How to Paint a Ceiling With a Color Block Design

by Lindsey
5 Materials
4 Hours

Do you consider the ceiling a fifth wall? Until about a year ago I never thought I would want to paint a ceiling anything other than white. Since then I’ve noticed more and more painted ceilings and you know what- they are stunning! Let me take you through my journey of how to paint a ceiling with a color block design.

When I say color block what I mean is rather than painting the whole wall, only a “block” of it will be painted.

The idea is to paint the entire ceiling and a small portion of the top of the walls.

First, determine the dimensions of the color block design. Next remove any fans, AC vent covers, or outlet covers. Lay your drop cloths over any furniture and set your laser level up.

Apply the Frog Tape on the laser level line

You can see my laser level is broke so I used tape to secure it to the wall. LOL

Wet a damp washcloth or paper towel and wipe the Frog Tape down

Once you've applied the Frog tape all over the room wet it! Frog tape is "activated" when a wet washcloth is applied to it.

View of the room with Frog Tape. Next pour paint into the paint sprayer.

Start painting!

Using the paint sprayer, begin by spraying in long even strokes in the opposite direction of how you look into the room. Let the first coat dry and apply the second coat of paint.

Remove the Frog Tape before the paint is fully dry

It's important to remove the paint before it dries so it won't pull off when you remove the tape.

Seems fairly easy, right?

After you remove the Frog tape, go ahead and put the ceiling fan and switches back.

Ready to see it?

I love the dimension it gives the room! What do you think?

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  • Robyn Robyn on Oct 25, 2021

    This is something I’ve wanted try, but I need a painting technique to make my walls look higher. Does anyone know how to accomplish that? I’ve wondered if painting the wall color up the walls and then a few inches around the perimeter of the ceiling would do that. Any thoughts?

  • Jackie Sears Ordiway Jackie Sears Ordiway on Jan 11, 2022

    I have low ceilings & ready to paint my guest room. I like the gray & white colors. Please help with any suggestions

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  • JH JH on Oct 24, 2022

    I agree with the molding, it gives dimension and depth.

    But, with the room you did this in, it turned out perfect in my opinion. Still would add molding, but I like what you did.

  • Mau70711833 Mau70711833 on Nov 10, 2022

    Curtains that are even just underneath the cornice and tothe floor make a room look higher.