Design + Decor, Design Trends

Paint Your Walls, Trim, EVEN YOUR CEILING the Same Color. Seriously.

blue living room
Design by Amy Lau
Photo by Thomas Loof

 

Somewhere along the line, white became the standard color for trim and ceilings. And although it is certainly beautiful and can lend a crispness and freshness to a room, painting your walls, trim, and even your ceiling, all the same color definitely has its advantages. The “paint it all the same” design trend is one my favorites this year. Besides being the simpler choice (do you have any idea how many whites there are?), painting everything in the same fabulous hue can give a space a sophisticated elegance, whether it’s dramatic or subtle. It’s a bit daring, too; unexpected and fun. Painting it all the same is like walking down the road less travelled. And, in my opinion, can make all the difference. Here are some examples of how painting everything the same can change your space for the better.

 

LET YOUR ARTWORK TAKE CENTER STAGE

The next four photos show how keeping an “all the same” color palette works wonders for giving artwork a chance to shine. With nothing to distract your eye, your focus goes directly to the art on the walls.

Large painting on a grey wall
Source Unknown

 

bird painting on a blue wall
Stiltje

 

bird paintings
Design by Jimmy Stanton
Photo by Eric George Dines
Via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

dark walls living room
Benjamin Vandiver
Style at Home
Natalie DiScala Style

 

MAKE YOUR FURNITURE THE MAIN ATTRACTION

A solid, neutral backdrop, no matter the color, gives an eclectic assortment of furniture the chance to stand out and shine.

BRING COHESIVENESS TO A LARGE SPACE

Big rooms can easily seem cavernous. One paint color will tie the entire space together and change cavernous into cozy.

living room
white living room

CREATE A MOODY ATMOSPHERE

The trend toward darker rooms is big this year, giving the “all white everything” look a little nudge off center stage. Dark rooms can create cozy, soothing spaces, and just like white, provide a dramatic, yet neutral base for colors and artwork to pop. Powder rooms are especially dramatic when one color dresses the entire space.

HIDE UNWANTED ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS

Very ornate, traditional moldings can be too busy for a contemporary table and light fixture. Painting everything black minimizes the details so the furniture can stand out. Unsightly but necessary heat ducts almost disappear when painted the same color as the walls and ceilings.

MAKE A LOW CEILING SEEM HIGHER AND A HIGH CEILING SEEM LOWER

Painting a high ceiling the same color as the walls and trim can bring coziness to a large space by bringing the ceiling down visually. On the flip side, low ceilings that share a hue with their surrounding walls and trim seem to “disappear” making them seem taller.

COCOON YOURSELF IN COLOR

Designer Miles Redd gave this butler’s pantry a punch of personality by wrapping it in a saturated shade of teal. In the second photo, black is a brave but amazing choice for the walls in this living room, while emerald green and other jewel-toned furnishings add to the moodiness. Adequate natural light makes this dark space work well.

ELIMINATE CHOPPINESS

Blend cabinets with the rest of the room to keep a small kitchen from feeling choppy. The same effect can be achieved with a room entirely paneled in the same color wood.

I am in love with most of the trends this year but painting walls, trim and even ceilings all the same color is definitely a favorite.  So many possibilities! What do you think? Love the blend? Or miss the contrast? Let me know in the comments below. And, of course, we’re always here to help if you need us. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

 

 

signature logo
living roomfrida