A frequently heard reason for this is that it would make a room lighter. Iris Floor, artistic director of Dutch paint brand Pure & Original, acknowledges this argument. “We often think of white as light and space, but a white surface doesn’t magically create a window. In other words: if there is little or no daylight in a room, you can embrace the shadows and create a safe atmosphere by going for a deeper color palette. By including the ceiling, the room becomes unity. You then add light with a good lighting plan. “
There is also the optical effect that painting a ceiling can give. Susanne Otter, stylist known for @frivolestudio, renovated its 350-year-old national monument and also painted its high ceilings. “You optically lower a high ceiling with a dark color, you add a sense of security, so to speak. Our room is 4.5 meters high, long and narrow. We painted it in a shade of dark blue, which makes the room more comfortable. And also think about the effect of a colored ceiling on the lighting: in our hall a chandelier hangs on a white surface, it looks beautiful against the blue.