Painting ceiling stairwell -- white or wall color?


Old 10-11-04, 05:59 AM
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Painting ceiling stairwell -- white or wall color?

I have a basement stairwell that I'm painting. It's an L shape and has a can light at the middle landing and sconces at the top and bottom for light.

The walls are a tan and I've painted the ceiling white. The ceiling tends to stand out quite a bit.

Typically, are basement stairwell ceilings painted the wall color or white? Are there any rules of thumb? I know it's personal preference, but I'd like to get some feedback.

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Old 10-11-04, 10:25 AM
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No 'real' rules on this.. more of a matter of taste, I presume. Traditionally ceilings are painted white.. but thats not chissled in stone.
I prefer a white ceiling..especially in a hallway because of the 'close' quarters. Just m.o.
Old 10-11-04, 05:00 PM
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Yeah, I'd paint it white, even though its the most popular option, it will also tend to 'open' the area up .
Old 10-12-04, 11:01 AM
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if all the other ceilings, especially in the rooms at each end of the stairs, are painted white, then this ceiling should be white, too.
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