WHAT COLOUR SHOULD I PAINT MY CEILING?
Ceiling colour is purely a personal preference. Typically, white or off-white colours are used to help create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Medium to dark colours will create the illusion of a lower ceiling and a more intimate space such as a bedroom.
To unify the room, choose a colour for the ceiling that is a tint of the wall colour such as a full strength shade on the walls and ½, ¼ or ⅛ strength of the same shade for the ceiling.
SHOULD TRIM WORK OR MOULDINGS BE PAINTED THE SAME COLOUR AS THE WALLS?
To disguise ordinary or unattractive trim work, or to create a monochromatic look, use a trim colour that is the same colour as the walls. If you want to accentuate trim work, use a different colour (lighter or darker) than the walls or the same colour as the ceiling.
HOW DOES COLOUR AFFECT A ROOM’S SIZE?
Generally, strong, warm colours like reds, oranges and yellows tend to draw walls in and make a room feel cosier. These colours are known as advancing colours because they jump out and meet the eye.
Conversely, receding colours like blue, green and violet tend to make a room look larger because they ‘stand back’ visually. Actually, there are no hard and fast rules with colour however; strong colours such as royal blue and hunter green will make the walls more dominant, and thus closer.
Small rooms are best made to appear larger by painting them white or a neutral colour. Additionally, monochromatic colour schemes will open up a room, while contrasting colours can make the room dynamic but smaller.