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How Neutral Paint Colors Change Based On Where You Use Them

There are tons of articles out there about how a paint color (when chosen for walls in your home) can affect your mood. This is completely true, and I hope it becomes a part of your thinking at some point when you look to painting the interior of your home.

That said, not all surfaces are created equal. Did you know that the effect of a color will change if you use it, for example, on your wall versus on your ceiling?

You can also break the rules and paint spaces in your home with any color your heart desires. There are homes around the area in Caseyville, Belleville and neighboring towns whose owners have done extremely clever and attractive things with color.

If you are more interested in the emotional and mood effects, however, take a look at this diagram of which color will do what for you…and on what surface.


On the ceiling: creates a look of shadow

On the walls: cool and neutral, sometimes considered bland

On the floors: considered neutral

Summary: Gray inspires creative people to become more creative. It performs opposite of orange by making a space feel more exclusive.


On the ceiling: creates lightness, reflects light, reduces shadows

On the walls: clean, empty, neutral

On the floors: intimidating

Summary: Who knew! White on a floor can bounce back feelings of intimidation. On the walls, however, it says “refinement and sophistication.” It also encourages precision in work environments.


On the ceiling: heavy, but pretty good-looking where there’s open duct work

On the walls: threatening, dramatic

On the floors: absorbing

Summary: Black paint depends a lot on where it’s used. Using it as an accent color can be associated with dignity and sophistication.

Now, be honest…what would you think of a purple ceiling? Or orange baseboards? Get the conversation started! Contact me today for more interior paint color hacks.