Ceiling Paint

If you are not sure whether your celling needs a renovation, just look up! If all you see is a gloomy paint color than maybe the time has come to give your fifth wall a little love and caring.

IntroWhether your ceiling looks yellowed due to everyday wear, or you are just thinking a new color to add some extra characters to your room. You should learn the each and every essential know-how of your paint project. If you want to revive your ceiling proficiently and boost the look and feel of your place’s interior.

In most interiors, a boring and neutral shade is the only ceiling color by default. I think that is a decorating opportunity which got missed. Like the rest of the four walls of your room, the right paint color above your head can enhance the look and feel of a space. But, I can guarantee you that, if done correctly, even that neutral and dull white color can be a thrilling ceiling color as well.

I have done some research today to help you paint your ceiling. And I came up with some useful tips, guidelines, and suggestions for this blog article.

Choosing the Right Paint for Your Ceiling

Choosing the Right PaintWhen it comes to painting a ceiling, selecting the right color can seriously make or break your room. But you can be brave enough to diverge from plain old white without any hesitation.

There isn’t just any best ceiling paint that works perfectly with every kind of ceiling out there. Meaning which color is best for your room that depends upon a few different things.

The right color for your ceiling can entirely depend on your situation, your penchant, walls color, the methods you are going to apply for your paint job, and the needs of the room. If you want to hide odd angles or make the ceiling disappear, then you should strongly consider painting the ceiling the same color as the walls. This is also useful if you are on a tight budget or need to finish your paint job quickly as you don’t have to spend some extra time thinking about the color for your ceiling.  If none of these is your case, then you might be able to get away with painting the ceiling with a different color, especially if the room has ‍a high ceiling.

Why Paint your ceiling?

The ceiling consists of almost one-sixth of the total space in the room, but most of the times it gets nothing but a coat of white paint. In fact, for the past a few decades, white has been used not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings, thanks to the following reasons:

  • White in the ceiling tends to disappear quickly so that you can focus your attention more on the rest of the parts of the room quickly.
  • A white ceiling also balances strong wall color, boldly colored walls look crisp and sharp, and the ceiling feels higher.
  • White color goes with almost every color and everything in the room.
  • Its dramatic effect has many design benefits, including natural and indoor light reflection and gives a flavor of the white-sunny-fresh
  • A white ceiling can make a small room feel bigger and brighter, and a room with a high ceiling seem closer.

That’s why we always suggest a flat white latex ceiling paint, the flat sheen is mild and does not draw the resident’s attention to itself. Though the dull sheen in most colors will show handprints easily and is problematic to clean when was the last time you put your hands on your ceiling?

How to Paint A Ceiling?

How to Paint A CeilingPainting a ceiling is one of the most complex parts of your interior painting. Don’t stand in the middle of the paint aisle staring at all of the options without a clue where to start. Take a few hints from us and choose the perfect paint for the job.

Don’t be afraid if this is your first time and you are planning to do it all your own. Because usually all the ceiling paint in the market are specifically manufactured to dry faster and splash less, it makes more comfortable to work with the painting overhead.

Save Your Floor and Furniture

You got to be sure to save your floor, and furniture from the paint drips, tape some light plastic to the walls near the ceiling and remove any artwork on the walls or cautiously cover with the plastic. If you use old bed sheets to cover your things, be sure to get rid of any drips as they fall on it since they will let the paint drop to bleed through onto your items. The best idea is to use a drop cloth with a different color than your paint, so you can easily and quickly notice your ceiling paint on the cloth.

Avoid Paint Freckles on Your Face

Rolling paint on the ceiling will bath you with a Refined mist. A cap and safety glasses are essential. It will save your head and face’s bigger part. And to make skin cleanup easier after the painting, don’t worry about the paint marks on your face and arms, those can be easily washed away with soaps/body lotions while you shower.

Sand Before You Paint

With a 100-grit drywall sanding paper by sanding pole, this will ensure a smooth paint job and increases the paint bonding to the ceiling. Wipe the ceiling with a semi-dry sponge to remove the dust afterward.

Cut in Before You Roll

It will help you to cover most of the brush marks with the roller. Prudently brush paint along the corners of the ceiling a section at a time.

Roll Both Directions

There are a few techniques to getting a smooth, consistent coat of paint on the ceiling. First, go quickly from one section to the next to make sure you are not letting the paint along the edge get dry before you roll the connecting section.

Buy A Good Ceiling Paint

Please refer to the “Choosing the Right Paint for Your Ceiling” above and “Some money-saving tips for your ceiling paint “section down of this blog post for further details about it.

Lap Your Cut-In onto the Walls

If you want to paint the walls too, lap the paint onto the walls a little bit.

