Ceiling Colour Ideas & Inspiration


Ceiling Colour Ideas & Inspiration

We love the classic white ceiling, but an unexpected ceiling paint colour can enhance the character of your room in a refreshing, charismatic way.

While there is no single reply to “what colour should I paint my ceiling,” your quest for the just-right ceiling paint colour is about to get easier. Start with knowing that ceiling imperfections are common, and that you can easily secure a virtually flawless ceiling—in any colour—with ultra-flat Waterborne Ceiling Paint.
A modern white living room with black brick fireplace and hardwood floors.

Time-Tested & True: White Ceiling Paint

For any room, all-white or off-white paint colour is always a fresh and clean choice. Conversely, vibrant wall colours are beautifully set off by white ceilings.

A white ceiling makes smaller spaces feel larger. For seamless colour flow, select a white for your ceiling that shares a similar undertone as the wall colour. Favourite whites for ceilings include White Dove OC-17, Cloud White OC-130 and Decorator’s White OC-149. Check out our most popular whites on the White Colour Family page, then head to your local Benjamin Moore retailer to buy a paint sample: We always recommend you “live” with any colour before you buy it—even white!

Painting yourself? Get tips and tricks on how to paint a ceiling. INSL-X® Colour-Changing Ceiling Paint can help, with a light pink application colour that indicates missed spots and dries to a white finish in a gorgeous flat sheen.
A classic Gray living room with powder pink ceiling and floor to ceiling windows.

A Look at Lighter Colours

A lighter paint colour above eye level can help to visually raise the ceiling. In any size of room, painting the ceiling with a lighter shade—often a lighter variant of the wall colour—is a clever design choice. This approach provides subtle contrast and adds depth to the space, while maintaining the unity of existing colours.

You may also want to consider a light contrasting colour, which also draws the eye upwards while maintaining an overall open, airy look, as seen here. Not only does Powder Pink 2009-70 heighten this space, it adds a playful touch to an otherwise formal room.
Bathroom with a soft blue ceiling and white modern bathtub.

Celebrate Celestial Ceilings

Reminiscent of open skies and serene, tranquil environments, a blue ceiling is a long-standing design tradition and a homeowner favourite.

“A blue ceiling brings the outside in,” says Benjamin Moore Design & Colour expert Nivara Xaykao. Check out our most popular blue paint colours, like Iceberg 2122-50, Bird’s Egg 2051-60 or November Skies 2128-50, to find a blue that works for you!

Here, a bathroom ceiling in Buxton Blue HC-149 exudes a spa-like vibe. In general, powder rooms and bathrooms are fun rooms to experiment with when it comes to more adventurous ceiling paint colours.
Large dining room with dramatic black walls, ceiling, and white trim.

The Case for the Dark Ceiling

A darker ceiling can be a great design feature and push the “wow factor” of any room.

Rich navy blue or a deep black blur the boundaries of a room, making it look endless yet intimate; this elegant dining room puts this theory to the test. Its richly painted ceiling in Black Ink 2127-20 helps to create an elegant enclave.

If you want to go with a darker colour on your ceiling, consider a paint colour that is two to three shades darker on your ceiling than your walls. Rooms with dark ceilings feel cozy and comfortable, making any room a welcoming respite.
Naturally light Gray bedroom with matching blinds.

Highlight Architectural Detail

A beautifully painted ceiling attracts attention to architectural features like crown moulding and tray or vaulted ceilings.

Consider a subtle, yet creative use of two colours for your room’s ceiling. Here, the wood-panelled ceiling in Baby’s Breath OC-62 draws the eye upward, taking full advantage of the recessed ceiling’s additional height in this hushed bedroom. The neutral painted walls add to this lengthening effect, with Silver Fox 2108-50 extending up to the ceiling itself.
Rich craftsmen bedroom with an angled Gray and white ceiling.

Painting Ceilings and Walls the Same Colour

A monochromatic wall and ceiling combination—especially in a deeper hue—evokes a warm, cozy vibe.

If you move forward with an all-one-colour look, consider Waterborne Ceiling Paint. Benjamin Moore’s most flat paint, this ceiling-specific paint creates subtle design interest against a higher sheen wall, as seen here in Copley Gray HC-104.
Light blue-gray and white entryway with classic furniture accents.

Find the Perfect Paint Colour for Your Ceiling

Browse colour families and collections, experiment with colours in different rooms, and much more!

Waterborne Ceiling Paint

Waterborne Ceiling Paint

Experience an ultra-flat finish designed to hide common ceiling imperfections for a look that is virtually flawless.

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