If you are going to paint one or more of the rooms in your home, there are a few decisions you will have to make. One very important decision is whether or not you will paint the ceilings. This is an important factor to consider because it will cost you more money and take more time. Here are a few things that should help you decide whether or not you are going to paint your ceilings. If you are actually going to paint your ceiling the same color as the walls, then you obviously have no choice. However, most homeowners leave their ceilings white.
Do You Need New White Paint?
Often, it might seem more convenient to just skip painting the ceiling because the existing white paint is fine. However, it can be very hard to notice just how much the white has faded over the years until you actually paint a fresh coat on top of it. You probably cannot do a test paint with a new product on your ceilings because you will have no way of covering it up. Instead, get a sample chip from the store and hold it up to your existing ceilings. This way, you will be able to tell whether or not your old paint has faded.
Usually, faded white will also pick up a slight yellowish tint. Even a subtle tint can ultimately take away from the vibrancy of your new wall paint. This is why it is advisable to just paint your ceilings in most cases.
The Most Practical Way to Paint Your Ceilings
It is also important to plan ahead when painting your ceiling. Unfortunately, it is a little harder than painting vertical walls. It is definitely best to paint your ceiling before you paint the other walls so you don't have to worry about it dripping and ruining your new wall color. It is also smart to use paint rollers with extension poles that comfortably reach the ceiling when held at shoulder height. This way, you can walk along the ground as you paint your ceiling without being too reliant on the ladder and having to lift the pole above your head.
You really want to get up on the ladder as little as possible because it is very tiring. You can roll the majority of your paint with your feet on the floor, and then get up on the ladder with the brush to finish off the edges.
If you end up painting the inside of your house and neglect to paint the ceilings, you might regret it in the long run. Keep in mind that remodeling contractors almost always paint the ceiling when they paint a room; there are good reasons for this.