A sloped ceiling works either for or against a room; in a small room with few windows, the lowered ceilings often make the room feel cramped, but in a larger, lighter room, slanted ceilings create movement for the eye and add architectural interest. For either scenario, an interior paint plan can help hide or highlight your room's slanted walls.
Designers paint small rooms with sloped ceilings with one color to visually increase the space in the room. Painting the ceilings a slightly lighter shade than the walls further decreases the amount of contrast between the ceilings and walls, visually pushing the ceiling higher. If your room has light colored floors, picking a paint color that is similar to the floor color or choosing a semi-gloss for the ceiling will increase the feeling of spaciousness in the room even further.
To highlight the architectural interest that sloped ceilings lend a space, paint the ceilings and walls with contrasting colors. A lighter hue is favored for the ceiling to avoid making the room feel cavelike, but otherwise your tastes can dictate your color choices. Sloped ceilings create visually interesting wall shapes; to take advantage of your wall's geometry, paint only one of the triangular or semi-triangular walls a bright hue and paint the other walls and the ceiling white or light neutral. The colored wall becomes an instant focal point.
Using Three or More Colors
If only part of the ceiling is slanted and the other area is flat, you may want to use three colors: paint the flat area one color, the slanted area another and the walls a third. Choose three colors if you want to do vertical striping; two closely matched hues for the stripes and a white or light neutral for the ceiling. Vertical stripes add more architectural interest to a space while raising the height of the ceiling, making it an ideal paint treatment for a room with slanted ceilings.
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