Painting sloped ceiling

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Old 12-13-05, 10:50 AM
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Painting sloped ceiling

In the next week or so Ill be painting a room that is 14x24 with a sloped ceiling, up to 16 feet high.

So, the slopes are about 12 feet (x 14 feet in length) and the flat part of my ceiling is about 4 feet wide (by 14 feet in length).

I would think that the "correct" way tp paintthis would be to treat the slopes as the cieling. So the slopes and the flat would be white. The walls (including the walls that go up to the 16 feet) would be a color.

Of course, Im sure this is all opinion, but Im wondering what the accepted, typical way to do this is. Is there one? My wife would prefer the slopes the same as the walls, saying she has seen it on the home decorating TV shows. It just seems not right to me.... any thougts?
 
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Old 12-13-05, 06:38 PM
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Like you I prefer to paint it with the ceiling, but the customers preference always prevails. In this case I would paint it how your wife wants - it might make life easier
 
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Old 12-14-05, 05:55 AM
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If this was my job, I might ask you how you wanted it. Then I would ask your wife, and do it that way.
 
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Since there really is no real definition between the wall and the ceiling (unlike a 90 degree wall angle), it is best to paint the ceiling the same colour as the wall.

I always find it looks funny to see two different colours where the sloped ceiling meets the wall.

Your wife is right.
 
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Old 12-14-05, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by marksr
.. In this case I would paint it how your wife wants - it might make life easier
Originally Posted by prowallguy
If this was my job, I might ask you how you wanted it. Then I would ask your wife, and do it that way.
Lol
But very true
I would agree
 
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Old 12-14-05, 10:00 AM
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if you painted the sloped part the same as the walls, that would only leave a strange 4 x 14 strip of ceiling. so i vote for painting the sloped parts AND the flat part the ceiling color, so there's a decent amount of "ceiling".

or just paint it all the same color to de-emphasize all the angles.
 
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wouldnt it look a bit strange if everything was the same color? Id think it would feel like sitting in a big box and not a room (although it is high ceiling).

It just seems logicla to treat it as a ceiling fora few reasons :

- one you stated - having just a small strip of white.
- its called a sloped "ceiling" not a sloped wall
- if it were a wall, that would mean that ta the spot where the two real walls meet with the slope, there would be a corner where three walls meet. I dont think thats really physically possible.

But Im wondering if there are interior design "rules" that come in to play with slopes.
 
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Old 12-14-05, 02:34 PM
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if your flat area was more substantial than just 4x14, i was going to recommend painting the sloped area the same as the walls. that would accentuate the height of the overall [flat] ceiling. but since the flat part is so small, it just can't be done that way & look good.

you can definitely paint ceilings the same as the walls, even if it's a dark color. most people are more used to ceilings being white or a very pale version of the wall color, so that seems "right".

painting the ceiling darker than the walls is done often to visually bring down a tall ceiling when a cozier atmosphere or more drama is desired.

if your sloped area is textured the same as the ceiling & walls, then you can really do whatever you want.
 
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Old 12-14-05, 02:40 PM
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how tall are the regular vertical walls? at what point do they begin to slope up? 8', 10', 12' ???
 
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Originally Posted by Annette
if your sloped area is textured the same as the ceiling & walls, then you can really do whatever you want.


Good point. If the ceiling and the walls have different texture, the texture should determine what gets painted how. If all is textured the same [or smooth] then you can paint it whichever way you want to. Lighter painted ceilings [including more treated as ceiling] tend to brighten up a room but there are no hard fast rules.

If there is lighting on the sloped areas it should be painted the same color as the ceiling IMO
 

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The regular walls start to slope at 8 feet. The slope is 12 feet long.

Marksr, there are two rcessed lights on each slope - just about 1/2 way up (a foot or so less than the 1/2 way line)

There will be a ceiling fan with a light centered on the flat. The light on the fan will hang to a point just above the plane of my recessed lights -about 12 feet off the ground.

When you say - "same texture" what do you mean? Like popcorn ceiling?

It is all the same texture, although Im so tired of spackling - just up to the ceiling - id do ANY texture if it reduced work.
 
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Old 12-15-05, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rkoudelka
When you say - "same texture" what do you mean? Like popcorn ceiling?.



Basicly there are two types of walls/ceilings - smooth finish or texture. Texture comes in many forms. Popcorn is the most well known and is only for ceilings. A stomp texture or a swirl texture are also just for ceilings. Then there are orange peel, splatter coat and knockdown just to name a few. These can be used on walls or ceilings. Textures can also be very light to very prominent. My concern was whether or not the walls and ceiling had the same type of drywall finish. Since it all has a slick finish you can stop the wall color, begin the ceiling color where you wish.

Since you have cans on the sloped ceiling I would treat it as part of the ceiling BUT thats my personal opinion and I don't live there
 
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Walls are vertical everything else is a ceiling. My $.02. Couldn't help it. Sorry
 
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now that you've told us there are recessed lights on the sloped areas, i'm sure they look more like ceiling surfaces than wall areas. however, you could still paint everything the wall color, or just the 8' high vertical walls the color.

whatever you do - just please don't paint everything one color and then leave that 4x14 strip another color.
 
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yes, that option is definitely out (just ceiling as white)

I guess the whole room one color wouldnt be too bad - still seems differernt to me.

If I wanted different Id do the wlls one color, and the slopes and ceiling something other thanwhite - but the same.

Anyway, thanks for all the input.
 
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Old 12-15-05, 08:56 AM
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If I wanted different Id do the wlls one color, and the slopes and ceiling something other thanwhite - but the same.
many people don't like "boring" white ceilings. very often people use a lighter shade of the wall color for the ceilings. that way, the ceilings are still lighter than the walls, but the contrast between the two is lessened.

depending on your decorating style & color scheme, you might be able to use a completely different color on the slopes & ceiling than the walls, like maybe a pastel blue or gold, etc.
 
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Tinted ceilings are often 1/4 or 1/2 of the tint used on the walls.
 
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Mixed with a flat white I assume.
 
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You could mix flat white with the wall paint but normally you have the paint store mix the ceiling paint using a partial formula of the wall color.
 
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