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.
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.
There are lots of different ways to use paint to make either the ceiling or the walls of a room stand out. This bedroom designed by Robin Gonzales Interiors is interesting and not just because of its capacity for no less than 8 beds but also because it has a beautiful lime-colored ceiling with white beams going across it.
Plain white walls and ceilings can look great too, especially when they’re complemented by contrasting support beams or other elements that distract from the monochrome backdrop. Wettling Architects offer here a beautiful example in the form of this stylish beach house living room with raw wooden beams and a stone fireplace.
It’s not very often that we see a ceiling that truly stands out. It’s often overlooked and usually stays white which is why designs like the one designed by Obelisk Home are so inspiring. The ceiling in this bedroom has a focal point centered above the sleeping area while the rest of it and the walls are white in order to establish a balanced look.
Putting an emphasis on the ceiling is a really cool idea for spaces like the kitchen where there’s a lot going on and the aesthetics take a step back in favor of functionality. Rather than having all the walls covered in cabinetry, this kitchen has two big farmhouse-style islands marked by dark gray ceiling sections with ornate chandeliers hanging from their center.
By giving this basement a black ceiling, studio Ryan Duebber Architect (RDA) managed to more easily hide all the exposed pipes and other elements, creating an intentionally industrial yet still very much simple and modern décor for the living room.
Here the kitchen and the dining area are combined into one big and open space. The wooden floor looks the same throughout the space as well as the directly adjacent living room and that provides continuity. The ceiling however is the one that differentiates these areas and helps them stand out each in their own way. This interior was designed by RLH Studio.
Interestingly enough, this is a way of making the walls of a room appear taller. The idea is to shave the walls and the ceiling painted in different and contrasting colors and to create a border along the upper section of the walls in the same color as the ceiling. This is also a cool and easy way of dealing with walls or corners that are not perfectly straight and of hiding small imperfections.
This kitchen furnished by William Ohs needed a little bit of color in its design and it came in the form of this beautiful blue ceiling. That allows all the cabinetry to remain plain white and draws the eyes up towards the ceiling. Also, the color is reminiscent of a clear blue sky and creates a relaxing, calming and serene ambiance in the room.
Black is a very strong and often intimidating color which not many dare to include into the interior design of their homes. If used in a stylish and creative manner, it can look really amazing. Check out this gorgeous dining room by Lizette Marie Interior Design. It has an elegant wooden floor, wallpapered walls with a graphical black and white pattern, a chic chandelier and stylish furniture throughout. The element that stands out the most however is the black ceiling.
On the subject of cool and eye-catching ceilings, we’d also like to direct your attention towards this study room created by Nicholaeff Architecture + Design. It has one of the most interesting ceiling designs we’ve seen so far that features an eye-catching mix of geometric shapes, colors, finishes and depths.