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post #1 of 27
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When you paint a room, do you always make the ceiling a different color than the walls?? We are finally getting to paint our new bathroom this weekend, and the bottom of the walls will be a sage type green, then a sunflower border, then on the top of the border a very pale yellow...........is it ok to paint the ceilign this same yellow or should it be white or cream????? I don't paint much, so I'm clueless. I would like it to be the pale yellow, but Debi here at work doesn't think it would look right...............

What do you all think?
post #2 of 27
My ceilings are usually white. But, I think that in a smaller room such as a bathroom, it would look fine to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. Especially since you're using a lighter color such as yellow.
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
My ceilings are usually white. But, I think that in a smaller room such as a bathroom, it would look fine to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. Especially since you're using a lighter color such as yellow.
Oh our bathroom is small, that's for sure........
post #4 of 27
I agree the ceiling would look neat a lighter color.. I don't think I'd ever paint a ceiling a dark color,, but light color is okay..

My daughter's babysitter did a her kitchen in a burnt red, and tan,, and she did her ceiling in the a light tan,, and it looked marvelous...

So go for it.. Keep in mind that sage green might take several coats since it's darker color.
post #5 of 27
I personally have never seen a ceiling any other color than white, but then again I don't get out much but I would think that even with the ceiling being a light color like yellow would kinda close the room in, like make it smaller seeming
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I personally have never seen a ceiling any other color than white, but then again I don't get out much but I would think that even with the ceiling being a light color like yellow would kinda close the room in, like make it smaller seeming
I was wondering the same thing...........
post #7 of 27
I think ceilings should always be a lighter color/shade than walls as it greatly helps to reflect light into the room.
I had actually planned something similar in the half bath downstairs, we have planned hunter green tile floor, vanity top and back splash with yellow grout, pale butter yellow walls and eggshell porcelein sink with eggshell ceiling
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever View Post
I was wondering the same thing...........
I wonder if there is a website for interior design that you can post a question on and get a designer to answer??
post #9 of 27
To make a room look cozey the trend these days is to paint the ceiling a darker shade than the walls. To make a room more spaceious you should paint the ceiling a lighter color. Or so says my interior design friend.
post #10 of 27
I like the idea of the sage walls and the yellow ceiling.
post #11 of 27
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To make a room look cozey the trend these days is to paint the ceiling a darker shade than the walls. To make a room more spaceious you should paint the ceiling a lighter color. Or so says my interior design friend.
Spot on!

A white ceiling reflects more light back into the room, giving the impression of higher ceiling and more space, whereas a darker ceiling absorbs light and makes the room appear smaller - but this can work well with uplighters (rather than a ceiling pendant light-fitting) to give a warm and cosy atmosphere to a room. I imagine the latter would be great in a lovely cosy room with a log fire on winter evenings!

For a bathroom though, I would go with a white ceiling for very practical reasons - when shaving, putting on makeup, or trying to get a lash out of your eye, you want as much light as possible!
post #12 of 27
Everyone of my ceilings in my home is painted a color. What was advised to us is that the color you paint the walls you ask for whats called 1/2 formula for the ceiling, which essentially is the same color as the walls but only 1/2 mixture of paint 1/2 mixture of water. That way its the exact same color but lighter.
post #13 of 27
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Hummmm, I'm so confused.........
post #14 of 27
Bathroom =white or very, very light off white color.
Easier?
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever View Post
Hummmm, I'm so confused.........


