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6 Steps to a Spectacular Ceiling

Don’t Forget the 5th Wall – Ceilings Need Love, Too!

When painting a room, it’s easy to get caught up in the basics: wall color and trim. People often get so overwhelmed with the “four walls” of their space that they overlook one of the most important areas of the room — the ceiling. Often referred to as the 5th wall, it’s a large, visible space that, if given some love, can totally transform a room.

Every wall is an opportunity. Imagine if Michelangelo skipped the ceiling!

The ultimate ceiling: The Sistine Chapel

Often less expensive than wall paint, ceiling paint is manufactured to dry faster and splash less, cover imperfections and is usually pretty easy to work with. Ceiling paints are created to be extra flat; this scatters the light and blurs imperfections on large surfaces. That’s why you don’t use ceiling paint on walls — the trade-off for that extra flat finish means it’s less washable. Thankfully, unless your Spiderman, you won’t have pesky fingerprints to clean.

When preparing for your ceiling paint, pay special attention to the light and how it reflects upwards on the space. The green from your landscaping can influence how the color reads, just as a cooler blue tone can be case if you live near a body of water.

The white ceiling provides a finished feel and welcomes the natural light. Here, they upped the game with a gloss finish.

6 Steps to a Spectacular Ceiling:

  1. White: Usually the most obvious ceiling choice is white. It’s a safe choice that’s effective at making ceilings brighter, especially when the walls are lighter, giving it a traditional, clean feel. Typically, you match the ceiling to the same white shade as the trim. This is a great option for a bright, open areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
  2. Monochramatic: Another option is to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, providing a monochromatic feel. Soothing to the eye, it adds an element of depth and drama, often making the ceilings appear higher. This affect will “erase” the boundary between the walls and ceiling.
  3. Use a percentage: Get creative and go a shade darker or lighter to add depth, dimension and interest. Darker ceilings will allow a room to feel a little lower and more intimate (best for higher ceilings), while a shade lighter than the wall color provides a lifting effect.
  4. Add a pop of color: Go crazy on the ceiling! Paint it a totally different color or create a design to make a statement. It’s your home after all, so it should reflect you and your creativity! Bright colors can add a sense of fun and whimsy to kids spaces without overwhelming the whole room.

    Colorful kids room

    Kids rooms are the perfect place to let your creative juices flow!

  5. Shine on: Adding a gloss to the ceiling makes a major design statement by creative a reflective, minor-like surface. It can brighten the entire room, make the color seem more intense and make the ceilings seem higher. So chic.

    Kitchen ceiling painted in Cousteau gloss, C2-713

    C2 Paint LUXE offers the beauty of full spectrum color with a gloss sheen, and can be tined to any color imaginable.

  6. Don’t forget porch ceilings: One of the most revered paint colors for porches is pale blue to add a classic design detail that gives the space personality. Though made famous in the south, this color is popular nationwide for a variety of reasons: some say it brings the outside in; others say it keeps away evil spirits and wasp nests…but most everyone agrees it’s a soothing color for relaxing outdoors.

 

 



3 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Decor for Summer

Looking for a pop of color to spruce up your space this summer? Here are the quick color fixes to get you geared up for the warm weather.

1. Paint the inside of your front door: It’s like wearing your favorite rock star t-shirt underneath a business suit. Only those close to you can appreciate your unique style. With colors like Al Green (an energetic, yellow-green), Diva (a deep, sophisticated red) and Pond Shimmer (an eye-catching green blue from the Barry Dixon Collection)… your front door will become your newest work of art, and can change with the seasons – or your mood!

 

C2 Paint Al Green

Paint the inside of the front door to add color and the element of surprise!

2. Paint Kitchen Cabinets: They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so use colors, and products, that last! C2’s revolutionary Cabinet and Trim Paint features patented Polywhey® technology — a safe, easy-to-use finish using recycled dairy whey protein. The result is a smooth, porcelain-hard finish that is one of the most eco-friendly and durable products in the marketplace (p.s. it’s also great for floors!)

Designers Catherine and Justine Macfee transformed this kitchen to achieve a farm-to-table feel with a modern twist. They took advantage of every surface, using Parchment (C2-915) for the walls and Filament (C2-798) for the cabinetry. To top it off, they artfully mixed a pattern on the floor, with Urbane (C2-808) and stripes of Filament for a personal touch.

C2 Cabinet & Trim

Painting cabinets tell a color story in your kitchen

3. Paint an Accent Wall: An easy and effective way to add color to a room is to paint an accent wall using a super premium paint like C2 Luxe in a sophisticated, eye-catching color.  Draw attention to beautiful bookshelves, while adding contrast and energy to the space. Try a deep, powerful blue like Espionage (C2-742).

C2 Paint Espionage

Deep, rich colors can create an interesting focal point

Tell us how you spruce up your space for summer!

 



The Journey Back to Black: The Nuances of Dark Walls

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There is something undeniably glamorous about a minimalist stance — the balancing act of reduction; the idea of “less is more”. But to eclipse color and blanket everything with black holds a magic of its own.   Currently, I am experiencing … Continue reading

Top 10 Tricks the Pros Use When Choosing Paint Color:

It’s always fun to pop into the paint store and check out the latest color trends, imaging the magical transformation a new paint color creates. There is no other tool in the designer’s kit that brings a bigger bang for the design buck than fresh paint.

There’s nothing worse than a near-miss when it comes to color. Sure, the all-out color disaster would qualify, but how often does that happen with paint? Not nearly as often as those near-misses. We see them often.

To keep you from heading towards disaster, keep the following tips in minds as you dream of stunning new color…

When choosing paint color, always try before you buy


Top 10 Tricks the Pros Use When Choosing Color:

  1. Do not choose your color in the paint store without taking it home for a test run.

  2. Pick up a wet paint sample and a mini roller (foam brushes don’t lay enough paint for an accurate color reading).

  3. Paint a minimum sample size on your wall that’s at least 24” x 24”. Bigger is always better.

  4. Test your color in three areas: in the corner, the wall opposite the largest window and the window wall itself (this way you can see the color on the lightest wall, darkest wall, while the corner will show you the most intensified color).

  5. The best time of day to choose colors is between 10am to 2pm – when the sun is highest in the sky.

  6. Take step #5 to heart, but make sure to analyze your color with your morning coffee and with your evening cocktails. Your color will look different during each time of day.

  7. Color is all about relationships. When it comes to choosing paint, make sure you have assembled all the important elements that will be in the room; sofa, carpet and tile, cabinetry, etc. The color of your paint is a lot easier to adjust than anything else in a design scheme (and even easier if you haven’t painted yet!)

  8. When comparing more than one color, make sure you can view your samples individually, otherwise the different colors will influence each other.

  9. Consider using a color professional. This is what they do, and you can save a lot of time and effort by heading in the right direction from the beginning.

  10. Give yourself enough time to find your perfect color. Taking your time minimizes the stress of making the ‘right’ decision, and you can make sure you’ve got it nailed down before the painter gets rolling!

Consider hiring a professional color expert. Here, interior designer Paula McHugh is working with Daly’s Dan Cookston.