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.

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Dining In Blues

The first step for this room was a coat of paint in CC-740 Labrador Blue by Benjamin Moore. It’s soft, sophisticated and sets off against the warm tones in the room from wood floors to gold toned accessories. Designer Meg Quasim at Design Your Joy is known for using colour in a dining room, to set the feeling for the room.

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Perhaps you can’t paint your walls and would prefer to paint a table or chairs in a similar colour, we have paint to do just that. Ask us about Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Paint.

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“I love convincing people to paint a fun colour in their dining room, it’s not usually a room that is often used and can be fun. Don’t take it so seriously. If you aren’t sure where to start, try this tip…bring in a colour from your china or fancy dishes.”

-Meg Quasim

Emerald Dining

Elevate your style by adding a dark hue to your dining room!

0b4bc51c5eef2c387b2fd49db50f9d75Green is a balancing colour, in the middle of the visible spectrum. Green is the balance between cool and warm tones.  Green is the colour of balance and harmony and can, therefore, it is great for conversation and can be helpful in times of stress.

From paint, to furniture, accessories and drapes here are some ways to bring it into your home via the dining room!

 

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CEILING

Don’t forget that walls aren’t the only surface to paint, use your ceiling as the feature wall. It’s dramatic yet elegant. This ceiling is painted in similar tone to Benjamin Moore’s 2045-10 Green Bay.  The walls are in a similar to Benjamin Moore’s OC-26 Silver Satin

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FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES

Not ready to paint the walls or prefer lighter tones, try to introduce your accent colours in chairs, art work, vases, area rugs or drapes.

 

 

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A Modern Bungalow

Drawing from Scandinavian design and a love of rich colors and warm wood, this couple creates a beautiful space with unique style. (via: Apartment Therapy)

16939427_10155142949611323_3589216591140197235_nThis surprising attic is great for storage and a guest room (walls: Gray Owl 2137-60)

17022078_10155142949596323_4737633170743357174_nGray Owl 2137-60 finishes off this living room look.

17098396_10155142949601323_8454180058698447247_nA dash of drama with Gravel Gray 2127- 30 in the dining room.

 

2131-30 Lead Gray

This is such a classic look and easy to achieve, especially for small spaces. Did you know that dark colors in a small room will blur the boundaries and look even bigger?!

We love this idea for a library or den, even a living room. It’s simple, everything is painted out the same colour. Shelves, mantel on fireplace, walls, trim/doors.

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2131-30 Lead Gray by Benjamin Moore, is a moody, midnight shade of deep grey that adds a layer of masculinity to a library or gentleman’s study.

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deepblue5_zpsbdf3f3c2This high gloss look is very european and is so reflective that the colour will look even lighter in the space.

_f8a0742This dining room is sophisticated and laid back with it’s rich blue walls and light drift wood furnishings.

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No space suited for this deep moody blue, why not paint out some built shelves or free standing shelving unit?

Muted Red Accents

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Investing in colour doesn’t have to be expensive or permanent. This fun and colourful kitchen has a neutral base of white cabinets and light taupe flooring.

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By painting the walls teal it’s dramatic and fresh, by bringing in 3 main accent colours (in this case muted red) there is a sense of life and coziness. It’s amazing what you can do to a room with a little or a lot of colour.

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Feature walls can be tricky and sometimes not feel right.

If you have the right kind of wall to handle bold colour and it’s a wall that is prominent enough for a bold colour as a feature wall, it can change a room. In a few hours and only the cost of paint/supplies.

Come into our store with photos of a room in your home that you may be struggling with and our knowledgeable staff can help you decide on a possible feature wall in your home.

Click here to see a boring living room designed around this colour palette…

China Red

One colour that you see everywhere in China is red, bright bold RED. From ancient times to modern day, China red is still used everywhere.

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They say it’s the colour that corresponds with fire, symbolizing good fortune and joy.

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Red is found everywhere Chinese decor, from doors, wall paint to furniture.

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Red is strictly forbidden at funerals as it is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness; especially at weddings.

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The colour red in a wedding symbolizes having a thriving life. This is why chinese brides wear red on their wedding day, in hopes of having a good and thriving marriage.

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Often associated with festivals, paper lanterns are common in China, where they are often hung outside of businesses  and in parks to attract attention.

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This Benjamin Moore classic red is inspired by the vibrant pigment that originated in China in the 8th century, this deep, dramatic orange-red is rich and regal. An elegant, self-assured choice for a dining room. We love the chinese lacquer look of this wall colour in a high gloss finish!

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the fifth wall

 Never forget the ceiling when painting a room.

The fifth wall (ceiling) is quite often left out and only painted white, while other times of course white is the perfect colour for it. We are talking about the rooms that are usually off whites or neutrals, the ones that need a kick start and a WOW.

5e1d0c3191618b1aea6ec542299d32f2This room is only neutral and white, until you look up to the splash of bold orange. So fun.

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23afe5b71c92aee526205d5582ee91fbNot sure what colour to paint your ceiling? Take a cue from your accents pillows and accessories, there is nothing boring about this neutral space now.

01bbeda127e5ae1c3eb598f94f7f7e01Go bold or go home. This living room is so rich and colourful. We love the shot of luxe by painting the ceiling gold which ties in with the furnishings.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.30.09 PMThis country kitchen was missing some colour and the soft minty tone on the ceiling is perfect.

266dad6c46c4a3bfc4cac60a18d22720This kitchen is gorgeous and extremely soft painted in neutral tones. The blue ceiling is unexpected and can be repainted easily if the owners get sick of it. We love it.