Step 1: Choose the Best Ceiling Paint for Your Space
Once you’ve decided to paint your ceiling, the first step is to determine the best type of paint for your particular ceiling. If you have a smooth ceiling that is already painted, then you have the most options. There are specially formulated ceiling paints that have a particular viscosity and sheen that allows for a drip-free application, but they are pricier than regular interior latex paints. If you decide to go with regular latex paint, try to pick a paint with a KU (Krebs Units) measurement that is 106 or higher (you can find this on the back of the can). The KU measures the thickness of the paint. These paints will stick better to the ceiling, preventing unwanted drips during the drying process. Opt for a no- or low-luster sheen to minimize the appearance of imperfections. If you are going from a dark paint color to a light paint color, then you’ll want to start with a coat of primer before painting.
Many people think of white as the sole color option for ceilings, but there are many other hues that can be used to add character to your space. Other colors will heighten drama and create contrast. Be sure to choose a color that picks up on similar hues throughout the room to create a cohesive look. Patterns are also an option if you’re interested in stenciling a design on your ceiling.
Please note that there is specially formulated ceiling tile paint for rooms where acoustics are important, and there is another process altogether for painting popcorn ceilings (see step 6).