You Don’t Need an Expensive Pole

You can buy all kinds of extravagant and expensive and extendable paint poles, but a simple wooden broom handle can work just absolutely fine. The reasons are simple. They’re cheap and light-weight and do the job perfectly.

Use a Thick Cover

Here’s a tip that can work on most paint jobs but is even more important for ceilings. You need the best roller cover in the market to finish the pairing process quickly and perfectly with less splash. And if you’re too concern about the price, then keep in mind that lambswool covers are easier to wash and can last longer if you take good care of them.

Roll Slowly If Your Ceilings Is Textured

Painting textured ceilings is a little risky thing to act upon. If the texture has been already painted, then maybe it’s okay to paint again. Otherwise, there’s a risk the water in the paint could loosen the texture, causing it to fall off in sheets. A lot depends on the quality of the texturing job. If you have a closet or other inconspicuous area. Do a test by rolling on some paint to see what happens. If the texture loosens, painting over the larger ceiling is risky.

If You Can’t Keep a Wet Edge, Feather Out the Paint

You can’t cover large areas like ceilings, higher walls or stairwells in single and continuous roller strokes, so the best way to minimize lap marks on these areas is to feather out the paint along the edges that you can’t keep wet. The thinner, feathered coat of paint will avoid the buildup that causes the lap mark.

Some Ceiling Paint Ideas

Some ceiling paint ideasI have given you some colors and color-combination choices apart from a plain white, so you can select what is suitable for you.

 Architectural Areas

Architectural AreasIf you have structural areas on or near your ceiling, such as tray ceilings, crown molding or skylights then painting the ceiling with a contrasting color can be an awesome design feature. Bolder or darker colors work fine in this case, as the typically white architectural detail supports to break up the deeper hue.

Bright Colors

Painting the ceiling with a bright or bold color, like yellow or orange, adds liveliness and curiosity to any space you have in your home. This is an excellent choice of colors if you have white walls and neutral furniture in your space. Brightly colored ceilings are perfect for fun and happy rooms, and also great in kitchens or bathrooms or where the finishes and furniture (such as a tub, tile, floors, and sink) are generally white or unicolor.

Dark Colors

Ceilings painted in dark gray, navy or black provide a warm and dramatic look and feel in your room. While these colors can make the ceiling feel lower, spaces with high ceilings or sufficient natural light are an outstanding choice to experiment with a darker color. It can be your favorite ceiling paint color once you have applied it.

White or other colors

There are times when white is the best possible solution indeed, but if you never consider anything other than the ordinary white, you may be missing out an opportunity to add some excitements and dramatic ambiance to your room. If you’re a little adventurous, then we have some tips on adding some color to your ceiling and transmuting your space.

White is the most used color for a ceiling but using another color on the ceiling can enhance a room’s look and feel, but make sure you are not using excessive colors in your primary living areas, just try to keep the ceiling treatment simpler there, so you don’t become tired or bored of it.

During the past decades, wall and ceiling painted with oil-based color used to be the standard available on the market. Nowadays the best type around is the latex, which is water-based (rather than oil) and is ideal for both ceiling and wall paints. The latex type dries faster and doesn’t have as much solvent fragrance as oil-based ones.

Special Suggestions

Special SuggestionsAlong with these tips, here are some motivational color ideas for your next ceiling journey:


A bright ceiling not only adds a little glamour to any room but also adds depth, thanks to its reflective feature.


A black ceiling adds stylish drama to a refined room such as a bedroom or dining room.


A navy ceiling can enhance the deepness to a room, just as black while giving it a regal feel.


A yellow ceiling brings a refreshing and bright hit of color to your room.

Pretty Patterns

If you tend to be an exploratory design fan, painting a pattern on the ceiling makes a modern yet classy and elegant statement. Whether you choose stripes or a symmetrical pattern, try to maintain a monochromatic color scheme with all the other elements in the room. Thus, your ceiling won’t compete with the geometric rug on your floor, for example, to make the room feel clumsy.

Some bonus ideas for you to consider

Some bonus ideas for you to consider

  • Paint your ceiling an airy shade of gray
  • A glossy white ceiling
  • Navy ceiling brings the cozy
  • Fake expensive wallpaper
  • A crisp white ceiling
  • Scandinavian folk art ceiling mural
  • A room with white walls and a lemon-yellow ceiling (can be perfect for your kitchen)
  • Vintage-inspired kitchen with a beadboard ceiling (we all love retro-styled kitchens, right?)
  • Consider decorating your kids’ room with a circus-inspired ceiling

Some Tips for Your Ceiling Paint

Some Money-Saving Tips for Your Ceiling PaintAs you definitely want to refurbish your house in a money-saving way, I have suggested some of the useful tips for you in this section. So you don’t have to spend tons of bucks for your paint project.


