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 ?
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
:-) 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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