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Painting the Ceiling

Martha Stewart Living, February 2003

If you're getting ready to paint a room a different color, you might consider changing the color of your ceiling as well. Look to your furniture, upholstery, carpets, and artwork for color inspiration. If blue is dominant in your furnishings, you might paint the ceiling a light shade of blue and the walls and trim neutral complementary tones. Before your final decision, it's always a good idea to purchase small cans of your color choices and paint test swatches on your ceiling and walls. Then check those colors at the time of day when you plan to use the room because the quality of natural light changes considerably throughout the day. If you're not happy with one combination, try something else until you find just the right tones. When you're ready to paint, always start with the ceiling. Use a 3- to 4-foot extension handle on your roller to make painting the ceiling a lot easier.


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