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How To Paint Angled Ceilings

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

I am very lucky to be a colour consultant with my own paint crew in my back pocket. It means I often get to make decisions on the fly. I can ask my crew to paint things or not paint things so I can see how it looks without committing to the entire wall or room.

Most designers and colour consultants would kill for that kind of flexibility with their painter. It's a big advantage for my customers too.

Case in point was the last interior job we did.

My homeowner had hired Warline to paint the interior of her one year-old town home in Cloverdale. She had waited a full year after buying her new home to paint so that any cracks or nail pops from settling could be dealt with when we painted. If you can handle a year with white walls, this is a super smart thing to do. 

Some photos of the house before we painted. It gives you an idea of the angles on the ceiling and the open concept of the main floor.

The day I was there to do a colour consult it was really overcast and rainy. That can be challenging for a colour consult where natural light is going to play a big part in the space. The other challenge was the ceiling; a combination of a steep pitch over the living room that opened up to a high ceiling over the dining area. Going from all white walls and ceilings to putting colour on the walls was going to accentuate those angles and the various pitches of the ceiling.  The first decision we made was to only use one colour on the main floor. The open concept space and upper floor balcony meant there were no good places for colour transitions or for a feature colour wall.

My idea was to leave the vertical piece of wall between the two ceilings white, joining the ceilings together to become one big ceiling. But I wasn't sure it would work. The ceilings themselves were textured and this piece of wall was painted white. Although the ceilings and walls looked the same colour white, on a sunny day they might look very different. I didn't want that wall to look like we forgot to paint it, instead of it looking like part of the ceiling.

That's where my great team came in. I explained to the homeowner what I thought would look best but also that we needed to see it to make sure it would work. I asked my team to leave the section white and paint the rest of the room. Once there was a coat of paint on it would be pretty easy to determine if the wall needed to be painted or not. We were also expecting some sunshine the next day. In good daylight we could see if the wall being white would match up to the textured ceiling close enough to treat it as ceiling.

It was the right call.

As soon as the rest of the room was painted my homeowner stood back and looked at the ceiling. I was planning on coming back at that point to help her decide but she didn't need me to. Leaving the wall white helped make the ceiling look more uniform. Painting it the wall colour would have created a large arrow on her ceiling and made the ceiling over the living room area look like a cave. 

When we were finished I had our photographer, Ina come in and take some pictures so I could show you what we did. I think she did a fantastic job capturing the way the ceiling looks from various angles.

Looking up you can really see how leaving the wall white made it look like it was part of the ceiling.

Using photoshop, I created a visual mockup of the ceiling so that you can see what it would have looked like if we had painted the wall.

My virtual mock up shows you what the wall would have looked like painted.

Here's another angle.

From upstairs you can see the difference even more. Again I used photoshop to show you the difference.

This is a tricky ceiling and my guess is most painters wouldn't think twice about whether or not to paint out that angle. It goes to show how sometimes colour placement decisions (or in this case colour non-placement) are best made in progress. It can be hard to visualize what a space will look like until you have some colour. 

Now this ceiling looks large and open and what you notice is the warm wall colour and big windows. 

Don't you agree?

Posted by: Livia
This was a difficult one. You and your team knew the steps to take and in the end it came out amazing!

Thanks Livia. I have a great team who give me a lot of room to work like this.

Posted by: Linda holt
What a fabulous job! Without a doubt you made the right call.thanks do much for sharing this as I just went to a home similar to this and have been thinking about the best way to treat the ceiling. Your clients are so lucky to have you!

Thanks a bunch Linda. :)

Posted by: Tricia
Well done Heidi, absolutely the right choice! I second the notion that some decisions must be made during the work in progress. The balance changes all the time.

Thanks Tricia. Glad you stopped by.

Posted by: Jil Sonia Interiors
What an awesome job! A huge key to getting the designer look is not only the correct colour, but the correct colour placement. Bravo - well done, your client must be thrilled.

Thanks Jil. I couldn't agree more about colour placement being so important in the job turning out great.

Posted by: Susan Besser
Heidi This is brilliant. Thanks for much for sharing this post. Adding the mockups really help as well. Well done.

Thanks for stopping by Susan. Glad you liked the post.

Posted by: Kristie Barnett
Brilliant! Looks great - it's so wonderful that you are able to offer your clients this kind of insight into color placement!

Thanks Kristie. I love it too. I get some great opportunities to learn what works best this way.

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