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Painting Rooms

posted 02-28-2021 06:04 AM

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 06:29 AM

... How many people paint their ceilings white and walls another color?? How many people paint the entire room the same color including the ceiling….

Sorry JTTC, I hate painting nearly as much as reading… I get a qualified painter to do that stuff.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 02-28-2021 06:41 AM

White ceilings, and every other room called “atrium white” sort of an off white when looked at against the ceiling. All my floors, woodwork, doors are natural oak.
My philosophy is let the furniture, wall decorations, etc be the paint and the walls be the canvas.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 02-28-2021 06:58 AM

I was the director of maintenance and grounds keeping at a big housing authority for about 12 years until I retired three years ago. A lot of times the ceiling color will have to do with the type of lighting and the windows for natural lighting you have in the room. If you have good lighting and use floor lamps or wall lighting it probably won’t make a difference what the ceiling is. With poor lighting, the white ceiling will reflect the light around the room better. It also differs with the colors you use in the room comparing lighter to darker colors, lighter – less lighting with darker colors you need more lighting. Just another hint, most companies now make ceiling paint that is thicker so it won’t drip as badly. Hope this helps, just my two cents worth. Good luck !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 02-28-2021 07:13 AM

I don’t remember any house I’ve ever lived in not having popcorn ceilings, which is always white. This house has three BRs. Mine is the only one whose walls aren’t white. Living room and dining room also white/white. The kitchen, of course, is wallpapered, with a yellow ceiling. The laundry is Yellow/Yellow (no popcorn). Bathrooms (two – no popcorn) are green/green.

One of the most attractive abodes I’ve ever seen was a condo an old friend lived in. I don’t remember the ceilings at all, but the walls were of some sort of pastel reddish, or sandstone treatment with various bone-colored accents (sconces, cornices, and such. It resembled an Italian restaurant. A very small Italian restaurant. As far as the visual effect of color influencing the size perception goes, I don’t really think it matters much, unless you’re beginning from either very small or very large. In average-size rooms, where all the rooms are more or less proportionate to one another, it’s a moot point. Take, for instance, your Victorians, which have big, square great rooms, with high-ceilings, and bedrooms and bathrooms that are squeezed in however they happen to fit, being just the place where you would sleep, color affects size-perception.

I remember a farmhouse I toured in Montana, once. It was built in the twenties. Downstairs, you walked in the front door to find yourself in the “main room,” which was “parlor,” more than “living room.” It was small in comparison to the dining room, which was enormous, being the farmhouse of a large family that was built in the early twentieth century. The kitchen was also huge (again: big family; big meals; large dinner gatherings – super spreader events, by today’s standards). Upstairs, you would find many bedrooms that were nothing more than cells, really. Many rooms, not all square or rectangular – some were added on, as occupants were added, into weird corners. The house had dormers on the roof, too, adding to the confusion.

The point, relating to the topic, is that that house could have used some color to distract from the craziness. Alas, there wasn’t a square inch of wall or ceiling that wasn’t white. And, there were windows aplenty. Big windows. One had more of a feeling of “space” inside than out. Until, that is, one got upstairs. There, it was a veritable thicket of small spaces.

Take that for what it’s worth.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 02-28-2021 07:17 AM

... it won t drip as badly….
- mel52

As I said mel, I’m no painter, however, I’d have let it dry so it wouldn’t drip.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 02-28-2021 07:25 AM

LBD, I don’t like painting either, that’s why I had everyone else do it unless I absolutely had to. One advantage of being the boss, unless something goes wrong. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 02-28-2021 07:31 AM

... One advantage of being the boss...
- mel52

You not married? Would be bloody brave words from a married man.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 02-28-2021 07:51 AM

I did a lot of commercial painting using a brush, roller an airless and an HVLP. I thought of it as being a bit like fishing – mindless work, much of the time, which allowed you to do a lot of thinking.

That aside, a lot of places went with flat white ceiling because it hid a lot of imperfections, and there was no glare problem.

In my home, I went with eggshell because it’s far more scrubabble than flat paint. Scrub a bad flat white job and that glare is going to seem like a good deal passed up.

Regardless of what you do, don’t cheap out. It will cost you durability. Sometimes with calamity like results when you try to scrub it. An architect called for a specific paint and you couldn’t even touch it without damage to the paint job. He ate that one.

Anyway, if a room were all dark, it would look smaller and be hard to light, However, it could have a certain appeal, with the right decor.

The switching of wall and ceiling colors can make for more work and cost, but can pay off, hugely in effects.

