Do Ceilings Have To Be White?
We asked Amy Lau, an interior designer in New York City, for her tips on how to enrich that fifth wall.
Do the ceiling last. I like to choose a color for the ceiling only after I know the wall color. Colorful ceilings often work best with neutral walls.
Go Soft. Paler hues work best on ceilings in bedrooms and living spaces—save brightly colored ceilings for kids’ rooms. I love a very pale blue, especially if the rug is also blue, or a pale green. If the wall color is a medium neutral, like some grays and beiges, I like to cut the wall color in half and add 50% white for the ceiling—it’s enveloping and draws the eye up.
Consider High Gloss. A lacquer-like finish, such as the oil-based high gloss I used in the room shown here (Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue), has a liquid quality that reflects light and adds a sense of spaciousness. But the surface has to be perfect; a glossy finish shows every flaw. That’s one reason ceilings are so often matte white.
Designer Amy Lau is a fan of ceiling colors drawn from nature, such as sky blue and leaf green.