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Should My Ceiling Be The Same Color as The Walls?

While homeowners may be making arrangements to update the appearance of their living space, they may not know what to do with the ceiling. Truth is, ceilings have a tremendous impact on the decoration, overall look, and feel of a room. Deciding whether or not to use the existing (or new) wall color for your ceiling depends on a variety of factors we’ll explore in this article. Check out this infographic for a brief overview of some of the primary considerations, then continue reading to learn more about how Padlo’s Perfect Painting can carry out all of your interior painting needs.

Room Size

Ceiling colors can visually alter the perception of the size of a room. Tall, vaulted white ceilings tend to make any room look a bit cold or bare. Applying a color that’s a few shades darker can help “shrink” the visual size of the room since warmer colors often create the illusion of a lower ceiling and a cozier space. Paints with a flat or matte finish can introduce a velvety look to cover blemishes on the surface. Conversely, a smaller room with a low ceiling painted a light color can make the ceiling appear even higher, resulting in a more spacious looking area. Considering the size of any given room makes the difference between the space appearing homey and intimate, sleek and spacious, or a mix between the two.


Going with the same color as the existing walls can lead to a uniform, monochromatic feel. This painting technique works exceptionally well for light, neutral colors like beige, off-white, or light gray. Depending on other elements in the room (flooring, furniture, additional fixtures, etc.), this can produce a striking contrast. For example, soft beige walls and ceiling wrapped over dark, hardwood floors could be very visually pleasing. Uniform warm or dark colors provide a delicate balance in a room that receives plenty of natural light.

Accent Ceiling

You might consider making the ceiling a different color, texture, or design than the walls in a room that lacks a focal point. This approach would allow you to be bold and use the ceiling as a sort of mural that can complement your furnishings. Whether you’re going for cottage-style, victorian, or mid-century modern aesthetic, a ceiling can function as a blank canvas to enhance the overall decor.

So, to answer the question of “Should my ceiling be painted the same color as my walls?” — it depends! For more information about having your ceiling painted by Padlo’s Perfect Painting, contact us today.

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Matt and Team Padlo are professionals who excel at their craft and provide a great experience. My ROI is seen immediately with the finished product. A significant value add with this project of completing a 23 x 20 rec room for my kids. I've already requested Matt to complete my next painting project. I highly recommend Matt and his team. Thank you.

Adrienne V. in Philadelphia, PA

My husband and I moved into a new construction ( read: all walls were builders white ) home and didn't paint anything for over a year. Once finding out we were pregnant we decided it was time to paint everything while having painting our nursery. We were at a paint store looking at samples and grabbed a bunch of business cards and called every one. Matt Padlo called us back within the hour, came to our house, took measurements and gave us a quote all in the same day. As a matter of fact we hired Padlos Perfect Painting and they started work BEFORE most of the others returned our call. Matt also had a designer come do a walk through ( at no additional cost ) which ended up being a huge help, we ended up picking three different shades of gray, and adding some accent walls, and painting our babys closet a gorgeous tangerine orange which we absolutely love. Matt and his team were polite and professional while keeping our house clean and furniture protected. They were quick and did amazing work. I can't recommend them enough!

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