How could you add different colors to these walls and ceilings?

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Old 04-17-18, 10:54 AM
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How could you add different colors to these walls and ceilings?

I have a dining/living room area that extends into a vaulted ceiling space. Above that is a loft overlooking the open space. There are 2 skylights that extend out into that space as well. The ceiling is all white and the walls are off white, basically all one color. Is there any way to add different colors to the walls and ceiling without it being to abrupt or jarring as the borders between colors would be very evident. Plus the skylights lie in between the loft ceiling and the LR vaulted ceiling. I don't know if this makes any sense hopefully the pics will help.
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Old 04-17-18, 11:09 AM
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Ceilings are most often just a flat white. Any color you paint the walls would obviously end "abruptly" at the ceiling, but I don't know why you would describe that as abrupt, since it's perfectly normal to have different colors on the walls and ceilings.

If you wanted the ceiling to be something other than white, I would suggest that it be from the same color palate as the wall paint, but just a shade or two lighter. So if you are looking at a paint card with 5 colors on it, the ceiling might be the lightest color on that card (in a flat sheen), but the walls could be any of the darker colors. The closer the two are, the less contrast there will be.

Some people like to have a feature wall that is a bold dark color. That can sometimes make the room darker or feel smaller. But in a large enough room it can add depth as well as visual interest. Hard to say if that would be appropriate anywhere, you can't really get a feel for that based on photos.
 
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The ceilings being white is alright but what I mean is suppose the loft walls were different from the LR, there would be a border at the bannister overlooking the LR. If the colors were quite different it would be jarring I would think.
Sorry it's hard to really capture this with single shots due to the panorama necessary to really see what's going on.

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Old 04-17-18, 11:43 AM
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So I think you are asking if the tall wall could be split between upper floor and lower floor?

To each their own but walls are typ all one color floor to ceiling.
 
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Old 04-17-18, 11:57 AM
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I service a condo association where they look very similar to your unit.
The wall where I drew the red line is usually all the same color.

There would be no way to make a clean break between two different colors that wouldn't be noticeable.
 
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As already noted it's best to continue the same wall color at least until you get to a corner. If you must split the color in the middle of wall it usually looks best if there is a piece of molding installed between the 2 colors.
 
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Actually what I meant is what if that red line was perpendicular rather than horizontal. The tall wall one color but the loft section leading into it another, essentially a color change at the bannister.
 
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I agree with the others. That wall needs to be one color or it would look pretty awful. You could paint the other walls in the loft a different color tho. That would look fine. Or paint that wall the same as the loft and the other walls in the LR different. Another thought, paint the LR and Loft all the same color. You have a few options that would all look nice as opposed to splitting a wall in half.
 
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Posted before I read your last reply. I don't think so unless there's something there to divide the rooms. I can't think of anything that would look nice.
 
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OK,thanks for all the replies!
 
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