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Painting Tray Ceilings

Posted by Nolan Painting on January 10, 2018

Do you have a tray ceiling in a living room or bedroom? If so, you have an interesting architectural feature that can add character to your home — if painted correctly.

A tray ceiling is one whose height in the center of the room is different than that of its height at the edges of the room. Also known as “recessed” or “inverted” ceilings, tray ceilings have a point — or multiple points — where the ceiling rises higher, giving it the look of an inverted staircase.

At Nolan Painting, we specialize in home interiors, including painting tray ceilings. Here’s a look at some of your key considerations for preparing to paint a tray ceiling.

How Are Tray Ceilings Painted?

Tray ceilings must be painted very carefully, given they are often a bolder color than white. You’ll need to be incredibly precise with your strokes, especially if you have any decoration on your ceiling. For example, many tray ceilings include a type of crown molding in the step areas.

Are you in search of tray ceiling ideas for your living room or bedroom? You can take all sorts of approaches, and the right approach for you depends on the shape of the room, the natural light the room gets, your style, etc.

Different Rooms With Tray Ceilings

Tray ceilings are commonly found in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and entryways. They make a dramatic impact when in common spaces like entryways, dining rooms, and living rooms because your guests get to see and appreciate them. But when placed in a master bedroom, they often make that bedroom feel even more relaxing and comfortable.

Paint Colors to Use on Tray Ceilings

Again, the right paint color for your tray ceiling will depend on your unique home and the unique room where the tray ceiling is located. When looking for tray ceiling ideas for bedrooms or living rooms, make sure to avoid doing anything that minimizes the impact of the tray ceiling.

Also, don’t do anything with paint that will darken a room — unless the room simply gets too much natural light. You’ll want to choose tray ceiling ideas for bedrooms and living rooms that make those spaces the best they can be. If you’re looking for a place to start, blues and grays are often good colors for tray ceilings.

Get the Guidance and Service You Need

A tray ceiling is a true opportunity to make your home more stylish and more beautiful. At Nolan Painting, we have the experience painting tray ceilings, as well as the knowledge, to help you make the right decision about paint color — and then to execute the painting job in a way that makes your vision come alive. If you need help painting tray ceilings in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester or Delaware Counties, get the best when you choose Nolan Painting.

Contact us today about painting tray ceilings in the Greater Philadelphia area.