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8 Reasons Designers Are Painting Ceilings

These interior design experts explain how the concept of painting your ceiling can elevate your home's design — in more than one way.

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Photo: Mary Costa. From: Caitlin Murray.

Make the Space Feel Larger

Black ceilings can make a small space feel larger, explains Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design, located in Los Angeles. "I chose a velvety black for the ceiling to make the space feel that much larger. As counterintuitive as it might sound, a black ceiling can open up a small space and create the illusion that the ceilings are higher than they really are. In this particular space, the black ceiling and bright white walls also balanced the more saturated hues of the furnishings and decor."

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Photo: Amy Bartlam. From: Kelly Sutton.

Elevated Design

Painting a ceiling is another way to create impactful design. "Ceilings are often an afterthought, but I like to accent them because it can really change the entire mood of the space. Highlighting them with a dark color or a patterned wallpaper all of a sudden elevates the entire design," says Kelly Sutton of Sutton House, located in New Orleans.

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Photo: Chipper Hatter. From: Kristianne Watts.

Unexpected Interest

Implementing a striped ceiling into this kitchen's design creates a lasting impact, explains Calif. designer Kristianne Watts. "We wanted to bring some color and a little interest into this kitchen, and play up the decorative pendants over the island. The ceiling was a blank canvas to create something that would be classic and give a little unexpected element to this space. We liked the idea of bold stripes to run with this transitional modern home."

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Photo: David Lauer Photography, Design By: Devon Tobin and Miranda Cullen of Duet Design Group. From: Duet Design Group.

Ceilings Are the 5th Wall

Often forgotten, ceilings left blank don't enhance the room's design. "We consider ceilings the 5th wall. As designers, it is our responsibility to address every aspect of a space including the ceiling. From accent paints to a fabulous wallcovering or an insane light fixture we use the ceiling as the 'cherry on top' of a thoughtful room design," explains Miranda Cullen with Duet Design Group.

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