• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 8: Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 8th auction is for a Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Black Ceiling....YAY or NAY?

MOCAZEN

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2006
Messages
75
Reaction score
0
I just acquired a 3 story townhome/condo....measures about 2500 sqr ft. On a recent trip to Spain, my wife explained to me that some nice places had black ceilings(not shiny, but flat black). She wants to paint the living room ceilings in this color, it has white walls with heavily distressed wood floors with Morrocan influenced furniture pieces and wood carved window covering. What would you guys recommend as it is not in my nature to do the furnishing in our houses, but my wife.
 

MOCAZEN

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2006
Messages
75
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by DocHolliday
How big are the rooms, and how much light do they receive? Seems like a black ceiling could make a small room seem smaller, and a dark one darker.

It would only be the living room, its about 15 x 30 feet, it has 3 big windows with alot fo lighting coming in, but we hang the wood carved panels to block some out sometimes and theres also a big glass 8 foot long door(sliding) that leads to the balcony
 

dkzzzz

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2006
Messages
5,360
Reaction score
4
Human beings are use to seeing light skies above their heads and dark soil under their feet. That color combination is natural to our brain. That is why we feel quite comfortable with dark wooden floors and white sealing. Consider this when deciding on a black color: You never know how black sealing is going to affect your mood/subconscious.
 

MOCAZEN

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2006
Messages
75
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by dkzzzz
Human beings are use to seeing light skies above their heads and dark soil under their feet. That color combination is natural to our brain. That is why we feel quite comfortable with dark wooden floors and white sealing. Consider this when deciding on a black color: You never know how black sealing is going to affect your mood/subconscious.

Interesting point
 

caelte

Senior Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
746
Reaction score
2
Originally Posted by dkzzzz
Human beings are use to seeing light skies above their heads and dark soil under their feet. That color combination is natural to our brain. That is why we feel quite comfortable with dark wooden floors and white sealing. Consider this when deciding on a black color: You never know how black sealing is going to affect your mood/subconscious.

A lot of flooring tends to be lighter.
Beaches are sand colored.
I guess if your a farmer or walk on asphalt alot you might feel that way.

I've been in plenty of rooms painted in a dark shade.
The only consideration I would have is the height of the ceiling.
My guess is the ceiling is at least ten feet.
My other guess is the walls aren't really white either.
 

Thomas

Stylish Dinosaur
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Jul 25, 2006
Messages
29,128
Reaction score
1,318
Originally Posted by MOCAZEN
What would you guys recommend as it is not in my nature to do the furnishing in our houses, but my wife.

Recommend you at least give it a shot. If it works - great. If it doesn't, you can re-paint. Well, for black you would likely prime, then prime again, then re-paint, so it is a big hassle, especially for a ceiling that high.

Now - my personal opinion (for what it's worth). Light floors (maple) - okay with dark ceiling. Dark floor may feel constrictive with dark ceiling, even so far up. If you could hang a dark tarp up there to get the room's feel before committing to paint, that might be the best test of all.

Good luck in any case.
 

LabelKing

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
May 24, 2002
Messages
25,745
Reaction score
251
A dark ceiling looks much better if the entire building is something of a Beaux-Arts or older style. Otherwise Modernist buildings also look very nice with dark colored accents such as a ceiling.

The French decorator, Madeline Castaing had her entire Paris store front painted black with black awnings and her monograms in silver; quite chic.

Baccarat also has a black chandelier by Starck which I like:

 

itsstillmatt

The Liberator
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
14,384
Reaction score
2,073
Black ceilings are nice if they are super high. If not, you start to feel like you are in a cave. Personally, I like walls and ceilings to be white. Floors too for that matter.
 

caelte

Senior Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
746
Reaction score
2
Originally Posted by iammatt
Black ceilings are nice if they are super high. If not, you start to feel like you are in a cave. Personally, I like walls and ceilings to be white. Floors too for that matter.

My place in SF had 13 foot ceilings. In Taos the living rooom went to 17 feet.
Strange, at times I felt as if there wasn't any ceiling.
Didn't care for that.
I like ten foot, spacious but intimate.
Do you have white floors now?
 

itsstillmatt

The Liberator
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
14,384
Reaction score
2,073
Originally Posted by caelte
My place in SF had 13 foot ceilings. In Taos the living rooom went to 17 feet.
Strange, at times I felt as if there wasn't any ceiling.
Didn't care for that.
I like ten foot, spacious but intimate.
Do you have white floors now?

I wish. I keep thinking of having them lacquered white, but my wife loves the floors that we have.
 

GQgeek

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 4, 2002
Messages
17,933
Reaction score
84
Originally Posted by iammatt
I wish. I keep thinking of having them lacquered white, but my wife loves the floors that we have.

Heh, you would seriously want to live in an all-white cube?

As for black ceilings, I think it would look good if you have stone floors, really high ceilings and an industrial/minimalist sort of look to your furniture. Exposed concrete can be cool too.
 

itsstillmatt

The Liberator
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
14,384
Reaction score
2,073
Originally Posted by GQgeek
Heh, you would seriously want to live in an all-white cube?

As for black ceilings, I think it would look good if you have stone floors, really high ceilings and an industrial/minimalist sort of look to your furniture. Exposed concrete can be cool too.

Well, I would prefer a rubber room, but... Actually, a good friend of mine's apartment in Milan was completely white. Every piece of furniture, the walls, the cabinets, the floors, the art, everything. I loved it.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 30 3.6%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 143 17.3%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 272 32.9%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 130 15.7%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.6%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.9%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 53 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,123
Messages
9,229,525
Members
193,737
Latest member
Sebastian R
Top