Not too long ago the standard for your ceiling paint was white. But nowadays more homeowners are seeing their ceiling as somewhere they can add color to for further interest and style. But you do need to think about this carefully, choosing the right ceiling paint can be a little more complicated than just choosing a color you like, after all you need to think about a lot of things. Here are some tips on choosing the best ceiling paint and how to go about painting your ceiling.
Choosing The Best Paint Color For Your Ceiling
Paint color is important when considering painting your ceilings in something other than white and there are a few things to think about depending on the type of ceiling you have and your home’s architecture.
Low ceilings – If you have a lower ceiling a good idea for paint is to use a cool and light color on them. Low ceilings tend to make a room feel more cramped and people may feel more hemmed in. By using cool and light colors you can make the area feel more open and lifted. Off whites, creams or a cool light color that suits the room are a good option. Off whites with green or blue undertones work well also. Avoid dark and warm shades as these will make the room feel more closed in which is not what you want with a low ceiling.
Wall color – When painting the ceiling you obviously need to consider your wall color. A good tip is to paint you ceiling a couple of shades lighter than the one you have used on the walls, especially if you have crown molding. On the molding use a semi gloss white to make it stand out.
High ceilings – In some homes there are high ceilings for example in entryways. In that case darker and warmer colors are acceptable as it helps make them feel closer and adds a warmth to the space so it is less cold. Something like a dark chocolate has a great impact on a two story ceiling.
Vaulted ceilings – To avoid getting the look of paint lines that are not even and to highlight the architectural detail it is a good idea to bring the paint color of the walls up to the side ceilings and then use a darker or light shade of that color on the top ceiling.
Soffits and low vaulted ceilings – Paint these areas the same color as the walls. This gives the room a better flow and looks more attractive. When people paint these areas the same color as the ceiling, it causes a break in the eye, can be jarring, makes them stand out and is less attractive.
What paint to use on your ceiling
For some areas Matt paint is going to be a great choice though it is true it does not clean well. It is the most affordable option and since you are going to be painting larger areas that is something that may be important to you. Also it is far more forgiving when it comes to blemishes. Other types of paint tend to show up every little blemish or miss stroke. It is also a good option to hide any flaws in the ceiling you might have. It can be used for ceilings, pantries, utility areas and garages.
Tips for painting your ceiling
If you plan it out and have the right tools you can paint your ceiling easily without getting into a mess with splattered paint all of the place and all of you! Here are some tips for painting your ceiling.
Invest in the right tools – You need to get yourself a good quality paint roller, not the cheapest one you kind find at the store. Good quality ones will require less effort to use them and make the process go quicker. You should get something with a handle that is extendable so that you can reach all the areas you need to. It should come with a paint tray that has a deeper end and a shallow end. You also need to make sure you get one suitable for whether your ceiling is smooth or textured. If you have a textured ceiling you need a roller that has a thicker nap. Naps are the fibers that are on the roller. Different kinds affect how they absorb the paint. If you have a smooth ceiling you need a roller with short nap. Along with the roller you should make sure you have a ladder and a good paint brush.
Prepping the area – You need to take out curtains, light fixtures and furniture as the last thing you want is for paint to fall on them and ruin them. If you cannot remove larger pieces cover them properly with tarp, drop cloths or even old newspapers. Check the ceiling and the walls for cracks and dust and if needed clean them otherwise that dust or cobwebs can get onto your roller or paintbrush and mess up your nice paint job. If you are using a different color to the wall use some painter’s tape along where the wall meets the ceiling so that paint does not go where it should not, and so that you get a nice clean line between the two colors.
Cutting in – Where there are areas that cannot be rollered such as around light fixtures, crown moldings, along the trim you need to use the paintbrush and paint there first. This is called cutting in. Use small strokes and guide them inwards to the center of the room.
Start the painting – If you have just finished the cut in lines start with the roller elsewhere on the ceiling first. Make sure you have enough paint in your tray, dip the roller in the deep section then roll it over the shallow section to coat the whole roller and remove excess paint. Use a zigzag pattern across larger areas and fill in the whole section. Leave to dry and then decide whether or not the ceiling needs a second coat or whether you can see any touch ups you need to do.
With these tips you can correctly choose a color for your ceiling, the right paint and have the right tools to make the job a lot easier. You will create a great look without too much money spent, worry or time wasted!