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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Don't Forget the 5th Wall!

One of the most overlooked areas of color for interiors is the ceiling. I encourage my clients to think of it as their 5th wall when considering colors for a room. If you are fortunate enough to have ceilings over 9ft. high, you have an infinite number of options that can be considered. For lower ceilings, the old rule of a white creating a feeling of height is being tested and challenged! A well considered deep color can add expansiveness and make the eye feel that there is more height to the room. Deeper color in a room with high ceilings can give the space a much more intimate feeling. Even a lighter tint of the wall color selected can bring a wonderful sense of cohesion to a room.

Remember, just as with all paint colors, it must be viewed on the horizontal or vertical wall where it will be applied. Colors will appear darker on the ceiling than when viewed vertically. Challenge yourself to break out of the white ceiling rut and enjoy that 5th wall!