When it comes to picking a color, think about your options. White is a popular choice, but it can actually make ceilings appear lower in rooms with low ceilings and more distant in rooms with high ceilings. If you have a low ceiling, try a shade or two lighter than the color of your walls. When painting a high ceiling, paint it a shade or two darker. These tricks can create the illusion of space in a low-ceilinged room, or bring a feeling of coziness to a room with higher ceilings. Some decorators suggest using a tint that is a half or a quarter shade of the color on your wall so the ceiling won't sharply contrast with the walls.
Your local True Value hardware store's Certified Color Experts® can answer any questions you have about paint color and point you in the right direction, based on your preferences. Pick up a Custom Mixed Color Sample to try out different colors on your ceiling or walls. You can also pick up one of our helpful Idea Cards to help you choose your palette. In addition to visiting your local True Value hardware store, you can go experiment with our interactive Color Visualizer which allows you to preview paint color and furniture according to six different moods. Experimenting with the color wheel on the Color Selection Tool is also an option for selecting paint color.