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When it comes to the topic of paint and ceilings, there are several schools of thought. Some say paint it white, others like myself suggest painting it similar to the wall color or a lighter tone of the wall color. If you have normal height ceilings around 8 feet, I say take that wall color and continue it on the ceiling. It tricks the eye and it becomes harder to know where the walls meet the ceiling — making the room look taller since there are no harsh breaks. And based on the darkness of your paint color and the atmosphere you’re trying to achieve, this could also give the room a more intimate look and feel.

Now, if you’re concerned that it may be too dark or claustrophobic, select a color that’s several shades lighter than your wall color for the ceiling — at least the two colors are in the same family. The final factor for me also boils down to the amount of natural light that comes into the room and/or the amount of lighting you’ll be able to install. Bottom line, there’s no right or wrong answer, but just make sure that in the end, you’re happy with the look. And besides, it’s just paint!

Best regards, DPC