Designers Share Favorite Gray, Blue, and Other Ceiling Paint Colors

Make an ordinary space extraordinary by painting the ceiling an unexpected color like one of these six ceiling paint colors.


No design rule says a ceiling must be white. A fresh coat of paint on the ceiling in just the right color can do wonders to change the look of a room and instantly transform the space from boring to beautiful.

Rich Dark Brown

Create a cozy den-like space with a rich dark brown paint color like Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore, used by Tamara Magel on the ceiling of this beautiful family room. Raccoon Fur has just the right balance of warmth and gray in the undertone to blend with the other colors in the space without taking away from the rest of the design elements.

2. Water Colors


The right paint color can instantly take us away and have a calming effect, especially shades reminiscent of the sea. Water colors like Sherwin-Williams Underseas, used on this closet ceiling by Lisa Whelan of MJ Whelan Construction , are beautiful and relaxing, particularly in a personal space like this one.

3. Shades of Gray


Add some drama to your bedroom by choosing a cozy shade of gray ceiling paint. A darker shade of gray, like Web Gray from Sherwin-Williams, painted onto this bedroom ceiling by Roger and Chris turned an all-white space into something extraordinary yet comfortable.

4. Unexpectedly Bold


Make a statement by painting a ceiling in a bold color somewhere unexpected in your home. Dave Fox Build and Remodelers turned an otherwise basic all-white shower into something extraordinary simply by painting the ceiling Grecian Isle from Porter Paints.

5. Go Blue


Blue is another fantastic ceiling color that's classically popular, especially on porches. A slightly warmer blue, like Yarmouth Blue from Benjamin Moore, or a cooler gray-blue, like Benjamin Moore Solitude, painted onto the ceiling in otherwise white spaces offers a beautiful complementary pop of color. For just a subtle hint of blue on the ceiling, consider Iceberg by Benjamin Moore, which can make a ceiling look higher.

6. Bright White

green and white bathroom

White is the traditional color choice for ceilings, but it doesn't have to be boring. Choosing a bright shade of white, like Ceiling Bright White from Sherwin-Williams, can really enhance and complement a beautiful wall color. Add drama to a room by opting for a white that contrasts with the wall color rather than blending with it.

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