Painting Your High Ceiling
The right paint color for your high ceiling will wrangle those runaway ceilings down to size. Here are several ideas for you when you decide to paint your high ceiling. When the ceiling is on the cusp of too-tall, apply the 8-foot rule to determine the best paint color choice. If it’s under 8 feet, paint the ceiling one or two shades lighter than the walls. Sunny yellow walls get a creamy pale yellow ceiling; mushroom walls fade into a ceiling painted in unbleached linen or sand. For ceilings more than 8 feet overhead, choose paint two shades darker than your walls. Mint walls and an apple-green ceiling create a cheerful kitchen. Silver-gray living room walls with a dove or medium-gray ceiling balance the height with subtle color. Bring the high ceiling down to size with rich, warm color that seems to envelop the space. Lower the ceiling even farther by painting a border around the upper wall in the same color paint.
The strong color keeps the ceiling from feeling infinite, and the same paint on the wall confuses the sense of where ceiling and wall begin and end, making the walls seem shorter. Warm pumpkin-orange is cozy on a high ceiling. Lime with a lot of yellow in it is cheerful in a playroom. Add a contrasting frame of crown molding on the walls around the entire room at the level where the ceiling color and wall color meet, to further integrate the upper wall with the ceiling.