White Ceiling Paint Colors
May of 2012 I wrote a blog post called "What Color Should I Paint My Ceiling?". The post talks about ceiling whites and why you shouldn't use an extra or ultra white ceiling paint color because some whites are just so white they look blue, you know, like snow does on a winter day. Well…
If you'd like to repeat the wall color on your ceiling, but want the look to be lighter, dilute the wall paint with white in a ratio of about 80 percent white to 20 percent wall color. Since ceilings appear in shadow, the resulting diluted color will still relate favorably to the wall color.
The key to using colors on the ceiling (or anywhere really) is adding different amounts of white paint. This is a great tip I learned from working with professional designers on my own home. Any paint store can mix a color with fifty percent white (they call it "halfing" it.)
"My favorite white paint color is Benjamin Moore 2126-70. It is appropriately named Chalk White-a grey-scale white, which works universally juxtaposed with cool and warm tones. I use this color for paint, stain finishes, custom color reverse painted glass and metal as a foil contrasting with other elements.
One alternative, if the idea of a white ceiling color is still anathema to you, is to paint the ceiling a lighter shade of the wall color. In this case, it's an easy sell because the wall color is already a fairly lively pink. From Ralph Lauren Home: Ceiling: French Pink. Walls: Belmont Pink. Continue to 4 of 5 below.
The ceiling is PALLADIAN BLUE HC-144 and the walls are LINEN WHITE. Linen White is a great color for trim with golds, browns and other warm neutrals. Or for walls where there's a good amount of light. For more dim rooms, I prefer Ivory White 925.