Dont they have those computer things and Home Dept and Lowes that you can take a picture of the room and see exactly what it will look like?
post #16 of 27
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I know what you all are saying, but I am just confused on what I'm going to do..............
post #17 of 27
Just don't do what the previous owners of my house did. They had the bathroom BRIGHT aquamarine, and the ceiling was a mint green. Painting over that was one of the first things we did!
post #18 of 27
Hmmmm all my ceilings are painted one of the 10 million shades of white!!. I do have two smaller powder rooms-one os a med tone blue and the other wainscoating lower half and a pumkin-ish color on the top half!! What youcould do is buy a quart of white paint (don't buy that "ceiling" paint-I would do satin or eggshell finish as its easier to wash and tint the color yourself with the yellow that you are using-no so white but its might blend better with the yeelow.
Yes there are "warm" and "cool" whites!!
post #19 of 27
It's definitely a trend to paint the ceiling a colour other than white.
I'd go with the light yellow.
I also never use plain ceiling paint in a bathroom (with shower/tub). I always use proper kit/bathroom paint, which you can have tinted whatever colour you want.
http://www.doityourself.com/scat/decoratingandpaint
http://www.benjaminmoore.ca/home.aspx?&userLanguage=en
post #20 of 27
a cool white is best for a bathroom it reflects more light. Also you may wish to switch your current light bulbs for LED or crystal clear bulbs that are brighter to put on makeup etc.
post #21 of 27
Susie......

I say do whatever you want....it's your house. There is no right or wrong when it comes to this. I painted my kitchen etheral blue (very pale blue) and I also painted my ceiling the same color. My kitchen walls and ceiling are all tongue and groove pine. The trim work and molding are all white.

You could always tape off a 4' X 4' section in one corner, paint it the color you are thinking of, then look only at that corner when it's dry and see if you like it. If not, then at least you didn't paint the whole ceiling.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I wonder if there is a website for interior design that you can post a question on and get a designer to answer??
Well I do have a degree in Interior Design, even though I don't currently work in it professionally, so here's my opinion anyway! I personally would never paint a ceiling the exact same color as the wall. A shade or 2 lighter, maybe. Basically the reasons for not doing it have been said. Things like reflecting heat, etc. It can make a room feel smaller and more closed in. Usually a designer would want to make the room look bigger. Things like vertical lines and mirrors help with that. Now if someone were wanting to paint the ceiling darker, that I would cringe at. (My husband wanted to paint the ceilings black...don't ask! Just thank the Lord he married ME!) That would kind of make you feel like it was falling on your head. Tall guests would probably catch themselves ducking. Does that answer your question thoroughly?
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jenny82 View Post
Just don't do what the previous owners of my house did. They had the bathroom BRIGHT aquamarine, and the ceiling was a mint green. Painting over that was one of the first things we did!

EEEEWWWWWWWWWWW!

I'm glad you took care of that! My Mom once rented an attic apartment with high gloss super sunshine yellow walls. Had she not painted it another color before we moved in, we wouldn't have needed lights at night!
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
EEEEWWWWWWWWWWW!

I'm glad you took care of that! My Mom once rented an attic apartment with high gloss super sunshine yellow walls. Had she not painted it another color before we moved in, we wouldn't have needed lights at night!
I once painted a girl's room bright yellow, one of the boldest colours I've painted. Holy cow, when the sun hit her room in the afternoon it lit up the whole house!
post #25 of 27
One wall in my bathroom is blue because it would be impossible to find the same shade of off white and the man doing the painting didn’t want to paint the whole room.

I think that you should do what you want and go with the yellow. If it doesn’t work out you can paint it over in white. The yellow will make a nice base coat for the white.
post #26 of 27
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I once painted a girl's room bright yellow, one of the boldest colours I've painted. Holy cow, when the sun hit her room in the afternoon it lit up the whole house!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by CheshireCat View Post
One wall in my bathroom is blue because it would be impossible to find the same shade of off white and the man doing the painting didn’t want to paint the whole room.

I think that you should do what you want and go with the yellow. If it doesn’t work out you can paint it over in white. The yellow will make a nice base coat for the white.
Well, I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone's advice. I think what we're gonna do though, because the yellow is so soft, that we're gonna go ahead and paint it all above the border yellow. If it doesn't look right, it will be easy enough to paint the small ceiling white...........hopefully we can get to that this weekend. He's in there prepping the drywall now. I'll let you all know! Thanks Pals!!!
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