How To Paint Your Ceiling And Nail The Statement Ceiling Paint Trend

We promise this DIY approach isn’t as messy as you’d think.

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Something bold lies up ahead — and above our head — according to Pinterest. Pins for “statement ceilings” were up 310% last year, and the trend has been popping up in even the most minimalist of homes.

Jazzing up the “fifth wall” can add dimension and character to a room. While many of us have tackled an accent wall by ourselves, taking the DIY approach for a painted ceiling is a hairier beast.

To help you climb that hill (and ladder), we’ve listed tips from , paired with inspiration from five ELLE Decor house tours.

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1 Prep Your Space
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Simon Upton

Unless you figure out a way to defy gravity, a bit of paint is going to drip down. It’s really no biggie; just prepare by laying and securing drop clothes to your floor. You can protect your own mug by throwing on a hat and a pair of safety glasses.

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2 Get The Look
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Benjamin Moore

The ceiling in the nursery of a Southampton beach house above is painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in (pictured here) and .


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3 Work Your Way Down
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Björn Wallander

If you plan on painting the whole room, start with the ceiling and work your way down. If you are just painting the ceiling, apply painters' tape around the edges to avoid drippings.

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4 Get The Look
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Benjamin Moore

The foyer of the Oakland home above has walls painted in and a contrasting ceiling painted in , both by .


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5 Pick A Color
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Dominique Vorillion

In the same way a white ceiling will open up and brighten a room, a darker ceiling will bring definition and cozy vibes to a large space. On that same note, your tiny bedroom might turn into a closet if you paint it black; stick to lighter shades if you are worried about a room becoming claustrophobic.

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6 Get The Look
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Farrow & Ball

In a traditional stone house in Bel Air, the daughter's room above is modernized with a blue-purple ceiling in Farrow & Ball's Pitch Blue.


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7 Decide Between Glosses
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Thomas Loof

A flat or matte finish will hide imperfections, but a high-gloss lacquer finish can help bounce light throughout the room and make the ceiling look higher.

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8 Get The Look
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Benjamin Moore

In an East Hampton home, the boys' bedroom above gives a playful shock with a ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore's American Cheese.


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9 Use A Roller
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James Merrell

You want a roller with a thinner knap to avoid drippings when painting a ceiling. Opt for a deeper knap to fill in grooves, as needed, if your ceiling is textured. And, to state the obvious, get as close your ceiling as possible. Use a short, light roller at an angle that won’t put extra strain on your back and painting arm.

Otherwise, this is going to be a long and painful home renovation project.

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10 Get The Look
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Dunn Edwards

On an estate in the Hudson River Valley, the pattern-friendly master bedroom above is outfitted with hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay and tempered by a cool grey ceiling, similar to Dunn Edward's "Sheet Metal."


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