One of the top priorities will be for you to set the total expenditure limit before you start planning. It is important to keep in mind in budgeting that you cannot miscalculate your budget. Try to keep your budget undervalued at the beginning. And then move on to researching for things you need/prefer according to your findings.

Do the Research

Make sure you’ve done all your research before you go out and buy your paint.  You will be amazed at the how many options you have once you start your research. It’s important to measure your room’s ceiling to get an idea of how much paint you’ll actually need. Make sure you also get the idea about what supplies you’ll need too. If you need a roller, for example, or a small brush? Make sure you buy a good scrub and good paint. They’ll last you longer and will cost you less at the end of the day.

Do the Test-Paint

Once you’ve noted down some of your favorite colors for your paint project, get a few sample tubes of those colors. And paint them on your wall next to each other.  You will have to look at the colors at different times of the day in different lighting conditions. Because they may look different depending on the type of both natural and artificial lighting. Take a few days to decide the perfect color, if you are not in a rush. If you do it in a hurry, you might end up wasting more money and time repainting.

Go for Black or White

When renovating your ceiling, you might want to try a new paint. In that case, if you are on a tight budget then opt for a black and white palette. It gives your house a modern yet sophisticated look. And you will have the guarantee that you can almost never go wrong with white or black paint.

Buy High-Quality Paint

I know you are wondering that how high-quality paint will cost you money as a high quality means high price too. Indeed. But I have seen a lot of people bought low or below average quality paint to save their money. But they have ended up losing more money they could save. Don’t go for the cheapest one in the shop as the cheapest means the lowest quality. If you buy it maybe you will need to use 5 coats instead of 2. Due to the low quality and each coat will cost you extra bucks and your valuable time and energy. So, if you think wise and for the long-term, then you must use high-quality paint. It may cost you a few extra bucks now but can save you a lot of your money and time in future.

Do NOT use wall paints!

Don’t use a wall paint on your ceiling to save money. Let me tell you why. Ceiling paint is manufactured explicitly for ceilings only, and it is designed to dry faster than a wall paint. So you can work overhead easily, and hiding any filth in one coat without many splashes. It can be a bit expensive than colored wall paint, but you can look for a sale or discount to save money.

Another thing is, while wall paints come in an almost unlimited collection of colors and shades. Ceiling paint most generally comes in just one color, white. If you want to paint your ceiling in the same color as your wall, then this can be challenging for you. Unless your walls have the white color too.

There are lots of parameters in with a ceiling paint may differ from the wall paint. Such as function, features, types, and consideration etc. So, before you settle for plain and white ceiling paint, do your personal research well.

Best Ceiling Paint Finish

Best Ceiling Paint FinishBe sure to plan the finish of your paint, no matter what color you choose.

  • Ceiling paints are deliberately created to reflect less light coming through windows or doors.
  • They are often textured. A textured finish is enhanced with shiny paint.
  • The flat finish is the best for reducing the look of the texture and disguising imperfections on your flat ceiling.
  • For most ceilings, a flat finish is perfect as the flat finish reflects less light. So that the ceiling can’t grab all of your attention when you enter the room.
  • A flat or matte finish on a ceiling hides imperfection like pipes or cracks.


ConclusionIf you have other projects in your pipeline for the future or have a large ceiling. You can consider spraying it rather than using a roller brush. Even if you do not use the best ceiling paint, you will cut your time tremendously. Because spray painting a ceiling is ten times faster than rolling and painting ceilings is the hardest thing you’d do. Even when using the best ceiling paint on the market.

If you have walls with white paint. And your ceiling has a flat, smooth surface, consider painting your ceiling a softer color such as a lighter peach. Try a very light gray, a sky blue, or a pale yellow to give your room a fresh feel. It’s the next big thing to white! Further, a sky-blue ceiling on an outside screen porch will give you the feeling of bringing the outside nature into your room.

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I am an Alabama native and a wife, a mother of two beautiful girls, and a blogger. I got my MFA in fine arts from the University of North Caroline at Greensboro. I spend my free time giving DIY makeovers to local diners, restaurants, homes and blogging about my experiences and ideas. After the post-graduation I became a self-taught crafter, decorator, builder – you name it! I am also a certified home improvement professional, specialized in kitchen renovation, design, and décor. But my ultimate passion lies in writing. I have molded my specialties in my passion. So, my blog is all about home improvement ideas and tips. I try to help the readers of mine by sharing my favorite DIY home décor projects, home renovations, and DIY furniture projects. As a writer, I am passionate about providing design and décor advice in order to help others find alternative ways towards a beautiful and holistic home improvement idea.


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