Difference between wall paint and ceiling paint

Thinking of changing the mood in your home with a fresh coat of paint? Well then you have to do some research. Did you know that the paint used on the walls is not the same as the one for the ceiling? You actually need two different kinds of paint, each with its own characteristics and special attributes.

The ceiling paint is obviously designed to be used on the ceiling. You only need a single coat to cover all the imperfections and there will be no splatters.

The wall paint, on the other hand, is thinner and you may need two or more coats to get the desired look, depending on the color.


Ceiling paint is formulated to cover all the edges and to hide all the imperfections. It’s flat and the light doesn’t reflect on it so any small irregularities are not enhances but hidden. The paint is more viscous to eliminate drippiness. Ceiling paint has to cover well, stick well and hide well and this is usually achieved at the expense of other characteristics not needed for this portion of the room.

Wall paint is designed to be more durable so you can easily clean it with soap and water. Scrubbing and cleaning don’t damage the paint. Also, it’s available in a variety of finishes. Glossy wall paint can make a room feel more spacious.


Ceiling paint is designed to allow you to apply it with ease. Some brands make their paint in such a way that it looks pale blue or pink when applied and then turns white when it dries out. This way you can easily spot the missed areas and apply the paint evenly. The colors available for ceiling paint are, however, very limited so if you want something less common you’ll most likely have to color your paint manually.

Paint designed for the walls is a lot more flexible. Is comes in a variety of finishes and colors, numerous different hues and can be used to create all sorts of interesting designs, patterns, etc.

Special characteristics.

There’s a variety of wall paint types, depending on the room you want to paint. For example, for the bathroom you should use wall paint that’s water resistant as well as resistant to mold and mildew. For the kids’ room, you’ll want something very resistant that can withstand scrubbing since you’ll have to clean the walls often. The same thing goes for the kitchen.

As far as ceiling paint goes, it’s basically the same for every room of the house. It just has to feature the attributes enumerated above.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on March 28th, 2011


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