This obsession derives more from a quality-of-life concern than it derives from a profit motive: if fifty or a hundred bucks can substantially improve the "feel" of your suburban gem (and therefore it's re-sale value), why not?!
Case in point.
We paid for the proverbial "outdoor room" builder option on our house, the attached covered patio, 10 feet by 14 feet in size. If I'm recalling correctly, it was an extra $5,600 on the base price, which was the deal of the century as far as I'm concerned. About $40 per square foot for an entire extra living space wired for electricity and (in our case) a gas line for the BBQ. It's a room that does not have two of its four walls, but who cares?! Every other room in our house has all of its expected walls. It's good to mix things up - walls vs. no walls.
|The "patio" that came standard was a simple 10' x 10' free-standing un-covered concrete slab. The "optional cov'd patio" was larger and fully-integrated into the slab and roofline.|
- Brown bricks on two interior walls.
- Brown bricks on two exterior support columns.
- Brown paint on the trim and soffit.
- Brown paint on the ceiling.
- And just to finish things out, a greyish brown concrete floor.
|No camera is ever going to expose this type of scene properly without extensive re-jiggering, but you get the idea: bright blue sky, dark patio.|
The question was, lighten it up with what?!
White was an obvious option, but white is so 1970. (And 1980. And 1990. And 2000.) So I decided to go with the other obvious option: blue to correlate with the blue sky that was constantly manifesting just on the other side of the soffit.
"BLUE!" It's to create a ceiling that feels light and airy and non-oppressive. If the color BLUE jumps out and slaps you upside the head when you step onto your patio, this indicates that you've overshot your mark and added too much blue.
You can see from these test spots above that many of the shades ranged into aqua. Aqua did not sit well with me in part because it seemed to clash with all the surrounding green shrubs and trees.
|Here's another view looking straight up, to incorporate both the sky and the patio ceiling for color comparison.|
The "satin" part is probably just as important as the shade itself. The covered patio was absorbing too much light. Having a ceiling paint that is reflective helps brighten it. A flat paint would have seemed dull.
|The finished product.|
Note that the light pattern near photo right is sunlight reflecting off a water feature down below.
|Another view of the ceiling superimposed against the adjacent sky.|
No more Black Hole of Calcutta.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Sky is Blue, which is where the men get separated from the boys, as far as fifty-dollar home improvement projects go.