Design Bites: Painting Kitchen Ceilings

2010-12-14T07:00:00Z 2010-12-15T17:07:40Z Design Bites: Painting Kitchen CeilingsWritten by Erin Callier Feast Magazine | Inspired Local Food Culture/Midwest
December 14, 2010 7:00 am  • 

In the first installment of Design Bites, designer Amie Corley inspired us so much with her brilliant advice on colorful kitchen ceilings that we just couldn't resist shedding more light on this vibrant design concept.

"A painted ceiling can give a kitchen that much-need oomph of color," Corley says.

Local designer CJ Knapp agrees: "I consider ceilings the fifth wall. They should never be left out of the original design concept. Even if the ceilings are painted white, it should be on purpose to create an area that will reflect the light and bounce it back down to the dining and cooking surfaces."

Continuous Color

Knapp suggests that "color on ceilings should be used to draw your eye upwards or to bring a very tall ceiling down. Sometimes I will wrap the color up onto the ceiling to create a continuous feel to the room."

Seek Professional Help

When it comes to deciding what color best suits your kitchen, Knapp believes that "it's one of those areas where you should seek the advise of a professional. What looks good in a show house does not always translate well in your home. Color is the element that can make or break a design," says Knapp. Most professional will charge a small fee to come out and help you get it right the first time. Money well spent."

What Hue is Right for You?

You'll want to assess the natural light that you get in your kitchen to determine what color will work best in your own space," says Corley. "From my personal experience, I love any shade of blue on a kitchen ceiling. It yields a really airy and light feeling. If you want something cozier, especially if your ceilings are really high and want to bring the room ‘down,' a dark grey or black looks great."

Gloss Act

Corley suggests that "another way to play up the ceiling is with a glossy finish. Usually matte is the way to go-especially if you're in an old house with an imperfect ceiling, but if you've started from scratch and have a new ceiling, I love the look of these colors in high gloss. It is so reflective and gives dimension to a space.

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5 DIY Tips!

1. If you're taking on the project without professional help, be sure to cover your flooring, countertops, cabinets and any other surfaces within the slash-zone with a drop cloth.

2. Affix painter's tape around trim and on the wall where it meets the ceiling.

3. Use a paint roller with an extension handle so you can stand on the floor, rather than rolling on a ladder.

4. If your ceiling is textured, use a 1 1/2 or 2-inch thick nap roller cover to help you apply the paint evenly along all the nooks and crannies.

5. Begin by painting a 2- to 3-inch cut in line where the ceiling meets the wall. Start in the corner of the shortest length of the ceiling. For this part of the job, you will need a paintbrush and a stepladder.

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