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Why Brian Patrick Flynn's 40/60 Paint Rule Is Perfect For Any Space
HGTV's Brian Patrick Flynn has a simple guideline for painting ceilings to keep your space cohesive: the 40/60 rule, where the ceiling is a 40 to 60% lighter shade than the walls.
Per the rule, if you were painting your walls blue, you would paint the ceiling a coordinating pale blue (about one or two shades lighter on a paint brand's color chart).
Flynn also recommends following the 40/60 rule for painting the trim, but in this case, you have the choice of going 40% darker or lighter, depending on your aesthetic preference.
A good color palette considers the entire room, and by including the ceiling, you create a more immersive and impactful design experience.