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Pros & Cons of Painting Interior Walls & Ceilings The Same Color

January 17th, 2024 | 3 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

White ceiling and walls with ceiling fan on top.

It’s important your home fits your aesthetics while serving the functionality you need for each room. 

One common debate in interior design revolves around whether painting walls and ceilings the same color is a savvy choice or a missed opportunity for creative distinction. 

At Brush & Roll Painting in Omaha, NE, we can help you find the best shade for your home, with all things considered. You can be confident in your choices since we work with local interior designers at Iconic Styling.

This article will discuss how your home could be affected by painting walls and ceilings the same shade. By reading this article and weighing the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision on whether you should have your walls and ceilings painted the same shade.

Pros of Painting Walls and Ceilings the Same Shade

  1. Sense of Continuity 

Painting walls and ceilings the same color can create a seamless flow in a room, making it feel larger and more cohesive. This design choice can be particularly effective in smaller spaces, eliminating visual breaks that might otherwise chop up the room.

  1. Enhanced Spaciousness

By erasing the line between walls and ceilings, you can visually extend the height of the room. This technique tricks the eye into perceiving the space as more expansive and open.

This can help smaller rooms in your homes not feel as claustrophobic and tight.

3. Emphasis on Architecture

Man painting ceiling and walls white.

When your walls and ceilings share the same color, the focus shifts to architectural details like crown moldings, chair railings, shiplap, or unique ceiling designs. This approach can accentuate these features, making them stand out as cohesive elements of the room.

  1. Simplicity and Minimalism

If you like a minimalist and clean aesthetic, this design choice could be great for you. It promotes a sense of simplicity that appeals to those favoring modern or contemporary design styles. The lack of contrast can create a soothing, serene atmosphere for some.

Cons of Painting Walls and Ceilings the Same Shade

  1. Cost for 2 Paint Products, Regardless of Choice

Empty room with white walls and ceiling and step ladder in the center.

Whether you have interior ceilings and walls painted the same shade or not, the correct paint product must be used on its intended surface.

For example, interior wall paint shouldn’t be used on ceilings. This is because wall paint serves a different purpose than ceiling paint. Interior wall paint must have the qualities you need for everyday use. This could be durability, washability, and/or superior coverage.

Because walls and ceilings have different purposes, they will also need different finishes. Most ceiling paints should be matte or flat so they don't reflect the light. The finish for interior paint can depend on the purpose of the room.

Learn about the best finish for each room in your home.

  1. Potential Lack of Definition Between Walls and Ceilings 

Painting walls and ceilings the same color might lead to a loss of visual definition and depth in your room. Sometimes without contrast between surfaces, your space can appear flat.

  1. Lack of Variety Between Walls and Ceilings 

If you are going with a rather neutral shade, the lack of color variety might make the space seem uninspiring, especially if there aren’t other elements like furniture, artwork, or textures to add visual interest. 

  1. Impact on Lighting in Your Space

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No matter the shade, lighting has a big impact on how lit the room appears. Darker colors, when used uniformly on walls and ceilings, can absorb more light, potentially making the room feel smaller or dimmer. This effect might not be desirable, especially in rooms that require ample natural light.

  1. Maintenance Challenges

Ceilings are prone to dust and other airborne particles. Painting them the same color as the walls might make your maintenance and cleaning routines a more frequent and challenging task.


Deciding whether to paint walls and ceilings the same color ultimately depends on your personal preferences, the size and layout of the room, and the overall design goals. While a unified color scheme can offer a sense of cohesion and spaciousness, it may lack the contrast and definition that some spaces need to feel dynamic.

You deserve to have a space that aligns with your aesthetic style while ensuring functionality and visual appeal.

To ensure visual appeal and lasting paint durability, schedule a quote with Brush & Roll Painting. Our process has transformed thousands of homes in Omaha since 1996.

Next, compare the pros and cons of painting walls and trim the same color. While understanding the effects of all of these design ideas, you can make the best decision for your home.

Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.