The Forgotten Fifth Wall
So you just painted your bath and it looks great! No more pulling the shower curtain to hide your ugly peeling walls. Congratulations! You did a pretty good job but before you begin to pat yourself on the back, take a look at your bathroom ceiling. Oh, oh, you forgot didn’t you! Professional designers know that it takes more than four walls to create a room.
Unfortunately when remodeling their bathing area, the average home renovator neglects to take their ceiling into account. Regrettably discolored ceilings with peeling paint can undermine the hard work you spent on your beautifully painted walls. And even worse, most painting mistakes trace back to a lack of prep work. But take heart! Fortunately painting your bath ceiling is just another project for the courageous bath remodeler to tackle when beautifying their unsightly lavatory.
Can you really get away with not painting your bathroom ceiling? Compared to your beautifully painted bath walls, I think in your heart you know the answer! Does your ceiling look grey and dingy or are there water stains or yellow nicotine discoloration if you or the previous owner was a smoker? I know you are probably thinking to yourself, but painting my ceiling is literally a pain in the neck (no pun intended) even with a roller attached to an extension arm.
Finish Your Bathroom Right!
Nice try. If you look at your ceiling again you can really see just how much more it now sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the elegance of your new wall paint. Unfortunately recoating your ceiling with a gallon of paint may be the only solution if you want to give your washroom a professional finished look.
But what if there is nothing wrong with your bath ceiling? Should you paint it anyway? Go ahead, it’s cheap and easy, especially if you want to update your boring white ceiling with a little bit of colour. Homeowners can paint their ceiling to give it a more finished look at a relatively low cost. You can even be creative with the paint by creating interesting borders through stenciling on your ceiling.
The great thing about paint is that if you get bored of the color, all you have to do is just roll on another coat of primer and decorate it with another hue. Just be careful not to make the color of your ceiling darker than the surrounding walls or else the room may appear to be overtly cramped since dark ceilings tend to optically reduce the height.
Forgetting your ceiling is the “fifth wall” in the room is a common newbie mistake. Thankfully you now know better. So which color should you choose to paint your bathroom ceiling? Just like your powder room walls, the best way to choose a hue for your ceiling is to start with an inspiration that is visual such as a rug, picture or tile and repeat the color throughout the room.
Unfortunately even seasoned bath designers disagree on how to finish the ceiling. If you do expect to paint your ceiling a tint, you should probably paint it a few shades lighter than what you originally picked because most ceilings tend to look a tad darker than the original color swatch.
Understanding How Color Affects Your Ceiling
If you are still dead set on the color white to coat your ceiling, a decorator’s white, as compared to a plain stark glaring white, will give your bath ceiling a distinctive, yet non obtrusive line. This division helps separate your painted walls from your ceiling and helps bring out the architectural features of the room. It is important to note that if you paint your walls a savvy solid color and choose to leave your ceiling white, it may bring undue attention to the starkness of the wall.
To counter this blatant disparity, you could repeat the same color of your room’s walls but use a shade or two lighter to keep your ceiling “grounded” so to speak. Another consideration is if you have a vaulted ceiling (anything above nine feet), it may be in your best interest to go one shade darker than the wall color to optically lower the space and make the room seem cozier.
Transfigure the Room
If your bathroom ceiling is yellowed by age, if you see grease or dirt on the ceiling or if it is cracked or peeling it’s probably a good idea to repaint the wall. With ceilings nine feet or less, use a lighter color than your bath walls to open up the space. You can also use ceiling lights to brighten the wall. Good design is in the details so the same goes for your wall trim as well.
Whether it is your window or door trim, baseboards or moulding, a fresh coat of paint is a quick and easy way to improve the look of your bath. An important thing to remember if you want to make sure your next paint job looks like something out of a home decorating magazine, is to prime it first. With primer, when paint adheres to the ceiling’s surface, it will go on smoother and look more even for a professional finished look.