Some of the home improvement shows on TV have featured either gloss or
semi-gloss white ceilings in homes. They say that it increases the
illusion of ceiling height. I like the idea, but my ceilings are
plaster, and have a lot of "character" (which some might call
Would a gloss or semi-gloss paint call out these imperfections and
magnify them? Would it be a mistake to use anything other than flat
On Aug 26, 1:16 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Keep in mind that flat paint in an area like a kitchen ceiling that
may sometimes need cleaning is not a good choice. Stop by a paint
store, or a paint department and check the label on products
specifically intended for ceilings. Take the opinions of TV home
improvement hosts with several grains of salt. Many of them are simply
regurgitating what they remember from classes in art school a couple
of years ago. Too many factors are involved in decorating rooms
skillfully to claim that a white ceiling making the room seem higher
is right for your home. In fact, it could kill the ambience in some
rooms making them appear rather austere. Guests in a north facing room
with light blue walls and a bright flat white ceiling for example,
might think they had wandered into the freezer by mistake. Whatever,
choose wisely and if it doesn't look 'right', repainting will often
make it acceptable.
Yes, semi-gloss paint shows imperfections more plainly, but flat paint
won't hide big problems.
I always recommend that people use the shiniest paint they can stand.
Glossier paints last longer and are easier to clean. Flat paints suck
up dirt and never let it go.
The contractor who built my house used flat paint. Every time I've
tried to clean it, I wind up rubbing the paint off. Ceilings gather
dust, and you seldom get up there to clean them. Flat paint makes it
harder to clean.
The question is more about sheen than color. White is the color we'll
be using...it's just a matter of flat or semi-gloss. . . . .
I am not sure, but I think the choices are sometimes "flat", "satin",
"semi-gloss", and "gloss". In other words, I think some brands of paint
offer a "satin" finish which is in between "flat" and "semi-gloss". You
may want to try a small test area and see what you think before doing the
I have a plaster dropped ceiling with one longish crack and a spot
where the plaster bulges a bit. I've painted the ceiling with
semigloss and it's fine by me. I don't notice the flaws more with
it. Frankly, I think any new coat of any paint will mask flaws to
But I don't get any illusion of a higher ceiling from using
semigloss. I just like the increased brightness without having to
add another lamp in the room. Call me thrifty...
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