Asked on Nov 02, 2014

Ceiling Paint

Why does one paint a ceiling the same color of walls, a matter of preference, does it make a room look smaller, larger?
  15 answers
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Nov 02, 2014
    Good question I would also love to know the answer.

  • Melanie Melanie on Nov 02, 2014
    Depends on the color. A lighter color keeps the room larger and if you paint with darker colors, the room looks smaller. I owned a paint store for 20 years. Most people painted lighter rooms with the same or off white, darker rooms, usually white or off white.

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Nov 03, 2014
    I have painted all the ceilings in my stairs rooms, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I did it because it was easier than "cutting" in the ceiling but I love what it did for the rooms. If the color is light it seems to make the ceiling disappear, if it is a medium color it creates a cozy feel. I chose a bright color for one bedroom and it was to over whelming so I painted the ceiling white. You will be pretty safe if your color of choice is light to a medium color hue. I love mine.......give it a try.

  • Mic M Mic M on Nov 03, 2014
    All my rooms have painted ceilings that match the walls. I think it looks "finished". White ceilings catch my eye when you have colored walls. In one room I used a pewter on walls, and a lighter shade on ceiling (just add some white) If you like the color, you will like the ceiling to match.

  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Nov 03, 2014
    @MARY FISHER in my case it is pure dee laziness cutting in the ceiling is soooo time consuming, painting everything the same you are done in half the time, i don't like dark colors so i am safe xx

  • Susan Pittman Susan Pittman on Nov 03, 2014
    My ceilings are the same color as my walls (SW Camelback) and my crown molding is white. It makes the crown stand out more than if the ceilings were the same color as the moulding.

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Nov 03, 2014
    @MARY FISHER I have done this in my bathrooms and part of my kitchen. It keeps the eye on your decor and is oh so much easier to paint. I too wouldn't do this with a dark paint but the light to medium tones it works very well. I also do not do on stippled ceilings - to difficult to get it even.

  • MARY FISHER MARY FISHER on Nov 03, 2014
    Thks to everyone for all the response!

  • MARY FISHER MARY FISHER on Nov 03, 2014
    Yes, Ty, I like the white molding! It does make it stand out

  • AvonelleRed AvonelleRed on Nov 17, 2014
    I think sometimes it's that they've accidentally hit the ceiling with the wall paint, and said "to heck with it", and just painted the ceiling the same color. Otherwise, I don't see the point unless you really want to see that same color every single place you look.

  • Ansley Designs Ansley Designs on Apr 06, 2015
    @MARY FISHER I love how everyone is saying its so much easier or faster than cutting in. OMG have y'all even painted a ceiling??? 2 or more coats of looking straight up with an awful crick in your neck! I hate painting ceilings....I'm dreading doing my downstairs! I do like having the ceiling be the accent wall. I did that in our nursery. Check out my blog!

  • MARY FISHER MARY FISHER on Apr 06, 2015
    Yes, thank you all for response, I believe it would be easier on the eyes and neck to paint all the same color, but do agree, the dark would not be a good idea, but like moldings to stand out. I am 'RESOLVED'! LOL

  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Aug 15, 2015
    I NEVER paint the ceiling the same color......... I ALWAYS the same color with HALF THE TINT saturation it opens it up a bit.. It's not WHITE but lighter version of my color, always matches, AND is you ever need a bit more of the wall color for some reason, you can go back and have it matched again and get a very very close match for the touchup.. I learned this trick form a DIY dec shows years ago.. Lynette Jennings or Christopher Lowell, I think.

  • Carolyn Spence Carolyn Spence on Feb 28, 2016
    Ceiling paint is thicker and does not drip. Hides imperfections easily. Dries fast. I use it also on walls that need a base coat under a new darker color. Love it!