Do I really want a ‘White’ Ceiling?

The question of what ceiling colour to use is a fairly common one, when we consider how much thought goes into the walls, it’s no wonder why when it comes to the ceilings it can be a real stumbling block. 

My answer is usually takes a few points into consideration:

  1. What is the look you are hoping to achieve?

2. How much light do we have to work with?

3.  Is there anything about your ceiling that warrants making a feature out of it?

First some base knowledge in ceiling whites:

A standard (untinted white) can be a very sharp fresh look. Most paint brands will manufacture both a tinted and an untinted version of their ceiling paint. The untinted paint is typically saved for those wanting to add a colour into it. The tinted paint comes with an amount of black tint already mixed in at the factory (the tradies refer to this as ‘shadow tint’).

So why the added black (shadow tint)? Though it is a very small amount of tint, it helps immensely with coverage – untinted white paint is very hard to get good coverage out of as it lacks the body achieved by adding just a touch of tint.

Now that we have that covered, lets think about the look you are after.


White Ceiling


If you like a clean fresh white ceiling,  where the hero of the room is the amazing wall colour you just selected, then stick with regular tinted ceiling white. This method also works for those that love to chop and change, meaning that the ceiling won’t require repainting each time the wall colour alters.  (See image beside)




If you like a more tonal look where the ‘white’ on the ceiling is much lighter than the wall, but not stark, you can choose to move the ceiling paint down to a quarter of your chosen wall colour. This will give a softer look. (See beside)





IMG_9693The other option is to go for an ‘all over’ look, where the walls and ceilings appear to be the same. To achieve this in a small space simply choose a half shade lighter and it will give the illusion of being the same colour or for large vaulted ceilings with plenty of light, the same colour for walls and ceilings is just fine (See raked ceiling beside – antique white USA)



So where does that leave you?

We suggest having a look at your ceiling and first deciding if there is anything feature worthy about it that you’d love to have pointed out, then decide if you have enough light to carry off a colour. As each house has it’s own personality and unique style we trust that there’s a look for everyone.