Choosing a ceiling paint color is almost as hard as choosing a wall color. After all, the ceiling is just another wall if you look at your room as a cube. So many times ceilings are painted white because most people feel it gives the appearance of a higher ceiling. While in most cases that may be true, if you’ve gone to the trouble of cutting and installing trim molding at the top of the wall, you’ll want to show it off!
Your crown molding will look better if it’s painted a color that coordinates with the wall, but doesn’t match it. The same is true for the ceiling. An easy formula to use for the ceiling color is to mix 3 parts white with 1 part of the wall color – the sheen must be the same – semi-gloss to semi-gloss, satin to satin. This simple formula creates a perfect match, is simple to remember so if you ever need to touch it up you can mix just a cup or so, and works to set off the molding and removes that stark white landscape above your head.
Here’s a photo of our bathroom, still in the remodeling stage, with a white ceiling, but you can see how a lighter version of the same color would really make an impact. We’re still toying with repainting the walls with a lovely dove gray paint, so we’ll take care of the ceiling when we finally settle on a color.