paint for low ceilng house

kit222October 17, 2012

Our ceiling height is 8'. our painter suggests that we paint the ceiling, trims, and doors in sherwin williams (SW) dover white flat. He suggests the wall be in kelly moore (KM) cottage white or cotton lace (eggshell or satin). pls advise on how we could make the ceiling looks higher. specifically:

1. what sheen should it be for the ceiling - some say a higher sheen could bounce off the light and hence make the ceiling look higher. If flat the right sheen?

2. should the crown molding and baseboards be painted the same color as the ceiling or should they be the same color as the wall?

3. what is the color one or two shades darker than SW's dover white? should we use that color for the wall instead?

4. Is satin the right sheen for bathrooms and/or kitchen? should we use semi gloss?

5. Should the doors be in gloss or semi gloss?

6. any other suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated.


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The ceiling is usually dead flat, flatter than a flat wall. That's the whole concept behind ceiling flat. Anything with a sheen will much easier show brush/roll marks unless done perfectly.
The color of the crown/base/trim/doors is of your choosing. The guys/girls at the paint store should be able to help you with these decisions, as it depends on your color scheme. The have color cards to assist you in deciding.
Eggshell or Satin or SG should all be OK for baths & kitchens, IF you are using a decent quality product. If you are only looking at price, all bets are off.
one more tip: Go to a real paint store, not Lowes or HD or Walmart, PLEASE!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 9:11PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I'd suggest posting this in the home decor'll get lots of suggestions there.

I would go with a flat ceiling, and keep the ceiling a the same color, but a lighter shade than the walls in the room. For example, with Ben Moore color preview, pick the second or third one down on the paint color strip for the wall and then one or 2 shades lighter for the ceiling. It helps unify the space and will help raise the ceiling. Trim should be painted all the same and in a white if your colors tend to be cool or a bone if your colors tend to be warm.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 10:09AM
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