The Easiest Makeover
A new paint job is one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to makeover your home. And spring's open-window weather is a great time to dive in. The fresh air keeps you breathing easy, and the warming temperatures will help the paint dry.
Beyond the White Ceiling
Color consultant Jill Pilaroscia encourages people to view the ceiling as a fifth wall. "If you use a color on your ceiling, you can make a room feel taller or more intimate or more interesting," she says.
Lighting and wall colors help determine the effect of a ceiling hue. To judge the impact of a color, paint just part of the ceiling first.
To lift a ceiling, select a pale tint of a cool hue such as green or blue. To create an intimate space, try a dark, warm tone. For peaceful settings, use a darker or lighter version of the wall color.