Ceiling paints are a special category of interior paints. They have an ultra-flat sheen that helps hide imperfections, deflect and diffuse light throughout a room, and eliminate harsh shadows. Their normally bright white color helps a room look larger and brighter. Quality ceiling paints are formulated to be more spatter resistant, making the paint job easier and neater.
A ceiling should be painted whenever the walls of a room are painted or wallpapered. A dingy ceiling can ruin a newly decorated room. It is difficult to paint a ceiling after the walls and trim have been finished.
White is commonly used, as it is the lightest tint of any color. White will also reflect the other colors in a room. For example, if the dominant color is blue, the white ceiling will tend to look slightly blue.
Although the change between wall and ceiling color may seem stark when viewed side-by-side, the "natural break" created where the wall and ceiling meet eliminates this effect. The eye accepts the color change easily.
Color on ceilings is becoming more popular. tintable ceilings paint and/or flat wall paint can be tinted to a lighter color of one of the decorating scheme's colors for the best effect. Medium or dark colors on the ceiling can make a room seem very small and close. Colors associated with the sun and sky can lend a very unique outdoor feeling inside.