Tips for Painting Ceilings by Purple and Sage Property Maintenance

May 1, 2010

Spring is a time of renewal.  Most of us find ourselves wanting to freshen things up on the inside in the same way Spring freshens everything up on the outside.  Winters are long in Vermont, for sure.

When you want to renew and rejuvenate your home, one thing to consider is painting the walls a new color. That is a great idea, but may not be the only thing you want to consider!

If you are going to paint the walls, you should consider painting your ceilings, as well. You can change the color of your ceiling when you do your walls, or you can leave the color the same – but with new paint on the walls you might just want to renew the paint up above, as well!

It gives a room a true finished feel.

Most people choose white when painting ceilings, and there are some good reasons for this. White works well with other colors and it reflects light very well.  And of course, it’s a traditional color for the ceiling.

While homes used to be more simple and there were very few colors used for interiors or exteriors, that is not the case today.  There is a huge variety of color available for interior walls and ceilings now.  Yet white is still the main ceiling color that everyone uses in their homes.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • When painting ceilings white, you get to use more of the natural light that comes through your windows.
  • You do not have to use as many bulbs to light your home at night
  • White is a color that will bounce back all the light that hits it. If you were painting ceilings black, they would absorb the light and you would have to have more light sources to see. With white, the light bounces back and all over the place so that you can minimize how much light you need for one room.
  • White is great for light and it also potentially saves you a few cents in energy costs.
  • Painting ceilings white also helps the room seem more spacious. If you have short ceilings or small rooms, the white ceiling will give you more feeling of space. White opens up any space if you use it for painting ceilings, walls, or use if for carpet color.

White is harder to keep clean, but it is used quite often for the above reasons.

Now for some tips.

If you are painting ceilings white, but you think you want something that feels just a bit warmer,  go with an off white for the same effect. You can also change things up by using a textured paint or design for your ceiling.  It will give it a softer feel. This is also something you can do when you have flawed ceilings.  It helps hide those problem areas.  With that said, repainting a textured ceiling is not an easy task, so keep that in mind as you make your decision.

As always, if you find the thought of painting your house or ceilings daunting, give us a call to set up an appointment and we’ll provide you with a free estimate to do the job for you.  Check out our testimonials while you are here – our clients love our work and with a “Satisfaction Guarantee“, you can’t go wrong!

Penny and Julie

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