How To Choose The Best Paint For A Ceiling!


by Houston Texas Painters - September 20, 2021

When painting a room, don’t forget to look up! Painting the roof is as important as painting the walls!  However, choosing the perfect paint for your ceiling can get a little tricky. 

Do you need special paint for the ceilings? In a sense, yes! However, it doesn’t mean you need to invest in a labeled “ceiling paint.” Any paint with the right features can get the job done! 

Learn here what type of paint do you need for your ceiling!

What is the best paint finish for ceilings?

The first thing to consider when choosing paint for a ceiling is the finish! A paint finish, or sheen, means how “shiny” the painted surface will be. It can go from flat to glossy. The flatter the paint, the lighter it will absorb and the less sheen it will have!

For paint ceiling, the lower the sheen, the better. The best finishes for ceilings are satin, eggshell, and matte! They are the best option for ceilings for many reasons:

  • A low-sheen paint draws less attention to the ceiling. This way, people can focus on the rest of the room! In most cases, people want the ceiling to be as “invisible” as possible for this reason.
  • Flatter paints are better at covering imperfections. Let’s say you are painting an old wood ceiling. If you use high-sheen finishes, the paint will reveal every crack and crevice on the surface. On the other hand, a matte or eggshell finish can cover up the details!
  • Low-sheen paints are usually thicker. A high-viscosity (or thicker) paint is less prone to dripping. If you want to avoid a mess, this is the way to go! 

What other things should you consider when choosing ceiling paint?

The finish is the most important thing to consider, but not the only one. For example, paint color can change a room completely! But not only that, the texture you are painting affects the whole painting project. Read here what else you should consider when choosing ceiling paint.

Paint color

In an interior painting project, the ceiling color is as important as the wall color. However, you can’t just simply pick the same paint. Usually, the ceiling is at least two or three shades lighter than the walls. 

Many professional and DIY painters choose white ceilings to make the room feel bigger and reflect ambient light. However, it is not a written law. For example, a darker hue can make a room feel cozy and intimate—fitting a bedroom perfectly.

Ceiling texture

Many details in your painting project depend on the texture you are painting. A smooth surface requires less preparation than painting a porous and irregular surface! 

If your ceiling has a texture, like a popcorn ceiling, you might benefit from stripping it before continuing! However, you could keep the texture and add a coat of primer. A latex primer can fill up holes and other surface imperfections in a textured ceiling.

The room (and how humid it is)

Not every type of paint resists moisture. In some bathrooms, moisture is a huge issue! Because high-sheen paints are usually more resistant to humidity, choosing the perfect paint finish for a bathroom ceiling can be a dilemma!

Satin paint is in the middle of matte and high-gloss finishes, and it is usually the best option for bathroom ceilings. You can learn more about painting a bathroom here!

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Painting a room seems like too much trouble? Hire professional painters and forget about the hassle! Houston Texas Painters has many years of experience in home painting and remodeling projects. 

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