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Painting Ceilings to Change Their Height

Did you know that just by painting ceilings creatively, you can visually change their perceived height? The following tips will show you how to make your ceiling appear higher or lower than it really is (with a strategic use of color), and improve the look and feel of any room.

When painting ceilings for a higher effect, the goal is to create an illusion of uninterrupted vertical flow between the ceiling and walls without sharp horizontal lines or contrasts, and eliminate anything that draws attention to the low ceiling.

Avoid big contrasts between the wall and ceiling paint colors. If your walls are painted a rich or deep color, a pure white ceiling will seem even lower because of the sharp horizontal line that the two colors will create where they meet

Paint the crown moldings (if you have them) the same color as the walls. If there is a high contrast between the wall and ceiling color (e.g. you ignored the advice above), this will help make the walls look a little taller and push the ceiling up a bit.

Painting ceilings a light cool color (for example, a pale blue wash or a subtle aqua tint) will make them seem more distant, and create a feeling of more space overhead in the room.


Sometimes, I sit down to write posts about paint tips which I’ve learned during my experiences with the design process, and then I’ll delete the draft after thinking to myself “everyone must already  knows this.”

But even as adults, we can sometimes be a little shocked by the new things we learn. Like just the other week when I found out that it’s not actually illegal to have the interior light on in your car while driving, which was something my parents told me was illegal as a child. What else did they lie to me about? Santa?

However, this draft is worth publishing because I recently used this paint trick and it worked. It’s very simple and I encourage everyone (whether you have a small space or a large space) to do this to create the feeling of a larger room.

This will draw the eye up, which creates the illusion of a larger room and higher ceilings. Bonus if you’re able to install some trim and crown molding, as I’ve found this can also make the ceilings look higher.

How do I know this paint trick works? Because people fall for it. It’s almost guaranteed that every time I share a full photo of our bedroom that someone will say “the room looks so much bigger!!” or ask “what the hell?!?! is the ceiling higher???

things to keep in mind before getting a false ceiling done

While you are designing your new house or remodeling your old one, there are a few things that you would have in mind like a modular kitchen or a splendid ceiling. While getting a false ceiling might sound easy, there are few things one needs to keep in mind before deciding if you really want one or not. Below are a few things one has to consider before getting a false ceiling done.

Easy installation

Having all around the house could put you off from getting a ceiling done. So try getting the ceiling done before you move into the new house. If you are remodeling your home and want to add a false ceiling to your existing decor, hire professionals who promise to finish the task in a day or two.

Size and design

If you want to build a false ceiling in your living room, check if you want to cover the entire surface or just near the light fittings. Because false ceilings are cited to cost a bit more plan your budget accordingly. As far as designs are concerned, squares and rectangles are most popular however there are several options available in the market that could add a touch of modern Moroccan or traditional Arabic styles to your home.


All false ceilings do need to be whitewashed.  You could be a bit more experimental and use different colors. While shades of white and cream usually give a clean and crisp look, earthy shades like brown and orange make the ceiling look more heavy thus making for a rich cozy environment.


It is not really ease to fix or install fixtures in a suspended ceiling. However you could get a professional to cut out a small portion of the ceiling and it can be mended later. But it is ideal to plan everything well in advance so you do not have to touch the final product.

Ridiculously Clever Ways To Decorate Your Ceiling

Drape a tapestry over your bed to turn the fifth wall into a focal point.

Feel like a princess — minus the evil witch who has a vendetta against your ‘rents and weird patriarchal shit — with a mosquito net canopy.

Or transform a flat sheet that *speaks* to you into a DIY canopy.

Straight up paint it the same color as your walls for some ~drama~.

Or highlight some intricate trim — or fake it with some painter’s tape — with a fresh paint job.

Hide weird stains and liven up your digs with some removable wallpaper.

Or go a lazier route and stick on some polka-dot decals for a still-cool-AF effect without having to line up everything perfectly.

Pin up scarves to hide an unsightly ceiling finish. (Popcorn ceilings, amirite?!)

Stick on some ~classic~ glow-in-the-dark stars.

Or alternatively, opt for some dome 3D stars because the future is now, sheeple.


When tackling interior painting projects, it can help to think of the ceiling as the fifth wall. A fresh coat of white – or even a favorite color – can do wonders for a room. Depending on what hue you choose the ceiling can make a space feel cozier or grand and expansive. A colored or patterned ceiling can add visual interest. And a newly painted ceiling just looks fresher because after ten years or so, ceiling paint gets just as faded and stained as wall paint.

If you’re thinking about painting a ceiling yourself, know that it’s a doable project. You’ll get great results if you use the tips we’ve outlined below.

Neatness counts, but this isn’t the time to see how neat you can be. Prep the room by covering all furniture and the floor with canvas or plastic tarp. If you don’t want to have to work around furniture, take the time to remove it from the space you’ll be painting. The hour you spend schlepping furniture may mean you can finish your painting project more quickly since you’re not trying to contort yourself around tables and armchairs.

Have your materials ready. Lay out everything you need. While good ventilation is a must and probably means leaving the door open, treat your project like a lock-in. Make sure you have your tools at hand so you don’t actually have to leave the room until it’s break time.

Make it a point to protect yourself from paint. While paint in your hair won’t be the end of the world, a simple ball cap will keep you from having to do heavy duty shampooing later. And goggles are a good idea because paint in your eyes – a very real possibility when you’re painting a ceiling – can be harmful.

Cut in first. After taping off the wall, work around the perimeter of the room, painting the first four inches of ceiling using a paint brush. Feather the edges of your line so you don’t end up with a noticeable edge between where you used the brush and where you’ll use a roller.

Once you’ve finished cutting in, you’re ready to roll. Use a fresh, brand-name roller with a 1/2″ nap every time. It’s slightly more expensive but worth it. Start rolling in one corner and then move the roller in random directions to avoid visible lines. Try also to avoid rolling over sections that have started to dry because the drying paint will be sticky and stick back to the roller.

To get a professional looking finish, apply at least two coats. The caveat is that you need to wait until the first coat is completely dry before starting the next coat to get smooth, even coverage.

Finally, consider hiring a Massachusetts interior painting professional. Painting a ceiling can be much more disruptive than painting interior walls because of the potential for mess. You may also need more specialized equipment just to reach the ceiling. If you’re excited to paint then give it a go. But if the whole thing sounds like a hassle, paying a pro can take a lot of stress off your shoulders.