It’s healthy to have a reasonable amount of anxiety about the task of painting your ceiling. You probably imagine drops of paint creating its own version of abstract art all over the floors and furniture in the room. The simplest way to paint your ceiling is to get up on a ladder with an extension and paint with confidence. Interior design requires inspiration and perspiration, so marrying the two will help you complete the project.
Use a Roller
Although many techniques and products are meant to help make the task of painting a ceiling easier, the best method is to use a roller. Rollers provide the best coverage and the smoothest application. You’ll also notice less splatter when you’re working with a roller, unlike paint sprayers, for example. You’ll have more control and be able to manage the project much more efficiently with a roller.
It Takes Time
Painting your ceiling should be a project in and of itself. This means, don’t add it to a long list of other home improvement activities that you have lined up for a day. It will require, in some cases, an entire weekend all to itself. Many people call it the “fifth wall” because of the preparation and application that goes into completing the job.
White is the Way
White is the best color choice for ceiling applications. You may be tempted to add a pop of color and bring more excitement or energy into a space, but it’s better to refrain. A flat, white ceiling will bring more light into the room as it bounces more efficiently around the room. It also provides the concept of the “limitless vista” which gives the room a feeling of openness and more space.
Create a Grid
Start by sectioning off your ceiling into imaginary three-foot by three-foot sections. This will help you keep track of where you’ve painted already and where you need to go next, as this could become difficult with white-on-white painting projects. You could also use the light of a laser level to help you keep track.
When painting ceilings, drips are inevitable. Therefore, do your best to be prepared by using drop cloths. If necessary, you may also need to cover the other walls in the room to avoid paint transfer, drips, and smears.