Going Glossy on the Ceiling

Ceilings are almost always painted in a matte finish. Matte paint minimizes imperfections on the wide open plain. It diffuses light. It creates a sort of non-presence. But what about going glossy on the ceiling?

The picture up top is from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in 2008. It's actually a stretched vinyl product called Extenzo. Below is a photo of a glossy painted ceiling by S.R. Gambrel. Notice it's not a white ceiling but actually is quite saturated in color.

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So, some things to keep in mind if you want to go glossy on the ceiling:

  • Gloss white will show every last imperfection. Perfect ceilings are key, or use a stretch material like the one at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House pictured up top.
  • A darker-hued paint will show fewer imperfections. So if you're going glossy on the ceiling with paint, consider a bold color instead of white.

Related: Good Questions: Glossy, Reflective Ceilings?

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