, most walls become obstructed by windows, doors, furniture, artwork, and/or decorations. Ceilings, on the other hand, are usually free from such obstacles, providing a clean, open space for interior painting to make a statement.

Of course, ceiling fans and chandeliers sometimes get in the way, but even these objects usually only take up a small portion of the overall area. The color you choose for your ceiling, then, makes just as much of an impact (if not more) than the color of your walls.

Make a Room Feel Bigger or More Intimate

Because ceilings provide this open canvas for home painters, the colors and shades you choose can transform the entire feel of a room. For instance, darker colors will make the room feel smaller. While this might put some people off, painting a ceiling a darker shade is a good way to “lower” a high ceiling. If a room feels too open and empty, this provides a possible solution.

On the other hand, if a room is smaller, painting a ceiling a lighter shade, or simply white, can open it up. Of course, you have to keep context in mind here. Consider the colors of the walls and the overall color scheme of the room before deciding to paint the ceiling white. A white ceiling against a darker room can create a visual imbalance in the room.

Another Opportunity to Accent

On this note of contrast, ceilings provide the perfect opportunity to create strong accents in an interior space. Many rooms benefit from having a single wall or feature painted in stark contrast to the rest. The same can be done with ceilings. It’s best to have a plan in mind for the room’s color scheme as a whole. The ceiling should be painted to match certain elements of the room (furniture, flooring, trim, etc.) and contrast others.

For instance, a room with dark green furniture and white walls might really come together with a dark green ceiling that matches the furniture. Every room is different, of course, and people prefer different interior design philosophies. Whatever the case, a painted ceiling can make a room pop in a whole new way when done thoughtfully.

Let the Pros Paint Up There

While many people can handle smaller residential painting tasks, painting a ceiling presents unique challenges and hazards. It’s best to leave this task to professional painters. All American Painting Plus is equipped with the experience and resources to paint your ceiling however you like. Let us transform your home’s interior by choosing the right colors for your ceilings. To learn more about us and our painting services, give us a call at 703-620-5563 or email us at info@aapplus.com today!

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