Pros and Cons of Painting Ceiling Same Color As Walls


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Painting the ceiling and walls the same color can reduce design-decision stress, cost, and taping and painting time. It creates a seamless and minimalist look and can reduce the cave-feel of vaulted ceilings. Yet it eliminates a space illusion trick, can obscure trim and molding, and doesn’t work with all colors.

Pros of Painting Ceiling and Walls the Same ColorCons of Painting Ceiling and Walls the Same Color
There is the reduced stress of not having to attempt to match the colorsWithout the effect of the two tones, you will lose a space illusion trick
One color can create a seamless lookPainting your feature molding or trim the same color as the walls and ceiling can be obscure
This design is definitely suited for a minimalist décor styleThis style does not work with all colors
You eradicate the need for masking tapeUsing different colors in a room can add to its overall aesthetic
You could end up spending less money than if you were to paint the room two colors
Painting the ceiling and walls one color will save you some time
This design style will minimize the cavernous feel of vaulted rooms

Pros of Painting Ceiling Same Color as Walls

You Don’t Have to Try Match the Colors

If you decide that you would like to paint the ceiling and walls of a room in your home the same color, you are actually saving yourself the time and effort it takes if you were to paint the walls and ceilings different colors.

When you paint your walls/ceiling a certain color, you need to make sure that the color you paint the other matches. There is a risk of having colors that are completely different hues, which can make your room feel a bit like a clown house.

If you are repainting your room, you won’t need to eyeball whether or not the new paint is the same as the existing paint, as you will be covering the entire room in one color anyway.

Creates a Seamless Look

Painting your walls and ceiling in one color eliminates the harsh edges that exist between the two and makes the room feel like one continuous canvas.

By eradicating the barriers between the walls and ceiling, you are making your room feel much larger and the ceiling appear higher. You now have a space that is softer and inviting.

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If you have thicker or chunky trim around the base of your ceiling, painting it the same color as the walls and ceiling creates the illusion that the trim is no longer there. Your room won’t feel as boxed in or defined.

Suits a Minimalist Style

Sometimes when the walls or ceiling of a room is painted an accent color, you create a really interesting aesthetic of the room. However, with that comes the added pressure of matching your furniture and any design pieces to the color and overall feel of the room.

By choosing only one color, your room becomes instantly simpler, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to embrace a minimalist design style. With your walls and ceilings being synonymous, your furniture does not have anything to compete with.

You can add in your basic furniture and add a few feature pieces to elevate the aesthetic of the room without causing it to feel cluttered and overstimulating. The one-color style allows a person to focus rather on the stylings of the room, instead of the architectural design of it.

No Need for Masking Tape

Masking tape is an essential component of any paint job, as it is important for avoiding crossing over boundaries that you don’t want to paint. It takes a fair amount of time (and a lot of masking tape) to efficiently create straight barriers between the ceiling and walls.

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However, when you are painting the entire room one solid color, the need for masking tape is reduced and sometimes even eliminated completely. You don’t need to make sure that you avoid getting the wall paint color on your ceiling, or vice versa, as they will all be one color.

Saves You Some Time

Whether you have hired someone to complete the job, or you are rolling up your sleeves and painting the room yourself, painting an entire room is not a quick job.

When you are painting the ceiling one color, and the walls a different one, you have to change out or clean your rollers, clean the painting tray and build up the momentum once more to paint the next part of your room. This can end up taking quite a while, especially if you are painting all by yourself.

By only using one color, you can simply roll your brush into the tray and carry on painting the next part of the room. You have saved yourself so much time and effort and can finish the job in no time.

May Work out Cheaper

Let’s face it, it is nearly impossible to correctly estimate how much paint you are going to need when you are planning on repainting your walls or ceilings. More often than not, we buy more than we actually need with the idea that we will ‘use it one day‘. In reality, the excess paint stays in your garage and collects dust.

When painting a room two different colors, you obviously have to buy two different buckets of paint. Ceilings generally use less paint than walls so you will also end up with extra paint in this case.

Paint is not cheap. Particularly if you are using specialized paint, like bathroom paint. So, by using one solid color for both the walls and ceilings in a room, the makeover becomes more budget-friendly as you are only buying one bucket of paint as opposed to two.

Minimizes Cavernous Feel of Vaulted Rooms

Vaulted rooms can definitely be a selling point for any home, as buyers love the architectural element, which adds value to the home.

Although it is a truly beautiful design addition to a home, in some cases the exposed beams and triangular style of vaulted ceilings can also make a room feel like a cave.

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If the room’s walls and ceiling are two different colors, the effect created is one of the harsh edges and even though the ceiling is high, the room can feel quite cramped, as if the ceiling is closing in.

Making the vaulted ceiling the same color as the walls creates the illusion that the room is larger and the walls endless as they merge with the converging ceiling.

Cons of Painting Ceiling Same Color as Walls

You Lose a Space Illusion Trick

If you have a smaller room, painting the ceiling the same color as the walls of the room would not be the wisest decision. Ceilings are generally painted light, neutral tones such as different shades of white or beige. This technique creates the illusion that the room is larger than it actually is.

Even painting your walls halfway one color, and then the rest of the way another color, can create the illusion that your walls and ceilings are a lot higher than in reality.

So if you have a room that is on the smaller side, a one-toned approach will create a boxed-in effect which can actually work against you and make the room feel even tinier.

Feature Molding or Trim Can Be Obscure

Unique and intricate molding and trim can turn any room from ordinary to incredible. The designs and detailing all add to the room’s aesthetic by creating a feature point in the room that will truly elevate it.

If you paint your entire room the same color, including the trim and molding, then your elaborate and beautiful accents will be lost as the wall and ceiling essentially become one.

Perhaps keep your trim and molding a different color, either a shade darker or lighter than the ceiling and walls, to ensure it stands out as it should. You have a beautiful design element that should not be forgotten.

Doesn’t Work With All Colors

Unfortunately, this style of one color for the ceiling and walls does not work well with every color out there.

Your lighter shades will work as they create a soft, inviting mood while making the space feel expansive.

On the other hand, having dark or very bold colors, like ruby red or even black, won’t necessarily make the room feel smaller than it is, it might just make your guests feel overwhelmed. These tones can definitely overpower a room, making it feel oppressive and closed off.

Depending on which room you are applying this technique to, you might want to consider keeping to softer and lighter colors. A dark mauve or grey in your living room might make it seem cozy and warm, but apply this to your bathroom and you have a dungeon experience every time you do your business.

Different Colors Can Add to the Overall Aesthetic

Having a minimalist style is not for everyone. Sometimes your furniture or décor just doesn’t do the trick for creating a ‘wow’ factor in your home.

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Adding different colors is definitely an effective way at making a statement. Choosing an accent wall of a room to paint a different color to the rest is a great way to fashion a focal point in the room without the need for expensive art or furniture.

If you simply have every wall, and even the ceiling, matching, then things can go from ‘simple’ to ‘simply boring’ very quickly.

Regardless of whether you end up painting your walls and ceiling the same color or different colors, proper ventilation while painting is important.

Sources

https://carlaaston.com/designed/walls-mouldings-and-ceilings-all-the-same-color-my-fave-trend

https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a32993197/what-is-a-vaulted-ceiling/

https://www.shurgard.com/en-gb/blog/five-space-enhancing-tricks-with-paint/

https://aglassofbovino.com/2019/08/this-paint-trick-will-make-your-room-look-bigger/

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