Ceiling painting might seem daunting, but it’s a great way to add some interest to a room. From bold shades to unique patterns, there’s no limit to the types of designs you can create on your ceiling.
White is the traditional choice for ceiling paint, but you can also choose from a wide variety of colors. Darker shades can make a room feel more intimate, while lighter hues open up the space.
Choosing the right color for your ceiling might be a challenge, but it’s important to consider your home’s architecture and design. The color you select for your ceiling should coordinate with the wall paint and trim work in the rest of your house.
For example, if you have a lot of woodwork or trim work in the rest of your house, a more neutral shade of ceiling paint is a better choice than a bright color.
To get the most out of a single coat, try working in 4-by-4-foot sections, and rolling each section with overlapping strokes. This ensures that all the sections are covered evenly and creates less likelihood of lap marks when the next section dries.
Before you start, clear the area out and cover the floor with ceiling painting drop cloths to prevent dripping. You might want to wear a mask while you’re painting, and be sure to have a friend or family member with you.
Prepare your paint supplies
If you’re painting the ceiling, you’ll need to use a brush and roller. You should buy a brush that’s made for cutting in, or painting around the edges of the ceiling. Look for a brush with soft, slightly tapered bristles of 2 or 3 inches in width.
Once the brush is loaded with paint, cut in around the edge of the ceiling, creating a border 2 to 3 inches wide along each side of the ceiling. Once you’re happy with your cut-in line, you can use the brush to start applying paint to the rest of the ceiling.
Step 1: Stand on a step ladder and paint a cut-in line about 2 to 3 inches wide at the edge of the ceiling. It’s best to do this before the ceiling dries, but it isn’t necessary.
While standing on the floor, use a roller with an extension handle to paint the rest of the ceiling. The roller can be loaded with a little more paint than you need for a single section, so be sure to fill it before each pass.
As you roll the ceiling, be careful not to hit any of the walls or floors below it. It’s especially important for textured ceilings, where the material might fall off of your roller.
Repeat this process until the entire ceiling is complete. Then, check the ceiling for any spots you missed and if there’s any drips or spots that need touchups.
To keep your back healthy, try stretching before you begin painting. It can help you avoid neck pain and aching shoulders. You’ll need to crane your head and twist your body into strange positions during the painting process, so taking care of your physical health is crucial.