Glossy paint reflects a lot of light. As a result, finishing your ceiling with glossy paint will result in a ceiling that aggressively reflects light. Gloss paint, on the other hand, may provide a sense of elegance if your wall is flat and smooth. However, if your ceiling is textured or has features like beams or joists, then it's best to use an eggshell or semi-gloss finish.
The most common types of ceilings are:
Tongue-and-groove - Also called paneling or wood beaming, this is the most common type of ceiling found in homes. It's made up of horizontal boards separated by vertical members (joists) that support the roof above. Tongue-and-grove ceilings are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. They're generally considered easy to work with because there's no need to worry about painting around lights or plumbing. The only caveat is that if you choose a color that's very close to the wood, it might appear muddy when painted on the surface.
Drop - This type of ceiling is used mostly in industrial settings. It's made up of large panels of metal or plastic that are attached to the structure above with screws or bolts. Drop ceilings can be plain white or have simple designs etched into them. They're easy to paint because there's no mess when removing tools.
There are several compelling reasons to paint your ceilings the same color as your walls. To retain a sense of cohesion, whether you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or a lighter shade, apply the same paint gloss throughout. Avoid using matte or dull-finish paints for your ceiling because they will look dirty quickly. Also, be sure to select a matching color between the wall and the ceiling so that they don't appear to be two different colors right next to each other.
The main reason to paint your ceiling the same color as your walls is visual. It gives the room a complete feel by not making any part of it stand out. If you want to make a particular area of the room look more interesting, such as over the bed or in a closet, then do not match the walls and ceiling exactly. Use a light color for the ceiling to allow darker colors, such as blues or reds, to show through.
Matching the ceiling and wall colors makes the room look larger because there are less divisions inside the house. This can be important if you plan to sell your home soon after painting it. Make sure to get professional help with measuring and estimating your project cost before you start painting.
Matching your ceiling and wall colors is also useful if you want to create a uniform feeling across an entire room.
Almost always, ceilings should be coated with a flat, matte acrylic paint. This is because flat paint does not reflect light or take attention away from the wall or room furniture. Ceilings don't get much wear and tear, therefore a glossy, long-lasting paint isn't required.
The color you choose should blend in with your other colors. If you want to draw attention to the ceiling, go for a bright color. Otherwise, keep it simple and neutral.
You can also add interest to the ceiling by using different shapes of holes. Try putting up some lights if you want to create a romantic mood.
Hanging objects on the ceiling is another way to add style to a room. Use hooks and nails to hang items such as pictures, mirrors, or even curtains. Make sure that you use strong enough materials since the weight of objects hung on the ceiling will put stress on the structure.
Finally, consider adding a wallpaper border to give your walls a finished look. This can be done with plain paper or printed material.
Wallpaper borders come in many sizes and styles. They can be as small as 12 inches wide or as large as 36 inches or more. Go to stores that sell home decor products to find what looks good in your house. You may also want to visit a wallpaper shop to see their selection firsthand.