This project required high level of attention to detail. Especially with all surfaces being new, to ensure sharp crisp lines for the dark accent ceiling paint. It is for this reason Phantom – Balham Painters Decorators were brought in.
The kitchen ceiling were recently skim plastered so we applied a mist-coat to all new plaster surfaces. This is a form of priming by applying thinned white matt emulsion to allow the plaster to absorb the very first coat of matt emulsion paint. Our Balham painter decorator applied two additional coats of Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion to the lower ceilings
Our Balham painter then applied Slaked Lime by Little Greene in a matt emulsion finish while the woodwork were also painted in the same colour but with an acrylic eggshell smooth hard-wearing finish to give a little contrasting sheen from the matt walls.
We created an accent ceiling paint using Acqua Viva by Paint and Paper Library to give a rich, deep chalky finish. We applied this dark colour to the 3.5-metre high ceiling with utmost care to ensure a clean sharp finish to the edges, which formed part of the existing Victorian house, so were not entirely plumb.
Reception – in the living room our Balham painter decorated one wall to marry up with the existing decoration following new pocket sliding door installation and wall skim plaster. All paint colours were carefully colour matched and professionally applied by Balham painters and decorators.
On arrival, the site was busy with other trades, a practice our Balham painter does not particularly like. We were assured that they would complete that day, leaving us to do what we do best – Balham painting and decorating to high standards. Everything was essentially new including woodwork.
Bold statement with black ceilings by Balham Painters Decorators
This kitchen extension now oozes natural light. Particularly flowing through the large concertina doors and gable windows and from the side-to skylight over the kitchen worktops. The deep chalky Acqua Viva had the effect of making a bold statement without impacting natural light and ambience of this large family kitchen.
It will take a brave client, like this one, to break the interior décor mould by introducing dark ceilings. When the client told our Balham decorator that they wanted the ceiling in black, we were lost for words. Our Balham painter decorator was concerned that the dark ceiling would impair natural light coming through the concertina doors.
Admittedly, it works quite well on this kitchen ceiling. More so when the ceiling is much higher than your conventional height. It is not to everyone’s taste and not all ceiling designs are suitable for accent ceiling paint.
A missed geometrical opportunity?
In our opinion, the accent ceiling paint could have been a little more interesting. For instance, making use of the geometrical ceiling give contrast to White, Slaking Lime and the dark windows. Especially if the small vertical gable wall facing the window was painted in Slaking Lime. And just one slope of the gabled roof in Acqua Viva, it would break up the dark ceiling into different shapes. This would contrast dark and light colours most spectacularly and creatively. We believe this would create a talking point amongst London interior designers and Balham painters alike.
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