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Interior Painting: Is White the Only Color for Ceilings?

by / Monday, 06 February 2012 / Published in Interior House Painting

White is the traditional choice of color for ceilings. Have you ever considered why this is the case? Several reasons exist, and you may be surprised to learn about them.

  • #1 Ease of Painting–I know that it may be hard to believe, but even Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel probably made a few errors. It’s very hard to position yourself in such a way as to paint the ceiling a solid color, let alone a work of art.  This could be one good reason why most ceilings are white.
  • #2 No Reason to Paint–Why paint the ceiling when it doesn’t need attention like the surrounding walls? While grease, scrapes, and other various items are able to deface a wall over time, they are not likely to reach the ceiling (unless, of course, you are a smoker).
  • #3 Feeling Claustrophobic–Most rooms are an average of 8 ft. high. If you paint the walls the same color as the ceiling, this actually makes the room look smaller, and creates a closed, confined space. Having white ceilings can open up the room and make it appear bigger. However, this does not mean that you can’t experiment with color.

If you have high ceilings or great natural lighting, such as skylights, the sky really is the limit for you.  It’s easier to paint darker and bolder colors with these luxury features. Typically, the darker the color, the more that color weighs a room down.  Keep this in mind when selecting a new color for the ceiling.  If you want to try another look, you can paint the ceiling a bold color but leave the walls white.

If you do decide that you would like to paint the ceiling, don’t break your back while trying to do it! Give Greenway Painting a call, your genuine Cincinnati painters!


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