Painting Kitchen Ceilings

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Kitchen of the HGTV Dream Home 2013 located on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

Photo by: Eric Perry © 2012, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Eric Perry, 2012, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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Completely overhauling a kitchen can be costly, but painting a kitchen ceiling is one way to reinvent your space without breaking the bank.

Elegant Transitional Kitchens

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Pleasant Mix

This spacious transitional kitchen mixes traditional white cabinetry and a maple-top island with modern stainless steel appliances and fixtures. The result is a crisp, clean kitchen with simple yet stylish appeal. Design by Thomas A. Conway

Classic Style

Ideal for hosting parties or cooking for two, this functional kitchen features an arched vent hood, detailed cabinetry and alcoves built in above the stove to hold spices, oils and other flavorings for convenient cooking. Design by Gail Drury

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Warm Palette

The dark wood cabinetry, neutral tile backsplash and beige walls help make this cozy kitchen a warm and inviting atmosphere. A built-in wine refrigerator is the perfect accompaniment to bar seating and provides additional countertop space for entertaining. Design by Beth Haley

Lively Tone

Designer James Howard turned a small, cramped kitchen into a sleek and pleasing space by adding an earth-toned splash of color. The tan and cream backsplash complements the light cabinetry while adding an additional element of warmth. Both under-cabinet lighting and recessed lighting reflect off the backsplash and cabinetry, creating a vibrant and lively kitchen.

Tropical Surroundings

Sage, orange and yellow serve as a pleasing color combination in this tropical kitchen. To spice up the country, rustic wood furnishings and balance the two varying design styles, designer Amy Bubier added a sleek and contemporary dining table with simple upholstered chairs, as well as modern light fixtures and accessories to create a dynamic and vigorous atmosphere.

Think Green

From the ceiling to the chair upholstery, designer Shelly Riehl David successfully showcases a sunny lime hue throughout this charming kitchen. To tone down the bright lime, she matched it with soft shades of ivory and gray.

From: Shelly Riehl David

Floor-to-Ceiling Color

Designer Ken Kelly didn't leave out a single detail when creating this kitchen masterpiece. The ceiling's peacock feather detail draws in the room's hues, from the colorful tile flooring to the eclectic backsplash and bold blue walls.

Cook's Corner

Dark wood cabinetry and tan tile flooring are immediately brightened by a flourish of natural light and neutral beige walls. For a crisp, clean look, designer Velvet Hammerschmidt cleared off the countertops and kept the decor to a minimum. This allows the contemporary light fixtures and colorful breakfast nook cushions to claim the spotlight.

Elegant Additions

To spice up the cherry wood cabinetry in this sophisticated kitchen, RMS user kasint integrated customized tin inserts on the range hood and island soffit. An oversized island provides just the right amount of space for setting up a small buffet during a party or casually dining on bar stools.

Nature's Own

This earth-friendly kitchen features Lyptus cabinetry, a sustainable tropical hardwood, and concrete countertops for a natural look that's also good for the environment. RMS user sandradinohio added stainless steel appliances, chairs and accessories to modernize the space while still providing familiar traditional elements.

Paint is one affordable way to fix up your kitchen, and it can work wonders on your walls, cabinets, floors and even your ceilings. In fact, many interior designers believe that painted ceilings give kitchens a much-needed burst of color.

A painted kitchen ceiling can also help draw the eye upward or bring high ceilings down. It's a nice way to completely envelop a room in color if you choose to paint your ceiling and walls the same color. But choosing the right color for a kitchen ceiling can be tricky.

Before choosing a color, look at your space and find a shade that works best with the other accents in the room. It's also important to consider how much light your kitchen gets. Light blue is a good go-to color for kitchen ceilings. Reminiscent of the sky, it feels light and airy.

If you have a really large kitchen and very high ceilings, you can go with a more bold hue such as dark gray or navy blue. To avoid highlighting any imperfections on your ceiling, it's best to use a flat finish, but some interior designers like to use a glossy finish for new homes to reflect light and add some dimension to the space.

Painting a ceiling can be a pain in the neck (literally!), but it's a relatively easy project that you can do yourself. Before you begin painting, make sure to cover your floor, countertops, cabinets, appliances and any other surfaces with a drop cloth. Using painter's tape, cover the area where the wall meets the ceiling, unless you're using the same color on both surfaces.

Before you begin painting, make sure to buy a paint roller with an extension handle so you can easily reach the ceiling without standing on a ladder. If your ceiling is textured, you'll want to use a thick-nap roller to ensure you can completely cover the irregularities in the surface.

Once you're ready to start painting, you'll want to prime the ceiling. Once the primer is dry, paint a 2- to 3-inch cut-in line on the ceiling using a paintbrush. Make sure to start painting the ceiling with your roller while the cut-in line is still wet to avoid having a visible line. Then, make a zigzag pattern with your roller and go over that with straight strokes to even out the paint. Let the first coat dry and then start the same process over again for a second coat.

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