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.

a climbing wall

This New York townhouse has one awesome boys’ bedroom.  It started out with a child race car scheme, and was transformed into a pre-teen retreat.  Space designed by Perianth Interior Design1-Kids-Room-Climbing-Wall-665x455This rock climbing wall is an easy and space saving solution for busy little ones and small spaces.

Paint plywood in a gray tone, such as 2121-20 Steen Wool by Benjamin Moore. The paint should have a pearl or semi-gloss finish for durability.

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Mount the plywood on the wall (ask hardware store for proper mounting instructions). This kit by Mountain Equipment Co-op shown below is a great way to get your home wall started. It includes virtually everything except the plywood. The hold selection varies from kit to kit (no choice), but each kit includes a balanced blend of big, medium and small holds, screw-on hand and foot holds, micro bolt-on crimpers, really big roof jugs, and positive-to-grab little juglets.

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How cool is the half court design painted on the floor and the mounted basketball head board?


a deep taupe that will make your room cozy for fall

Benjamin Moore color “AF-155 Weimaraner” a warm and cozy gray based taupe that works great with cool accents (such as blue, turquoise and green) but also with deep warm tones (such as chocolate, rust, gold and red).

A great elegant color if you are looking for a neutral dining room.

This wall color sets off beautifully against white and off whites.

A favorite when it comes to exterior paint colours, it gives siding a whole new look (see above). It also looks great on garage doors on brick homes, it picks up on the grout colour.

chocolate wallpaper

We love getting feedback and “after” pictures from customers.

Your basement family room turned out great Diana, thank you for the photos.

If you would like more info regarding these papers, come into the store and we will show you.


Looking for a professional wallpaper hanger in Oakville or Mississauga?

These rooms were done by one of our fav guys, David Ottenbrite from Doctor Decor.

a calming palette for a basement

Choosing paint colours for a basement seems to be a frequently asked question at our store.  We thought we would share this colour palette because it’s calming, timeless and neutral.

By painting the walls a nice soft gray/taupe (try Hc-172), there is only a soft contrast with the painted millwork/brick wall that is a warm white (try OC-117).  This tone on tone effect visually creates a larger space, and softens the look more than just using one tone of off white.

There is a focal wall painted in a gray/blue tone (try 2123-30) this adds a punch of colour…but can also be painted out over time if needed.

As for the sofa colour, you are completely open-taupe, charcoal, chocolate, black, purple…you name it!

Are you re-designing your basement? If so, come visit us at the store with pictures/samples of your space and our staff will be happy to guide you in the right direction.