If you're tackling a paint project in your home, whether it's a bedroom, bathroom, family room, or kitchen, you should always start your painting project with the ceiling, then work your way down to the walls and finally the trim. Skipping out on painting the ceiling may make your room look drab and dark. You'll be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling can do to brighten a room and make it feel clean. See below for tips on how to paint your ceiling and other paint tips to help you get the job done.
Use The Right Paint
Paint your ceilings using either flat, eggshell or satin paint. Anything else will give too much of a shine. You can paint the ceiling any color you prefer, although painting it white helps give your ceiling the illusion of added height. A contrasting color can add dimension to a room, while painting the entire room (ceiling included) one color gives the room a cozy feeling.
Get The Tools
When painting a ceiling, you'll want to use a roller with a long-handled extension so you don't have to go up and down a ladder too many times. You'll also need a paintbrush to cut in the paint at the corners and edges of the room. You don't need to use painter's tape on the ceiling, because you're starting with the ceiling first (before painting your walls) and you don't need to worry about your paint lines.
Starting with the paintbrush, dip it into the paint, wiping off just one side. Apply the paint to the corners of the ceiling/wall and all around the edges. Also be sure to paint around any light fixtures as well with the paintbrush. Paint down the wall about 1 inch with the ceiling paint. When you are finished cutting in the paint, take your roller and start rolling the paint onto the ceiling. Paint in short lines about three feet long, continuing to roll the paint along until you meet the other wall. Then begin painting another three foot section. Continue rolling the paint on the ceiling, making sure to add paint to your roller as needed, until you have finished the entire ceiling. Once you have finished painting the ceiling, wait for the first coat to dry and check to see if you need a second coat. Add a second coat if necessary.
When the ceiling is finished (and dry), you can begin painting your walls. When you paint your walls, come down the wall about 1/2 inch, allowing some of the white ceiling paint to show. This line helps hide any imperfections or sagging where your ceiling meets your walls.
Painting your ceiling can be a bit of a pain, but it gives the room a finished look. You won't be disappointed. If you don't feel up to the task, a residential painting contractor can handle any part of this job for you.