It has been quite a slog back to the blog, but here we are on a fiercely hot summer day in Philadelphia and I am typing away with only a slight ache in my right wrist, my slightly stiff fingers doing their darnedest to move around the keyboard.
I was off radar until April. In-home and on-site color consulting has been happening happily and successfully (with clients carrying my heavy bags of tricks) since then because my eyeballs work just fine. Pain affects my mood but not my vision. Yay!
I’m prepping many Before & After shots for you. But for today, I have a bit about Ceilings and Woodwork:
Pay attention to the colors of the ceilings and the woodwork! By woodwork, I mean the trim around windows, doors, crown molding, wainscoting, chair rails…
For some reason, these parts of a room are often overlooked or considered throw-aways. AAARRRRGGGHHH.
The Woodwork is “just white” they tell me. AAARRRGGGHHH. Sorry, Gang, in the mystical world of shimmering light and color, there is no such thing as “just white”.
I recommend experimenting with warm whites and cool whites to see which works best with your wall color and furnishings. Seriously. Woodwork is like a line drawing leading you from room to room through the colors you are using in the painting you are making in your house/apartment/workspace.
Yes, you are making a painting in which to live your life.
Ceiling White is a flat white usually on its way to grey. Often, it’s a cool grey. If a cool greywhite is best for your color scheme, then hey go for it with a Ceiling White, remembering that ceiling whites vary by manufacturer).
I have noticed that many of my clients are choosing a palette on the warm side, and cool greyish ceiling white DOES NOTHING for the look of the room. Why throw away the sixth wall in a room? Some ceiling paints are white enough to be tinted into a warmer shade like Simply White OC-17 or Snowfall White OC-18. Ask your paint store people about the formulas.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Maybe that ceiling needs to be a color. Maybe that ceiling would work well with the shine of semi-gloss or a satin. Pay attention to the ceilings. Have some fun. Make it beautiful.
When you walk into a home that looks and feels really wonderful, trust me that they have included woodwork and ceilings in the color selection process!
Onward we go. Enjoy the summertime, Good People,
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2 thoughts on “Ceiling and Woodwork Color is Crucial.”
Barbara, I’m so glad you write this blog, and that your wrist is better! I’m renovating a 2-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. Great light, great expanse of space. I’ve suggested that we paint the ceilings in all the public areas in high gloss warm white. The walls will be a cooler satin finish white, and the millwork is all warm white. The foyer will be a deep warm gray. Can’t wait to show you pictures! KC
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Sounds good, KC. I like to mix up the finishes, too. Looking forward to seeing the pics!