Oh What a Feeling--Painting on the Ceiling
Add a little color to your life by painting that often ignored
canvass above your head-your ceiling.
Consider changing the atmosphere in your home by painting your ceilings.
They don't have to be replicas of the Sistine Chapel, but a new color above
your head will dramatically change the feeling of your room. Even a hint of
color can make a difference. A light peach on the ceiling will brighten a
room with a warm rosy hue much more than a cold white.
Paint can also be used to change the appearance of height of a ceiling. To
bring the ceiling lower in a cavernous room, make the walls a dark color and
the ceiling white. This will bring the eye to a firm point where the wall
ends and the ceiling begins, making the ceiling seem closer. Blurring that
line of demarcation between the walls and the ceiling will create the effect
of a high ceiling, since the eye cannot tell where the boundary exists
between the wall and the ceiling.
Once you've made up your mind to begin this project the next step is to
determine what kind of paint to use. You'll find you are faced with two
genres-ceiling paint or wall paint. How much of a difference can there be
in paint, you may wonder. A lot. For starters, price. Ceiling paint is
cheaper, but don't start calculating how much money you can save by painting
your walls with ceiling paint. There's a reason it's cheaper-ceiling paint
doesn't contain some of the expensive ingredients that make wall paint
resistant to smudge marks and easy to clean. Ceiling paint is also chalkier
than wall paint, and can be easily damaged in high traffic areas. Ceiling
paint is a flat paint that will not show imperfections as easily as glossier
wall paint. It is also a thicker paint, designed to reduce splatter when
While ceiling paint is exclusively for use on the ceiling, wall paint is a
bit more versatile. It works quite well on ceilings since it is easier to
tint than ceiling paint, so you will be able to get the exact color you
desire. Ceiling paints appear in far fewer colors-generally a variation on
the "white" theme. Recently, however, Martha Stewart introduced some color
to the ceiling paint world, and other companies will likely follow suit,
expanding your options for colorful ceilings.
You don't have to be Michelangelo to have a fabulous ceiling. A little
know-how and some paint can change your life-or at least your living room!
Sources: Patricia Dane Rogers, The Washington Post