Ceiling paint treatments that wow!

Do your ceilings wow? You’ve probably heard the ceiling referred to as your 5th wall, right? Ceiling paint treatments are often overlooked in most rooms because you haven’t ever considered painting or treating the ceiling or because you were so exhausted by all of the other items you had to select to design your space that you were content to leave the ceiling as is.

Sound familiar?

Your ceiling can be a wonderful part of your room’s decor if you pay it just a little bit of attention!

Sometimes ceiling paint treatments with drama works best, but many rooms just call for the right shade of not-white paint. The decision about how to treat your ceiling has to do with the overall design of the room, the feeling you are trying to achieve, the ceiling height and the lighting in the room.

Painting the ceiling a shade lighter than the wall color will raise the ceiling visually. Painting the ceiling one shade darker than the walls will lower the ceiling visually (this is a wonderful treatment for two story rooms that you want to make feel a bit cozier). Both eliminate the white horizontal line you see at the ceiling and wall intersection if the ceiling is painted white. This is especially prominent when the walls aren’t a light shade.

{AFP Interiors’ 2010 Historic Ellicott City show house room, featuring taupe walls and ceiling, painted one shade lighter than the walls.}

{AFP Interiors’ 2010 Historic Ellicott City show house room, featuring taupe walls and ceiling, painted one shade lighter than the walls.}

Chandelier lighting in a dining room can be enhanced by a metallic finish on your ceiling. This causes the light to bounce around during your meal. It’s an awesome treatment.

The images below feature a dining room I designed, including decorative paint treatments on the walls and ceiling. First you’ll see the blank slate we started followed by the finished walls with decorative paint treatments applied by Deelite Design.

{BEFORE. White dining room ceiling (and walls).}

{BEFORE. White dining room ceiling (and walls).}

{AFTER. Ceiling painted with metallic finish to play off of walls and bounce light. Color selection by AFP Interiors, paint treatment by Deelite Design.}

{AFTER. Ceiling painted with metallic finish to play off of walls and bounce light. Color selection by AFP Interiors, paint treatment by Deelite Design.}

{Close up of ceiling paint treatment by Deelite Design.}

{Close up of ceiling paint treatment by Deelite Design.}

{Dining room walls and ceiling share a color palette and create layers up the wall and onto the ceiling. Color selection by AFP Interiors, paint treatment by Deelite Design.}

{Dining room walls and ceiling share a color palette and create layers up the wall and onto the ceiling. Color selection by AFP Interiors, paint treatment by Deelite Design.}

This is the paint mixing and planning that went into the dining room ceiling paint treatment. The walls also received a paint treatment similar in color to the ceiling. The fabric shown is on the dining room chairs and was the inspiration for the wall and ceiling colors.

{Decorative paint treatment paint color mixing. By Deelite Design.}

{Decorative paint treatment paint color mixing. By Deelite Design.}

Here are some other great ceiling designs that caught my eye!

{The room has the same color on the walls and ceiling, creating a very open feeling.}

{The room has the same color on the walls and ceiling, creating a very open feeling.}

{Add a surprise to room with a bold color on the ceiling and a neutral color on the walls!}

{Add a surprise to room with a bold color on the ceiling and a neutral color on the walls!}

{Painted stencil by Deelite Design.}

{Painted stencil by Deelite Design.}

{A darker color on your ceiling will cause it to feel lower and create a cozy space.}

{A darker color on your ceiling will cause it to feel lower and create a cozy space.}

Take a look up at the ceiling in the room you are in now. Does it need attention? Maybe a ceiling paint treatment is in order!

April Pardoe