To add drama and sophistication to a room, try painting the ceiling

  • A ceiling painted in Copley Gray by Benjamin Moore in Ultra Flat finish. Benjamin Moore via The Washington Post

  • A ceiling painted in Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore in matte finish. MUST CREDIT: Photo courtesy Benjamin Moore. Handout

  • The author’s den-like space is painted in Bavarian Forest by Benjamin Moore, a deep color in the blue-green family. Photo for The Washington Post by Hannah Selinger. Photo by Hannah Selinger

The Washington Post
Published: 5/21/2022 5:17:23 PM
Modified: 5/21/2022 5:17:05 PM

My husband and I are moving to a house with a complicated room, a room that requires a vision.

We had selected a color for the space in question, a den-like, narrow family room with a feature fireplace: Benjamin Moore’s Bavarian Forest, a deep shade in the blue-green family. But the line that determined what was ceiling and what was wall was uncertain, my painter pointed out, which was why he suggested it. “I think you paint the ceilings,” he said. I imagined the room swathed in deep green, from the trim to the brick fireplace to, yes, the ceilings. He was right. I told him to do it.

Extending color to the ceiling can add visual interest, texture and sophistication to a room, without much effort. Here’s why you should try it, and how to implement it in your own home.

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