What Are The Types Of Paint Used For Ceilings?

There is always one, persisting question when it comes to repainting projects:

“What type of paint should I color my ceiling?”

Paints are formulated differently, and for a good reason. Some are best used in walls, while others are best used for ceilings. There’s a reason why paint types carry various textures, colors, and sheens of paint.

While it is true that you can use any type of paint anywhere you want, choosing the right type of paint will be more worthwhile and long-lasting.

Since the areas of your home vary in temperature and micro-climates, this poses a need for using different types of paint, regardless of the surface you want to paint. Now, remember: this is not a marketing scheme. Companies are not showing you tons of options to confuse you. For instance, you need to consider the humidity levels of a bathroom versus a kitchen for you to come up with the ideal type of ceiling paint.

In this article, we will discuss the different types of paint you should use for your ceiling, as well as certain tips you should keep in mind that will help you to channel your inner Michaelangelo.

What makes a great ceiling paint?

Ceiling paint is an underrated yet critical part of our home’s interior design. The color and type of paint can make or break the space’s overall appeal.

A good ceiling paint should be long-lasting not to crack, peel, and should cover imperfections. Any paint type can be the perfect paint for your ceiling—it only depends on what type of ceiling you have. Therefore, determining the right type of paint for your ceiling is as important as finding out the type of ceiling surface you are planning to repaint.

Types of paint for ceiling

There are only a few painting products that announce its intentions and specific uses head-on. If you go to a hardware store, you will notice other paints are not location-specific. But the thing is, when painting your ceiling, you have to factor in where you are going to paint in order to buy the ideal paint.

Here are some of the basic types of paint for your ceiling, as well as their corresponding pros and cons:

Flat paint

Flat paint is known to have the most pigment than any other types of paint, which earns it the moniker “concealer paint” and “matte paint.” This type of paint is the most recommended type of paint for ceilings because it is nonreflective, therefore the paint will just soak up any light that attempts to reflect or direct at it. Moreover, flat, matte paint is relatively easier to apply than any type of paint finish, and is usually the cheapest option.

Flat paint is better used on ceilings and even walls that have holes, scratches, water stains, or bumps since they conceal imperfections with just a few rolls. It is best used for low-traffic rooms and has a high source of light like your personal home workspace and dining rooms. 

Gloss paint

This type of paint comes in a variety of sheens, varying from highly shiny and light reflecting to semi-gloss. It creates a beautiful lacquered ceiling usually done as a specialty finish. It’s glamorous glass-effect is the hardest to apply out of all finishes. It is great for accents, and is better used accentuating décor pieces than in the ceiling. 

Eggshell paint

Eggshell paint renders a slight sheen and may be ideal for several reasons. For one thing, it is easier to clean compared to flat paint, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Eggshell paint provides low sheen, making it somewhat flat in finish but with little gloss, making it not distracting. 

Satin paint

Satin finish has low sheen but more reflective than eggshell paint. This type of paint is better used in areas with high humidity, such as the bathroom, laundry room, and basement.

Tips for a great ceiling

When you find yourself confused with these options, it is always wise to go with what the general public follows: using a flat, matte acrylic paint. It is easier to apply, faster to dry, and cheaper compared to other types of paint.

When it comes to color, most people choose white or ivory because it creates a wider, more open feeling. Plus, it reflects ambient light.

When planning and preparing your ceiling for a painting project, remove the furniture from the room. This will expedite the time you paint your ceiling because you would not worry about dripping paint and splatters anymore. To keep paint from drippage, it is advisable to use an interior latex paint that has more than average viscosity.

If your ceiling has drywall cracks, popcorn ceiling texture, and other forms of damage, consider hiring a professional and have it fixed. Some damages need to be sealed first before any painting action occurs.