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Light colors make things seem larger; dark colors make it more intimate and cozy.

If you are concerned about the dining room being too dark, then leave the ceiling white. Or just make sure your light fixture is large enough with enough bulbs. I don't think the floor color is as important. Often, however, dining rooms are darker colors because they feel warm, inviting, and create an atmosphere where people want to linger, eat, and talk.

Also, vaulted ceilings do give you more options for color. You can do the sloping sides a contrasting or complementary color to your walls, I'd still recommend being lighter than your walls but it can be a different color. Change colors with the angles in the ceiling, or yes, you could add mouldings and trims. If you add something, in the middle of a section, you should still be careful that it doesn't look odd or "stuck on".

If the vault changes at all between the great room and dining room, you can treat the two "ceilings" separately. Or in other words, if there are angles that can create a demarcation line between the rooms at the ceiling level, then you can do more colorful ceiling in the great room while leaving the dining room ceiling white.

One other thing to know is that dining room ceilings these days are often a canvas for special finishes, murals, colors, and more.

So I can't give you a definite answer of what to do, but you have lots of options - which is always a good thing.

Let me know what you do. Also, could I use this question on the website and in my newsletter. Other readers may have good ideas too.

Good luck.



Yes! Of course, use it however you like. I appreciate your help in this puzzling dilemma.




I too have an open area, (18x26), that includes living room, dining and kitchen. Do I paint this area in one color?



There is also another alternative with the vaulted ceilings that could keep it light but give some dimension/warmth. You can use a light color ceiling paint (a 'warmer' white' and then actually use darker tones of the same paint color or the same palette to draw your ceiling 'in'. Especially with your lighting situation, you may want to warm up the tone as you move down the wall- I saw a home with a cavernous entry way use this successfully. Benjamin Moore stores have a pamphlet regarding this... good luck...

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