UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2017
A painted ceiling can make a huge impact on a room, yet its transformation is all too often overlooked as we play it safe with white. Committing to a statement-making shade, whether it be a deep, dramatic blue or a light, refreshing green, may seem daunting but it can work a treat.
Need proof? Just look to this array of inspiring interiors on Pinterest, where painted ceilings are trending big time, lending a modern edge to a room. If you fancy taking the plunge, SL’s interiors experts are here to answer all your burning questions…
Talk to us about painted ceilings.... How can they change the look and feel of a room?
“The painted ceiling is quickly becoming the new feature wall and has the same effect of creating a cool focal point in a room. It works particularly well in period properties where it can draw the eye to architectural features.” — Rococo Davis, Founder of Rococo London Interiors
“Painting the ceiling a completely different colour to the walls adds interest and character. A brightly coloured contrasting ceiling is strong and graphic, or you can add drama to a room with a darker shade on the ceiling than the walls.”— Debra Kacher, DKinteriors
“The effect of a painted ceiling will totally depend on the colour: at the moment a lacquered painted ceiling is on trend. It can really brighten a hallway and add a lot of glamour. A smaller space, like a study for example, will look good with a warm taupe shade to make it more masculine and cosy.”— Karen Howes, Founder and Chief Executive at Taylor Howes Designs
What colours should you choose?
“Tie in colours with your interiors, like matching the colour of a chair or fabric. Don’t be afraid of pattern and don’t stick to plain colours, as often with ceilings, the brighter the better.” — Letty White-Spunner, Jane Churchill Interiors
“Create a unified space by painting the ceiling a few shades darker or lighter than the walls; it makes the room feel enveloped in colour creating a soothing, relaxing and intimate atmosphere. This works so well with colours such as blush or nude and stronger shades of blues and greens.” — Debra Kacher, DKinteriors
“It depends on the mood you are trying to convey. In a kitchen a bright yellow can add an uplifting touch. In a reception room, a more neutral colour will give the space a warmer feel.” — Karen Howes, Taylor Howes Designs
Do you need decorators in or can you do it yourself?
“I always leave the ceilings to a professional as it’s slightly more complicated and messier than painting walls.” — Rococo Davis, Rococo London Interiors
“You can do it yourself if you’re in a DIY mood but you must do your research. It’s not like painting a cupboard or shelf; if it goes wrong, it will look terrible!” — Letty White-Spunner, Jane Churchill Interiors
“It's a fairly easy and inexpensive way to create a more glamorous look.” — Karen Howes, Taylor Howes Designs
“It’s no more expensive than painting a wall but bear in mind ceilings often have architectural features that would need to be treated carefully and this kind of thing will always have an effect on cost.” — Letty White-Spunner, Jane Churchill Interiors