Ten years ago, I took a trip to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida with my parents.
We dined in historic restaurants, shopped flea markets, toured the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil house, went antiquing and drove through beautiful old neighborhoods where gracious wrap around porch ceilings were painted sky blue.
The ceilings in three of our homes were painted Glacier Blue by Benjamin Moore.
I planned on painting the porch ceiling of our sunny Southern California house a shade of sky blue, but when I saw this beauty while visiting St. Augustine, Florida, I knew seafoam would provide the fresh, watery color our beach home was yearning for.
In my opinion, with a few exceptions, ceilings are prettiest when they are painted in shades of a beautiful blue sky. Seafoam isn’t technically a color you would see in the sky, but it does mimic the way water might reflect off of a pool onto a ceiling.
Yellow is a color that I have never seen look beautiful on a ceiling, it always looks oppressive and jarring to me.
When choosing sky blues, the perfect shade depends on lighting and surrounding colors, as lighting and color affect color. To prevent rooms from feeling babyish and unsophisticated, I often choose blues with grey undertones.
Since ceilings tend to be shaded, with the majority of lighting pointing to the floor and bouncing off walls, choose a color with higher light reflectance value (LRV) for ceiling paint than you might for walls.
You may enjoy this Sherwin Williams article about, sky blue ceilings!