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#9 posted 02-28-2021 05:02 PM

LBD, been married 50 years this coming December. At home, I am the boss and I have my wife’s PERMISSION to say so, LOL. I will admit that I sometimes look over my shoulder a lot when doing some of these comments, just to be on the safe side. She joke’s that she can’t get rid of me, too old to train somebody new, at least I hope it’s a joke. Must be doing something right, we still enjoy each other’s company, ( most of the time ). That’s why my shop is separate from my home, I considerate it the doghouse when I think I’m in trouble. All joking aside,,,,,,, I love the gal and don’t know what I would do without her. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 02-28-2021 05:53 PM

The amount or source of light and reflected colors have a lot to do with how the color of the ceiling paint will come out. My wife was determined to have 3 different (blending) colors in our family room but as she found out after trying several the incoming light through the large south facing windows tended to blend it all together. She got 3 shades of a off white/tan but depending on the time of day it is hard to tell any difference.

I prefer light colors in most rooms so a white celing doesn’t make much difference; but a white ceiling is always acceptable if for no other reason that it brightens up the space with reflected light. Of course accent color on a single wall is often attractive.

I had a rental house and one tenant asked if she could paint a bedroom. I told her she could paint it any shade of white she liked. I did not want to have to cover up a dark color after she moved. When I finally decided to sell the house I went in with a spray gun and painted everything a bright white. It sold in a week. The agent said is just sparkled, it looked “clean”, and the rooms looked bigger.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 02-28-2021 06:07 PM

I do my own painting and I hate it . Soon I’ll not be able to balance on the ladder any more and we’ll have to hire a painter. We have all the ceilings white and walls are the color my wife chooses. Flat paint in the living and bed rooms, semi gloss in the kitchen and baths.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 02-28-2021 07:06 PM

I do the same as Jim white on the ceiling colors on the walls. Semi gloss in the kitchen and bath. All my trim is painted white. I also hate painting but also hate to pay someone else to do it.

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#13 posted 02-28-2021 08:33 PM

White ceiling, and color on the walls here. My Wife is a much better painter than I, but we both look at it like work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 02-28-2021 10:49 PM

... I will admit that I sometimes look over my shoulder a lot when doing some of these comments…
- mel52

I think potzzy and I share our love of drinking and woodworking (and each other).. however, I believe we are fortunate that our SWMBOs stays clear of LJ and respect that as our domain… that’s why I dare say some of the things I do.

I do my own painting and I hate it . Soon I ll not be able to balance on the ladder any more and we ll have to hire a painter.
- Jim Jakosh

I reached that conclusion 30 years ago. If I could brick up my ceilings (like the walls) I would… but chose to avoid the chicken little impersonation.

... My Wife is a much better painter than I…
- therealSteveN

So was my ex, however, she claimed she was better at everything…
Anyway, we painted the lounge of our first flat that had a picture rail that divided the room into about 1/4 above and 3/4 below the rail.
I was on a trestle with a roller and she was on the bottom part with a paint brush… I’d still be painting if she didn’t climb the trestle after she finished her “little area” below.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 03-01-2021 03:05 AM

+1 Painting depend on a myriad of individual choices.

+1 Paint color is design choice, and is easy to change.
I prefer bright white to make rooms feel bigger. Some want black ceiling with glitter and sparkly buttons glued to recreate night sky. Some want bluish white to counteract soft yellow tones from old lamp fixtures. Blood red ceiling will make room feel warmer when hit lots of natural light in sub zero weather.
I suggest pick anything SWMBO desires. :)

+1 Painting is young mans sport.
Here in Arizona, smooth ceilings and textured walls are extremely popular. Textures use a lot more paint when applied with brush/roller .vs. spraying. If more than one room find it easier on this old man to hire a crew to spray every thing; despite having the equipment to DIY.

IMHO Always put flat paint on ceiling unless you want strong reflected light in room.
Nothing worse than a room with shiny wood floors, shiny ceiling paint, and lots of natural light from windows. It feels like an oven on warm summer day.

Bold color accent walls are current design trend. Color has to match room decor, or it looks very wrong.
IMHO will be replaced with something new by next generation. Just like those popular flower wall papers in 60-70’s, or the poor man crown molding wall paper borders common in 90’s. :-)

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#16 posted 03-01-2021 03:43 AM

Disagree, a few thousand gallons in, on the ceiling. As I mentioned, flat is not scrub friendly. You can step up “a little,” like to eggshell for durability without suffering the shine from gloss, or even satin.

Of course, luster changes from company to company.

The scariest thing I saw was, an associate I helped out, who thought mixing shens and colors, then choosing the customer’s kitchen color was a good idea. Match that – NOT.

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