Mask flaws, trick the eye, create drama … a black ceiling solves a host of design dilemmas while looking smashing
I grew up believing that ceilings had to be white — or, at the very least, a paler version of the wall color. Black ceilings? It sounded like something only a rebellious teenager would do.
But after perusing some of the ebony-colored ceilings on Houzz, I gotta confess that I’m a convert. Black ceilings can hide a multitude of sins, call attention to something you want to emphasize or instill a touch of drama. (Let’s see ol’ Navajo White try to pull off some of those tricks.)
If the little black dress is the ne plus ultra of fashion, then the little black ceiling is the enfant terrible of decor — a mischievous little devil that provokes instead of placates, and makes any room a little bit special.
Here are 11 reasons to consider painting your ceiling black.
8. Because the walls are black. If you’re going to take the plunge and paint your walls black, do you really want to wimp out on the ceiling? The bedroom here is dramatic and supremely sexy, but it wouldn’t have worked half as well without the black ceiling.
The same holds true for this bath. Since bathrooms are self-contained spaces, and people don’t usually spend a great deal of time in them, they’re an excellent place to try something a little bit daring.
11. Because you’re a rebellious teenager. I know — I said that black ceilings are not just something a rebellious teenager would do. But that doesn’t mean a rebellious teenager couldn’t do it.
Whether your adolescent craves Dr. Dre or Richard Avedon, black ceilings are a great complement to posters and photographs, elevating them to gallery-worthy status.