How do I Choose the Best Ceiling Paint?

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If you are in the market for ceiling paint, think about what condition the ceiling surface is in. That can help you decide whether to buy paint with a glossy or flat finish. Consider both the overall size of the room and ceiling height when selecting a color. Make sure the brand you purchase is not too runny, as it may not give good coverage. You may also want to select a brand that is tinted a darker color to help you see where you have painted.

Think about whether your ceiling has cracks, peeling plaster, or other imperfections. If so, a ceiling paint with a glossy finish can make them more noticeable. When the surface is in good shape, a satin paint can sometimes reflect more light, making your room look bigger. Use a flat finish if you prefer to draw attention to the walls, especially if you are putting a wallpaper border up or stenciling them. Flat paint can also be a good choice if you have a limited budget, as this type is normally less expensive than glossy paint.

A dark color can make ceilings appear lower, while light shades can make them feel taller. Generally speaking, a ceiling paint should be approximately two shades lighter than the walls. White or eggshell colors are often ideal for rooms painted light colors. Pastel shades often look nice if walls are medium or dark.


Painting a ceiling can sometimes be a messy job, especially if the paint is very thin. Ask a sales associate to open a can so you can see how thick it is. This can be very helpful if you are painting a popcorn ceiling, as thin paint may not penetrate the grooves completely and may be more apt to run. A thicker paint may also provide coverage with a single coat in many cases.

Some types of ceiling paint may be tinted another color such as violet, blue, or pink. This is so you can see where you have painted. These paints nonetheless look white when they are dry. If you choose a paint such as this for your ceiling, read the label to see if the ceiling needs to be primed first.

A freshly painted ceiling can be the finishing touch to a newly-decorated room. Choosing the right ceiling paint is a crucial first step. It can make the job go smoother, while providing you with the look you desire. This is normally easy to do if you first consider the room being painted, your personal skills, and budget.


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Post 2

I think this is a good idea Rundocuri. Even if you want textured ceiling paint, you don't have to make a separate purchase. You can use the same paint that you apply on your walls, and simply use a sponger or rag to swirl the appearance of texture onto your ceiling while the paint is still wet.

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Usually when I paint a room, I just paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. I think this makes the room look larger, and it also saves money because you don't have to buy a separate ceiling paint color. I use a high-quality paint however, because I think it lasts longer and looks better on the walls and the ceiling.

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