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Ted Fedorovich

Ceilings should always be painted in a lighter shade (eg, half the toner if painting white) of the same colour, if you're going to use the same colour, to avoid the closed-in/falling inwards effect of using the same colour paint for the entire room. In addition, to mask flaws, use a flat paint, a good quality washable, and paint cornices in the same shade as the ceiling to give the room a larger feel. If you have cornices with a 90 degree ceiling/wall transition, paint the wall section in the same shade as the wall, to maximise height. There is nothing wrong with painting skirting boards in a flat paint, same as the walls, as it elongates the walls Similarly with doors and windows, a flat paint adds to the overall effect - plus it's easier to apply and clean up. You may just have to apply a couple of more coats. The principles are the same as with clothing; separate differently coloured items of clothing can shorten your apparent height, while one overall colour will tend to lengthen your stature. Ted Fedorowicz

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Beth Skeeter

Just painted our large base boards in flat like the walls; can tell the in-law wasn't sure about this but it totally elongates! I'll pass this on!

   
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