ceilings aren’t flat anymore
Recently we had some water damage to our master bathroom ceiling. We’ve been living with a big hole in the ceiling, and I am so excited to get it fixed. New drywall will go up, and we’ll need to prime and paint — no big deal.
hold your horses!
Nothing is ever that simple in my life. The walls and ceiling in our master bathroom are currently painted all the same color and sheen. I’m not a huge fan. I’m old school, and I like my ceilings to be a different color from the walls unless it was a deliberate design decision, which this was not. The contractor sprayed everything the same color to make the process go faster. The paint is also flat. Again, not a huge fan.
I’ve decided I’m going to paint the ceiling the same color as the trim in the house, Sherwin Williams Creamy, #7012. Traditionally ceilings are painted in a flat matte finish. Flat paint is easy to apply, you rarely see brush strokes, and it minimizes imperfections that may be on the ceiling or wall. This is one reason contractors like to use flat paint so much.
do I have to paint my ceiling flat?
This got me thinking. Do I have to paint my ceiling flat? The answer to that, of course, is no! I’m allowed to paint it whatever sheen I want because we own the house. Many homeowners tend to forget that.
There are pros and cons to painting your ceiling a sheen. If you know anything about paint you already know that it comes in a variety of sheens; egg-shell or satin, semi-gloss, high-gloss and lacquered. A lacquered finish is the most highly reflective glass-like finish available. It is a varnish that you apply over high gloss paint. The effect is stunning!
lacquered finishes are very labor intensive
It involves lots of sanding in between coats of paint to ensure that the painted surface is as smooth as possible for a perfect surface. Every nick and scratch will show up with this type of finish. You need to have patience and be a bit of a perfectionist to achieve this look.
a little sheen can go a long way
You don’t need to go to the extreme of lacquering your ceilings to get a bit of reflection. Most of the pictures for this post show lacquered ceilings because satin and semi-gloss ceilings don’t show up as well in photos.
Which do you prefer a flat sheen or a bit of gloss? Would you be willing to go all the way with a lacquered finish? I’ll let you know what I decide to do with my bathroom ceiling. More than likely it will NOT be flat sheen!