HOW TO…Paint A Ceiling

Painting your ceiling can seem like a tough task. Learn the best way to paint a ceiling with Benjamin Moore’s simple steps.

Keep in mind that the ceiling should be done prior to painting the walls. You will need a two and a half inch angle sash brush, painters tape, a nine-inch roller sleeve, an extension pole, a pan, a ladder, and Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint.

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Hale Navy In The Kitchen

Hale Navy HC-154, from Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2019 palette, brings crisp modern lines to a light and airy kitchen. Approachable neutrals bring restorative quiet to a sleek Decorator’s White OC-149 kitchen outfitted with Hale Navy cabinetry. #ColorTrends2019 http://ow.ly/Zadk30meZDN

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Mountain Themed Nursery

These nurseries are whimsical and fun, creating a mountain range using paint adds some adventure to any room.

This calming nursery above is painted in White Dove OC-17 and Hale Navy HC-154 in Regal.

Using chalkboard paint as the mountains is such a create way to create the mountains, Benjamin Moore’s chalkboard paint can be made in almost any colour.

This nursery is simple and the colour scheme is very gender neutral.

This is a great inspirational wall, with mountains and trees.


Q & A Thursday: Foyer Transformation

Q & A:

How can I transform this old and boring foyer. We just purchased this century old home that needs a lot of TLC. I have 4 kids so need storage and my favourite colour is green, would that work?

Thank you,

Sarah J from Mississauga,ON

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Hi Sarah,

Your foyer has so much potential. We suggest some custom built-ins to maximize your storage, seating and a few hooks for jackets, etc. A tile floor would be much more practical as well, perhaps a dark slate palette. By painting out the inside of your front door in a deep charcoal will create a focal point as well.

The photo of this foyer below is painted in a nice gray green tone and paired with creamycabinets.Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 3.16.37 PM

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Dark On The Ceiling?

Did you grow up believing that ceilings had to be white — or, at the very least, a paler version of the wall color.

Dark ceilings, even black ones…can hide a multitude of sins, call attention to something you want to emphasize or instill a touch of drama.

Here are some reasons to consider painting your ceiling black.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.38.22 AMTo add drama. Take away the furnishings and finishes in this room, and you’ve got a pretty humble plasterboard box. The black ceiling adds architectural interest where none existed and makes the space feel far more interesting.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.16 AMTo draw attention to a view. Sure, this view would be beautiful even if the ceiling were white. But notice how the black surface draws your eyes toward the vista, kind of like a red carpet unfurling in front of you?

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.02 AMTo define an area. It can be hard distinguishing one space from another within an open floor plan. A black ceiling can do the trick, without the hassle of room dividers or area rugs.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.45 AMTo conceal a mess. It can be tough to hide all the ductwork in a basement ceiling. Covering it with drywall can rob you of precious headroom (not to mention money). An inexpensive solution is to paint the whole thing black. It won’t eliminate the problem entirely, but it’ll make the mechanics far less prominent without lowering the ceiling’s height.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.16 AMTo make a ceiling look taller. Sounds like a contradiction, right? But when you can’t see the boundaries of a room, it can appear bigger. This is especially true if you paint the tops of the walls black as well.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.26.59 AMTo emphasize trim. Got some awesome millwork? Make it pop by painting the surrounding surfaces black.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.26.50 AMTo echo other elements in the room. If there’s a lot of black elsewhere in the room, a black ceiling can tie things together and create a unified look.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.07 AMTo make a ceiling look lower. High ceilings always sound good. But in reality, they can make a space feel cold and imposing. Black paint will make the ceiling feel lower without sacrificing space.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.09 AMBecause the walls are black. If you’re going to take the plunge and paint your walls black, do you really want to wimp out on the ceiling? The bedroom here is dramatic and supremely sexy, but it wouldn’t have worked half as well without the black ceiling.

The same holds true for this bath. Since bathrooms are self-contained spaces, and people don’t usually spend a great deal of time in them, they’re an excellent place to try something a little bit daring.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.36 AMBecause the rest of the room is black and white. Chaplin, houndstooth, The New Yorker — some things just look better in black and white. In this case the black ceiling is a nice echo of the black floor, and the stringent motif makes the few touches of color pop.

Looking For A Fresh Look In Your Living Or Dining Room?

It’s not hard to use bright colours in a traditional space.  Use a pillow or piece of furniture for inspiration. The contrast of the green/blue against the heat of the coral under-toned orange; really create a fresh summer look. You can then leave the walls a nice calming neutral, especially in the cream family.

For this look try:

1.  HC-138 “Covington Blue” by Benjamin Moore.

2. 2170-30 “Autumn Cover” by Benjamin Moore.

3. OC-10 “White Sand” by Benjamin Moore.

Black Bedroom

The room design was inspired a surfboard that the designer gave her daughter for her birthday that has a black and white vintage textile design.

Designer Becki Owens reimagined her teenage daughter’s room using CENTURY®, Benjamin Moore’s line of small batch paint with a unique Soft Touch Matte Finish. For more info on the project, click here.

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