Painting the ceiling is one of the trickiest parts of interior painting.
There isn’t just one best ceiling paint that will work perfectly with every ceiling out there. Which paint you choose depends upon a few different things.
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.
Easy to Apply
The easiest paints to use are latex-based options. They dry the quickest and are the simplest to apply. You’ll probably see a lot of these on the shelves.
Most are color changing, meaning that although it looks pink or blue when applied, it will turn to the actual color of the paint you bought when dry. That way you, can see if you missed any spots more easily.
Oil-based. paints are another option, but we recommend to stay away from those entirely when it comes to your ceiling!
Best Ceiling Paint Colors
White is a great color to open up the ceiling and make it look wider.
If you’re matching the wall and ceiling colors and you have high ceilings, use a paint that is a couple of shades darker for the ceiling. For ceilings under 8 feet, use paint that is two shades lighter.
If you want to draw the ceiling down, you can try adding a wide border of paint. This border should be the same color as the wall around the outer edges. It should also include a rectangle in the center of another color. If you want the opposite effect, try a contrasting color for the border.
Choose a Finish
For most ceilings, a flat finish is ideal.
The flat finish reflects less light, so that you don’t have a glare coming from the ceiling. It also makes it harder to see imperfections. Most ceilings are textured, and flat-finished paint makes that texture less noticeable.
The last thing you want is for mold or mildew to start to grow on your beautiful new paint job. For bathroom ceilings, or ceilings where moisture is often present, use a mold and mildew-proof ceiling paint.
Need to just touch up an area of paint that has ripped on a textured ceiling?
Use pre-mixed popcorn ceiling patch paint. It can be applied with a standard paintbrush and blends in perfectly with a textured ceiling.
Ready to Get Painting?
With these tips, you can pick the best ceiling paint for the job.