Should ceilings be painted white?

photo of ceilingWho said ceilings had to be painted white? Not us! Colour on a ceiling can have a great effect, often because it’s unexpected.

 A painted ceiling can take its cue from and expand upon a strong feature in a room like an oriental rug or dominant lamp shade. In a wall-papered bedroom a delicately coloured ceiling can be very effective. In a bathroom a touch of pink in the ceiling can cast a flattering glow and in a a children’s room a brightly coloured ceiling can be the finishing touch of gaiety.

Ceilings respond differently to light than walls as it’s unusual to have light directly pointed at them. Features that do throw light up on the ceiling will obviously highlight any colour you use.


Bear in mind that very low ceilings can be oppressive and require a colour that doesn’t add weight. Whites, creams and neutrals help to make low ceilings appear higher and can create  feeling of spaciousness in rooms that tend to feels small or cramped.

Conversely darker and warmer colours create the illusion of a lower ceiling, often used to create a more intimate atmosphere in large properties with high ceilings.