color ceiling thoughts

Old 05-08-05, 05:39 AM
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New house for me!
1970's split, kitchen, dining, living room, bath and 2 bedrooms on upper level, 3 bedrooms, family room and bath on lower.

Working on colors for upper living, foyer, short hall way to bedrooms.

Living room 22X12, vaulted and beamed. One wall to wall window, southern exposure. Current area is very light beige walls and white ceilings, beams are a dark brown. And being pushed by one friend and my mother to consider a dark color on the ceiling.

My colors are "earthy"...tan, copper, medium olive.

I want to try and avoid painting the trim...currently I would call it a medium, 1970 brown.

Any thoughts on when a ceiling can handle color and to what extent? I am leaning toward some yummy colors....what I would call a medium copper for the ceiling and more of a golden lighter tan on the walls.
Old 05-08-05, 09:12 AM
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I would paint whatever colors you like 'cause you can always redo it. Dark colors make for dark rooms. Unless there is a lot of window or skylight or clairestory to let in light, dark colors will make a big impact on reflected light. I repainted a room where the owners adult children had painted it black and spattered white so it looked like stars at night. It wasn't as dark as I thought it would be.
Old 05-09-05, 10:55 AM
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if your ceilings are high and the room gets plenty of light, go for it - i would! your colors sound great!

however, your mom & friend are probably thinking it's currently very cold & stark and lacking color. adding a warm color on the walls might do the trick, without having to go so drastic on the ceiling. normally, you want to paint the ceiling first and then the walls, but if you're hesistant about going dark on the ceiling, paint the golden tan color on the walls first & see if that's enough to warm up the space. the ceiling will be accentuated by leaving it white & bright and will seem very open & airy, but not white & stark like it is now. or you could reverse your plan and use the copper on the walls & the tan on the ceiling, which would keep it feeling more open than having the heavier color on the ceiling.

so, i guess it's your call!!!

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