There are pros and cons for painting or staining a ceiling. It can add so much personality to a room to add color through ceiling paint!
- If you want to draw attention to coffered ceilings or beautiful moldings, a paint color will do just that!
- If your ceilings are low, you may want to avoid color on the ceiling.
- If you crave color, a ceiling is sometimes the only place you can add it – perhaps a lot of windows or brick walls don’t allow the use of color elsewhere?
- A stain allows the natural grain of the wood to show, paint would tend to cover or “hide” the wood.
In the room below, the coffered ceiling, crown moldings & ceiling are all the same color, that way
the room feels small and cozy.
Tip for choosing the right stain color: If you’re selecting a stain instead of a paint, be sure to “test” the stains on the actual wood. For example, cedar will accept the stain color differently than pine or oak.
If you’re selecting a paint color for your ceiling, know that it will look MUCH darker on the ceiling than it does on your swatch card, due to lack of light reflection.
For before/after ideas for adding color – painting a contrast wall, painting a front door, or how to choose paint colors see this blog:
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A painted ceiling is an easy change, if you are unsure, just paint a large poster board with the $7 sample size paint cans from your paint store, tape it on the area to “test” it. And if it’s a wood ceiling, remember that stains come in a variety of colors such as gray, taupe, camel, (not just brown).