How To Paint Vaulted Ceilings
homedude is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, We may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more
Doing modifications and repairs yourself can save you a lot of money. In addition, there are many benefits of doing it on your own. For example, when it comes to painting, it is usually just a matter of buying the right materials to do it with our own hands without asking for help. However, what about painting an irregular surface such as a vaulted ceiling?
Painting a vaulted ceiling can be intimidating for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you use the right techniques and tools, you can learn how to paint vaulted ceilings yourself, just like any other project in your home. The best way to get started without scaffolding is to use an extension ladder. You can use the ladder to get up to the corners and the harder-to-reach places. You can also use a roller and extension pole.
To find out how to paint vaulted ceilings, read on!
Step 1: Assessment
The first step is always to get everything you need to do the project. If there are very expensive or difficult materials to get, it is best to borrow the materials you need or hire a professional who has what you need.
Determine if you can do the work yourself. Generally, vaulted ceilings are often too high, so you will require an extension ladder of a suitable height for a high ceiling. If you are not comfortable with the height, ask for help.
Step 2: Preparation
Be sure to pick a good day to paint your vaulted ceiling. A sunny day will allow you to have a good view throughout the process. It will also allow the ceiling paint to dry a little faster. Properly prepare the room of the vaulted ceiling you are going to paint. Clean and wipe down areas such as the walls, ceilings, and windows. This way, you can avoid dust from mixing in with your ceiling paint as you work.
Finally, remove objects and furniture to free up the area. Furniture that cannot be moved and the floor can be protected from paint splatters with plastic or a cloth.
Step 3: Repairs
If you see any cracks or imperfections in the area you are going to paint, now is the time to repair them. When painting a vaulted ceiling, it is important to have any defects repaired for a better result.
Step 4: Paint
Choose a nice color for your ceiling. Most people tend to choose the same color as the walls. However, this is not completely necessary. The ceiling can be a different color to contrast with the rest of the room. It is recommended that you choose a 2-in-1 paint, that is, a paint that includes primer. A 2-in-1 paint will save you time as you only need 1 or 2 coats of paint to cover the vaulted ceiling, and you will avoid going through the process of rolling twice, once for the primer and once for the paint.
Step 5: Roller
If you can’t get a paint sprayer, a roller with an extension pole will be the best option. The roller makes the job go much faster and leaves you with a neater and cleaner result. Remember to wet the paint roller with a damp towel before using it. Then fill it with paint and start painting the smooth parts of the vaulted ceiling. If you have a textured popcorn ceiling, be sure to buy a special roller designed to work on a textured popcorn ceiling.
Step 6: Brushes
To paint the corners and edges of the vaulted ceiling that you can’t easily reach with the roller, you’ll need different types of brushes. A 2″ or 2 ½” brush will work for painting all the edges of the ceiling. For painting around fixtures, use an angled brush. If your ladder is not tall enough, you can mount your brushes on a telescoping pole so you can reach the higher areas of the vaulted ceiling safely.
Step 7: Drying
If necessary, apply a second coat of paint. Before applying a second coat, make sure the first coat is completely dry. Paint takes approximately one to two hours to dry, depending on the brand and type of paint you have chosen.
Painting Vaulted Ceilings With Textured Ceilings
Painting a textured ceiling may seem even more complicated than a smooth ceiling, but this is not the case. A textured ceiling just needs a little more preparation before painting. Although they are aesthetically more appealing, the gaps in the ceiling texture can trap more dust and cobwebs that need to be removed before covering the ceiling with paint. In addition, it is highly recommended to seal the ceiling with a stain-blocking primer; this will make your job easier and keep your ceiling cleaner for longer.
Colors For Vaulted Ceilings
Any room with a vaulted ceiling will give the feeling of a much larger room than a room with a traditional ceiling. Having one or more rooms with a vaulted ceiling gives you an opening to experiment with decorating. You can use large lamps or experiment with color combinations to bring other vibes to the space.
Experiment and contrast the colors in the room to give it a bolder, more modern look. For example, if the walls are white, try experimenting with a dark gray, blue, or greenish gray. If done right, this will add a more modern look to your room, but try not to follow any fads, as you want your ceilings to be in a classic color that won’t look outdated in several years.
Frequently Asked Questions
What color should a vaulted ceiling be painted?
Since it is a space that stands out among the other spaces in a house, it is advisable to use simple colors. A vaulted ceiling design shines and stands out on its own, so a neutral color such as white or soft white will create soft lighting and highlight the design of the beams.
How to make my vaulted ceiling look better?
In decorating, elements and details are the most important aspects to consider. To make your vaulted ceiling look and stand out, you can use color on the walls and furniture. An excellent alternative is to have a decorative pendant lamp. These types of lamps have a very eye-catching appeal and will enhance the lighting in the room.
Does dark paint make a ceiling look lower?
Yes. Dark paint makes a visual effect and tricks the eye into thinking that a ceiling looks lower than it is. You can use this optical effect to your advantage and make a room with a vaulted ceiling look very comfortable and cozy. However, if this is not the case, there are alternatives so that you can have dark colors in a room without having that effect.
For example, you can have certain accessories such as ceiling beams in a dark color while the ceiling is a light color. This way, you can keep the brightness in the room and at the same time bring a cozy, modern feel with the help of darker colors in the rest of the room.
Are vaulted ceilings out of fashion?
Vaulted ceilings have existed in homes for many years and never go out of style. This design choice is timeless. That is, no matter how much time passes, it is still present in modern architecture. Despite not going out of style, these types of ceilings are reinvented every day. They can be seen in today’s decorating magazines with new decorative elements making them a modern and updated option.