aaron • July 5, 2016 • Comments Off on Painting Tips for the Perfect Ceiling
Look up. What do you see? If you’re at home, you’re looking at your ceilings. Ever wonder why they’re most often painted white? Do your ceilings appear too high in some areas or too low in other areas; making it difficult for you to make decorating decisions? The answer to these questions could be as simple as a can of paint. Painting ceilings is something we’ll gradually be seeing a lot more of because it’s a great way to solve common decorating problems.
That’s Right! Painting ceilings an actual color can resolve decorating problems and complete the look and feel of a room tremendously. As you can see in this luxurious bedroom, the ceiling paint color matches closely with the wall paint color making the room appear totally “tied together.” Almost as if the room itself is the actual comforter you’re securely snuggled under.
Painting ceilings will allow you to magically transform rooms and resolve decorating dilemmas; making a room with very high ceilings appear warm and cozy by painting ceilings a darker color or making smaller rooms appear larger by painting ceilings a lighter color.
Ceilings can also be painted a completely different color than the walls. For example, bright pink walls with a sky blue ceiling can provide a dreamy effect in a kid or teenage bedroom. On the contrary, an adult room can feel encapsulated with the walls and ceilings in varying shades of the same color.
Your ceilings are a part of the room that should not be neglected. Just because the builder took the easy way out, followed tradition and sprayed the popcorn, star burst or laid the dry wall in white, doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Ceilings need love, too. Show them some love by making them a part of the rest of the room!
When it comes to painting a house there’s nothing that makes people cringe more than the thoughts of painting a ceiling. You just know you’re going to wind up covered in drops of paint – no matter how much you cover your arms, face and head. On top of that it’s just a plain old awkward place to get at and you never know quite what the surface finish of the ceiling is like until you get started. So how are you going to get the results you want with your ceiling painting project?
The first place to start looking is at your tools and choosing the right paint for the job at hand.
Obviously the first big item on your shopping list is paint. You need to know your paint types. You can choose from the two main categories of oil and latex paint. Then you need to look at the type of finish you want to achieve. A gloss paint will help you reflect a lot of light around a room. .
Outside of your day-to-day paints there are some special types of paints that you would only use on specific types of painting jobs. There are many paints to cover the textured ceilings.
If it happens that the ceiling you are to paint is all-round textured, you need to say goodbye to rollers. These simply won’t do with textured stucco-type ceiling. You’ll have to look at spraying and this means plenty of ventilation and a certain level of skill – which if you don’t possess you’ll have to hire somebody in instead. Otherwise you are going to make a huge mess which is the last thing you really want in your home right?
To prime your walls or not to prime your walls? Well the simple answer is more often than not you will need to. There’s far more reasons for applying a coat of primer before you start painting. Outermost parts should then be primed – more so if the entire surfaces are porous or damaged in any way – recent touch up jobs on cracks for example. You’ll also save a small fortune by only having to apply one or two coats of actual paint .
If you want to cut down on the mess you make while you’re painting your ceilings then make sure you’ve mixed your paint properly. To test the consistency of your paint try it on a small patch of wall. If the paint isn’t thick enough it will run down the wall. That’s not what you want because that means lots of drips from the ceiling so you know you need to check the consistency.
One of the most useful items in your painting toolkit is an extension pole for your roller so that you’re not damaging your neck and shoulders. It will allow you to effectively paint ceilings – especially the higher types of ceilings. While painting try to keep the pole at an angle – this will help stop you getting covered in splatters of paint and keep the major stresses off your back, neck and shoulders.