How to Paint a Ceiling

Sarah Robinson

About Ceiling Painting 

When you paint a room, you probably only really think about the wall color. But there’s one other part of the room that also needs to get painted: your ceiling. Most people tend to keep things pretty basic when it comes to painting ceilings, but there’s no reason why you can’t get a little more creative. Here’s what you need to know about painting your ceilings.

Do you paint the ceiling or walls first?

If you’re painting an entire room, it’s best to work from the top down. That means you should paint the ceiling first. It’s often easier to start with the ceiling since you won’t have to worry about any splatter or potential paint drips messing up freshly painted walls. If it does happen, it’s much easier to fix, since you’re going to paint the walls anyway. 

What is different about ceiling paint?

Ceiling paint is much different from wall paint, as it is specifically formulated for ceilings. It’s a higher viscosity paint with more solids in the mix, which means it’s thicker and adheres better. This is so you get fewer drips and splatters during the painting process. It also means you get better coverage—with most ceiling paint, you only need one coat to cover the surface. It’s designed to hide imperfections and create a clean look.

Is ceiling paint flat or glossy?

Most ceiling paint has a flat finish and is often times the flattest finish possible. This is because any amount of glossiness in ceiling paint will reflect more light and can end up highlighting any imperfections that you don’t want to be seen. However, it is possible to paint ceilings in a higher gloss finish. Sometimes going for a high-gloss finish on your ceiling can add to the drama of a room, helping to reflect more light from lamps and candles. 

What color to paint ceilings

Let’s start off by addressing one of the most common questions about painting ceilings: Is there a standard ceiling paint color? The answer is yes—kind of. Most often, people tend to go with a classic, crisp white ceiling. A white ceiling almost feels like it disappears, bringing the focus back to the furniture, artwork, and walls of the room. However, sometimes this sharp white basic ceiling white can feel a bit too harsh in a space. In this case, you should look for warmer creamy whites or something with a cooler base to balance out your room. White is the most common color for ceilings, but there’s not necessarily one standard shade of white. 

However, you don’t have to stick to white ceilings. Using a bit of color on the ceilings can really add an unexpected element a room. However, there are some things to consider when moving away from white ceilings. The first thing is whether to go with light or dark colors. Generally speaking, lighter ceilings tend to open up a room and make it seem taller, while dark colors will make ceilings feel lower, creating a much more intimate vibe.

Another thing to think about is the natural light in a room. If you have a space that is flooded with natural light all day, lighter colors will feel more airy and relaxed, while a room that gets most of its light from lamps and candlelight will benefit from the warm glow that is created from the reflection of the light on a darker color with warm undertones. 

If you’re considering painting your ceiling, book your free, no-obligation estimate today! We’ll be happy to give you advice on what will work best for your space.