Understanding Proper Painting

How to Make Your Rooms Look Taller With Some Ceiling Paint

If you have small rooms or rooms with lower ceilings in your home, you have the ability to make those rooms appear much larger than they really are. No, you don't have to knock out a wall or deal with mirrors hung everywhere to achieve the larger look—all you need is a little paint and some know-how.

Collect the Materials

You will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Rollers, brushes and trays
  • Ladder
  • Drop cloths

Select the Paint Color

The color will make a significant impact on how large the room looks when you are done. You want to choose a light shade that is slightly lighter than the paint on the walls. Dark colors make rooms appear smaller, so stay on the lighter end of the color spectrum.

Tip: When calculating the amount of paint you will need, don't forget to include a few inches of the top of the walls.

Measure the Layout

For the room to appear to have more height than it really does, the ceiling color will be extended onto the walls. For example, if your room measures 10 feet by 12 feet, you could extend the ceiling color no more than 1 foot from the ceiling onto the walls. If you extend the paint beyond that point, you won't have enough ceiling color to create the mirage.

Measure and mark the walls about every couple of feet the entire way around the room. This will help to ensure your lines are straight. Then, use some painter's tape to tape along the marks you've made. This can be a time consuming step, but it is a crucial step in ensuring that the finished room looks as best it can. Sloppy paint lines take a lot away from a project such as this.

Tip: Every few feet, get down and look to make sure that the tape is going on straight or have someone stand on the ground below making sure that everything is going as it should.

Get Painting

After the floor is covered with drop cloths, it's time to start painting. Use a brush to cut in all of the corners and edges. Don't try rushing through the trim work—it will pay off once the roller comes out.

Now, use a roller to apply two coats of paint to the ceiling and tops of the walls. Then, wait for the paint to fully dry and then remove the painter's tape and enjoy what you've done.

If you don't feel comfortable taking on a project such as this, talk with local services such as NORTHWEST PERFORMANCE PAINTING.