4 Ways to Handle Painting a Rounded Ceiling

4 Ways to Handle Painting a Rounded Ceiling

Taryn Williford
Sep 10, 2015
(Image credit: John K. Anderson)

When there's no clear distinction between where your walls end and the ceiling starts, a simple painting project can become a very tricky minefield littered with questions like "What should I do here?"

Above: This Pacific Heights home from John K. Anderson puts several solutions to work in the same room.

How to Paint Curved or Cove Ceilings

There's four proven ways to tackle the rounded ceiling problem. Check out these photos and discover which works best for your room and your DIY skill level.

Option 1: Paint everything a light, soft color.

Whether your preferred neutral is warm, cool, pure white or something in between, a soft color painted all over is the foolproof way to handle a room with curved ceilings.

Option 2: Paint just the non-curved wall.

If some of the walls in your room do meet the ceiling at a corner, paint just those walls with a more vivid, standout color. Then leave the difficult rounded wall/ceiling a neutral color.

Option 3: Add some molding.

Install molding or a chair rail around the room some length below your rounded edges to create a clear divider between wall and not-wall. Then pick complementary colors or finishes for your newly distinct areas.

Option 4: Make your own lines.

Skip the molding, grab some tape and just create the architectural delineation with a crisply painted edge instead.

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