How to Choose Colors for a Vaulted Ceiling

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Vaulted ceilings and open floor plans are very important elements in a home. The vaulting of the ceiling adds height and volume and often makes a home feel more spacious. An open floor plan also contributes an updated feeling to a house, allowing spaces to flow together so that each seems larger. When you paint a vaulted ceiling it is important to recognize that the vaulting adds significant value to the home and it would be a mistake to ignore the ceiling or simply paint it white. Determining a good color to enhance the vaulting and work with the combined spaces of an open floor plan is an important process.

Things You'll Need

  • Color palette
  • Paint color fan
  • Sample quarts
  • Paintbrush
  • Assemble a color palette for the room with the vaulted ceiling and any adjacent rooms that flow into it. Collect floor samples, curtain samples, upholstery samples, photographs of rugs, furniture, wood, metal, trim, light fixtures, hardware, textures and any other colors.

  • Acquire a paint color fan from your paint store. A paint fan is a collection of all of the colors of paint available from a paint manufacturer. Place your color palette collection in the center of the floor of the room with the vaulted ceiling. Do this on a day of typical light for the room. This will allow you to see all of your colors in the condition where they will be positioned.

  • Look for neutral cohesive colors that will work as warm background colors with your palette. Usually you can find a number of colors in the groups of white, beige, tan, clay, gray or soft colors. The color you select should work in all of the rooms even if you use different colors on some walls.

  • Select three or four wall colors you are most attracted to for the vaulted room. Have sample quarts mixed up for your walls. At the same time have a sample quart made up of each color several shades lighter as a ceiling paint option. Make sure your wall and ceiling paint pairs are clearly identified.

  • Paint large 4-by-4 foot swatches on the ceiling and walls. Position the companion wall and ceiling paints near each other so you can see them in relation to each other. Allow the paint to dry overnight. Examine the paint colors at different times of the day, as different light conditions will change how colors look. Select your favorite combination and paint your walls and ceilings.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you paint them staying in the same color family, your ceiling and your wall will work together to create a warm and finished feeling. The ceiling is likely to look white against the darker tone of the wall, but the feeling of high contrast will not be present. This will make the room feel more peaceful.

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