Blue ceiling

The Fifth Wall

Author: Lauren Coleman

It’s not that long since we were all going wild for a painted feature wall, then it was about a statement wallpaper wall, now it’s all about the statement ceiling.

If you’re after ease and simplicity then you might be like me and usually find yourself painting the ceiling exactly the same colour as the walls. However after seeing this gallery of inspiration you might be tempted to get the roller out and add a statement shade to your ceiling.

Although it’s more of a faff then painting one wall, the result is way more impactful and adds huge amounts of interest and character. I think particularly with the dark ceilings you need to consider the floor covering (and I don’t just mean while painting said ceiling). This look seems to work far better with a wooden floor than a regular berber carpet. However when you scroll down to the lighter images I feel there wouldn’t be a conflict with a neutral carpet.

Dark Ceilings

  • If you like dark accents it’s a great way to tie the room together, particularly if you have dark picture frames
  • To draw attention to coving and period detail, or if you have none of these features, to add some drama in a plain space
  • If you have a big picture window then painting the ceiling dark can draw the eye towards the view
  • If your ceilings are incredibly high and make the room too expansive then painting dark will give the illusion of a lower ceiling which can make the room cosier. However, apparently (and I think I need to be convinced of this) if your ceiling is very low it’ll make it look taller.
  • If you want to define a particular space, perhaps it’s all open plan and you’d like to highlight a particular area then painting the space above in a contrasting shade can help

Walls and Ceilings In The Same Shade

Now I do this already in my house but just with various shades of white! For a darker hue I love this look in certain houses but I can’t imagine using it in my own pad. In the right space however it does seem very cocooning and creates an impressive backdrop if you have more unusual decorative art, furnishings and lighting.

Pastel Shades

I think we all know now that I’m scared of colour but the nursery below from 100 Layer Cake is adorable. Such a pretty way to lift a space and make a design statement without going overboard.

Tips For Painting A Ceiling

  • Use a thick pile roller with an extension handle rather than a paint brush
  • Consider using a matt emulsion rather than satin as it’s generally more forgiving and will hide imperfections.
  • If you can’t move furniture to another room then move into the centre of the room
  • Ideally use dust sheets or drop cloths to cover the floor and furniture as those cheap plastic sheets often get tangled up
  • Paint the ceiling before the walls for minimal cutting in and so any inevitable wall splatters can be covered later on
  • Apply the roller in a zigzag formation before going back over in one general direction to minimise missing certain areas
  • Ideally paint in daylight so it makes it easier to spot areas you may have missed with the roller
  • Do you fancy a painted ceiling? What colour would you or have you gone for?


    Header image by Coco Lapine Design

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    8 thoughts on “The Fifth Wall

    1. Loving the painted ceiling! I painted the bathroom ceiling grey in my old house and loved the effect. But that blush pink is just gorgeous. Never thought I would like that but it’s such a subtle way of bringing in some colour without overdoing it. I’ve just moved into a new build house so there are plenty of rooms to decorate! Might just be tempted to try out one or two of these ideas.

    2. I do love those inspo images Lauren! I think it looks better with some coving. I’ve previously painted Anna’s nursery ceiling in light blue and it looked great. The only thing I’d say if you’re considering going for pastels, choose a much lighter and dare I say muddier version of what you think you want. Once spread over the whole ceiling (probably the biggest wall in the whole room!) the colour has much bigger impact than you’d imagine so subtle is definitely the way to go. I ended up watering my specially chosen shade with lots of white to get the look I intended.

      1. I imagine with coving Kat it’s easier to get a straighter edge too.
        Very good tip on the subtle shade. Thanks for that x

    3. Ooh I love this, but only in the the traditional rooms with coving. The pale grey is particularly stunning. Not a fan of the dark grey on the ceiling and walls – alright for a trendy bar or hotel lobby!

      I am in a new build Dulux Trade supermatte white ‘box’ but considering a soft shade of pink in our bedroom. Although I don’t think we will be here more than another 18-24 months and don’t know if it would be better to leave it white to make it easier to sell on?

    4. I have painted the ceiling in both of my children’s bedrooms! I was nervous at first but we have low cottage ceilings with sloping walls and we decided to paint the middle section (walls and ceiling) in f&B lulworth blue. It looks great! I used Laura Ashley pale amethyst in my daughters room and that looks beautiful on the ceiling (again with the slope on one wall!) So I can confirm it does work with low ceilings!

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