Ceiling Paint

Complete the look of your room by updating your ceiling with a new coat of paint

Ceiling Paint

Ceilings are often overlooked during painting projects. But with a little consideration, they can be formatted to make the room seem larger or more intimate. New ceiling paint can enhance the décor below and have a sizeable effect on the room below.

This buying guide highlights the different types of ceiling paint available, along with popular colors and surface preparation and application.

Types of Ceiling Paint

Contrary to what some people think, there is a difference between ceiling paint and regular interior paint.

  • Ceiling paints are designed to provide a uniform surface as it should have the ability to hide and obscure stains and spots for a clean finish.
  • If your ceiling is made of drywall, plaster, masonry, stucco, acoustic tile or wood, you may need to find a paint that offers stronger adhesion qualities.
  • Ceiling paint should be durable enough to resist peeling and cracking.
  • Painting ceilings is easier with a sprayer or spray-on paint, and flat latex is the best choice for textured surfaces like popcorn ceilings.
  • Glazes can be used to coat paint and create a reflective sheen.
  • Eggshell and satin finishes offer a slight sheen as well.

Colors

Ceilings are most often painted white to reflect light and brighten up a room.

  • White ceilings also keep the focus on the color of the walls while making the walls appear brighter.
  • Should you decide to opt for a true color on your ceiling, do not use the same color on your walls.
  • Painting ceiling trim and borders to act as an accent might be a better way to go.
  • Darker colors can add warmth and make larger rooms feel cozy.

Surface Preparation and Application

Prior to applying new ceiling paint, you may need to remove existing loose paint and wash the ceiling.

  • Consider applying a primer before painting, or use ceiling paint with primer added to it.
  • If you are painting the entire room, do the ceiling first, and then proceed to the walls.
  • Glossy surfaces may need to be scuff sanded prior to painting.
  • Use a vacuum attachment to remove dust and cobwebs before painting.
  • Only apply paint between 50 – 90-degrees Fahrenheit.

Color Type Effect Points to consider

Dark

  • Provides a cozy, intimate feel
  • Visually shortens tall ceilings
  • Can dramatically alter the appearance of a room

Light

  • Makes rooms feel larger
  • Brightens up rooms
  • Offsets darker colors
  • Can be used on surrounding trim to offset white or dark colors
  • Many neutral colors available to complement a range of décor

White

  • Brightens up rooms
  • Reflects light
  • Makes rooms feel larger
  • Complements all décor
  • Can be mixed with colored paints to create a lighter,
    complementary shade