There are a few reasons white ceilings are classic, and they shouldn’t be discounted. First, they’re clean, bright, and airy, and a trusted way to open up your space. They’re also a blank canvas. “When you stick with classic white on the ceiling you create a backdrop that can take on almost any finish—you can put anything in the room,” says Karen Asprea, a New York City interior designer and director of Whitehall Interiors. “When you start to add color to the ceiling, the choices you make throughout the rest of the space need to be more thought through.” This is how to choose the best paint for your space.
While a dark ceiling might seem intimidating, it’s one of Asprea’s favorite ways to make a room feel luxurious. Tie the room together by matching the ceiling to a print on the wall. For example, if you use a dark chocolate color on the ceiling, try a wallpaper with a dark chocolate accent, she suggests. Another idea: Pair the ceiling with light-colored furniture that has black metal detailing or black rivets. “It adds a level of richness because now there is something very dynamic between the small little dark details at eye level playing with the dark ceiling above you,” she says. “Those are the rooms I find most often that people walk into and you get that ‘ahh’ feeling.” One thing to keep in mind: The trims and cover plates on any light fixtures. Order them in a color that matches your ceiling, otherwise, they’ll typically be white—and an eyesore. This is how to choose a color to paint your room.