In this room you see decisions that lowered the ceiling. Read about the solutions, then see how many issues you can identify. The answers are at the bottom.**
Solutions with Paint
|Improper Accenting Lowers the Ceiling|
- Don't accent the crown molding or the baseboards. Paint them in the wall color, using a satin enamel for durability, or to add a subtle difference in texture.
- Use the wall color on the ceiling; or
- Use a much lighter version of the wall color on the ceiling. Many designers will spec a quarter or half formula of the color; however, I often prefer to look at a paint strip to get an idea of what several lighter versions will look like, before making a choice. Always make a large sample on foam core and tape it to the ceiling to see how it works. Color will change, depending on the orientation in which it's viewed. Never choose a ceiling color holding the sample board vertically!
- Use a light color on the ceiling that's in low contrast with the wall color. Avoid stark white which will make the room feel cold.
- If the room has a chair rail, paint it the wall color to avoid cutting the wall in half.
- Hang window treatments at the top of the wall, whenever possible, never at the top of the window.
Decisions that Lowered the Ceiling:
- The ceiling is darker than the upper section of the wall.
- Skimpy crown molding and baseboards have been painted in a high contrast accent color.
- Chair rail in a high contrast accent color is cutting the room in half.
If Roger had been asked to paint this room, I would have done a (free) color consultation and suggested:
Option #1 - A Single Wall Color
- Use a single, warmer wall color to complement the wood floor, and
- Paint the skimpy crown, chair rail and baseboard in the wall color.
- Choose a lower contrast trim color that complements the new wall color.
Option #2 - Two Wall Colors
- Use different colors on the upper and lower walls, but choose ones with a similar Light Reflectance Value (LRV) for low contrast.
- Paint the chair rail (and possibly the ceiling, depending on how light the colors) in the upper wall color.
- Paint the wall register and baseboards in the lower wall color.
- Use a lighter color on the ceiling.
- Choose a lower contrast trim color that complemented the new wall color(s).
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