Kitchen ceiling colour recommendations ?

Hi folks, Planning on painting the kitchen walls a light terracotta and was wondering what would be the ideal colour for the ceilings ? In general should one always go for a lighter colour for ceilings so as to contrast the colour of the walls ? The kitchen gets very very steamy so would it be better to use "bathroom" paint for the ceilings or should I stick to kitchen paint ?
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On Sun, 22 Nov 2009 11:04:22 -0800, Uncle-C wrote:

We did the walls in ours a quite dark red - painted the ceiling white so it still seems bright in there despite the darker walls (it's quite a big kitchen though and the counter-tops are light-coloured)

Hmm, we just used plain ol' white gloss (albeit reasonably expensive stuff) rather than anything specifically for high-humidity environments. It's still OK a year later, although I suppose that's perhaps not long enough to really tell for sure (our cooker hood doesn't extract to the outside air, so it gets pretty steamy in ours too)
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Jules
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On Sun, 22 Nov 2009 13:21:27 -0600, Jules

White gloss on a ceiling? Eeww.
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wibbled on Sunday 22 November 2009 21:07

It is a matter of taste, but I would personally always stick a white matt up there. Unless all the lights are spots, there's going to be a wash of white light and gloss (or silk) will just lob the imperfections in your face.
Back to the original question. Dulux Bathroom seems hardy stuff but it's covering performance is crap. I would go over with a decent matt white first even if finishing with a coat or two of Bathroom.
But I usually use "Dulux Rich Matt" for ceilings - brilliant coverage and very white and nice application. Avoid the pink tinted novelty stuff.
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Exactly. Matt for me too, but I have also had reasonably good results from satin (less sheen than silk) and eggshell in bathrooms and kitchens. Not enough sheen to show the inevitable imperfections, but still durable and can be cleaned.
Gloss on a ceiling reminds me of older houses with cream gloss on the ceiling and two colours of gloss on the wall, separated by a horizontal line of brown or black paint, about half an inch wide, at what would be dado level. Particularly common in houses built in the inter-war years, I think.
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Uncle-C wrote:

You should go for a lighter colour for the ceiling to avoid it seeming to crush you from above. (Partner's comment. And I agree. Assuming a fairly conventional room and scale.) Probably white - but if that is too stark, how about dropping a little of the terracotta into brilliant white to soften it?
I can't imagine ever using anything but ordinary emulsion. Decent or even excellent quality but not kitchen & bathroom and certainly not gloss.
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personally I always go for white ceilings (house style? forgive pun) In kitchens & bathrooms I have never had a problem using ordinary silk emulsions rather than dedicated "bathroom" type stuff - what's the claimed advantage of it anyway?
It reminds me of dubious marketing strategy used by Screwfux B&Q et al to offer all manner of pricey and allegedly "specialised" paints for all manner of jobs that can all be done with one of just a few sorts of paint...
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Same here, and window recesses (makes a big difference to get light reflected around the room). I go for white matt emulsion.

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Uncle-C wrote:

Hang on a minute, you haven't told us what type of blind you bought yet. It does help you know. Venetian? Wooden? Vertical? Roller?
One thing at a time matey.
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On 23 Nov, 00:03, "The Medway Handyman"

:-) Bog standard roller blinds. I'm going to use a sharp pair of tailor's scissors and a hacksaw. Back to the paint, the other half is a big curry / oriental food fan so the ceiiling and kitchen walls are going to come in for a lot of abuse from the elements. Unfortunately, there is no extractor in the kitchen so I would like to have some protection from all the steam and curry / stir fry fumes.
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On 23 Nov, 10:29, Uncle-C wrote:

Just paint it curry coloured then, because that's what it'll end up being.
Owain
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