Different ceiling styles
The ceiling used to have much more prominence in interior design. Just think about the sought after details of many period homes, including ornate cornicing, decorative roses and mouldings, plasterwork friezes, and embossed patterns stretching the entire surface of the ceiling.
Why are ceilings usually painted white?
Fast forward to the latter part of the 20 th century and the ceiling seems to have fallen from favour. They’re lower and usually smooth in texture (perhaps with the exception of Artex). And with simple, unfussy cornicing, they’re almost always painted a standard trade white.
Alternatives to a white ceiling
In small rooms the stark horizontal line separating the wall and ceiling can often enhance a low ceiling height. Try switching your colours by applying a mid tone on the ceiling and keep the walls light. Then continue the colour partway down the wall. Here we’ve used Up Up Away on the walls and Grassy on the upper walls and ceiling.