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[Above pic: My design for a pediatrician’s private office within the clinic and no that’s not a real fireplace.]

One of the most common questions I get asked about color is what to do with those not-so-inspiring white tiled ceilings so many treatment and exam rooms come with.

I get questions like, “Can I paint those white tiles and aren’t they expensive to replace?” 

And, “What if I paint them and lose sound absorption?”

Or… “I already know my landlord won’t let me.”

Here are my answers to those questions and others you might have about how to treat tiled ceilings to help create a nurturing and beautiful space your peeps love.

First of all, let me say this:

If you can’t paint your ceiling, it’s not the end of the world.

You can work around the existing ceiling by keeping those glaring overhead lights off and designing the room so beautifully, you help keeping the eye focused on what’s below.

That said, if you can paint the ceiling, please do. You will enhance the experience in the room for everyone.

And yes, you CAN paint your white tiled ceiling. Many of my clients have and the results were gorgeous.

Yes, you will lose a small amount of sound absorption, like 10%.

None of my clients who have painted their tiled ceilings have ever complained about it later.

In fact, I’ve only heard positive things, like how a darker ceiling color makes it disappear and is no longer an eye sore.

Or… My darker ceiling makes me [and my patients] feel more grounded and in relaxed in our bodies.

I like the sound of that.

Tomorrow I’ll share more design treatments for your ceilings.

Until then, as my dear friend Dr. Athena Paradise so often says, “Take a deep breath and make it a wonderful day.”

With Love,