Best Ceiling Paint for your Home
By Mike Gregory
I’ve been a professional decorator for almost two decades and I’m a little bit of a product geek. In this blog, I want to talk about the very top choices for the best ceiling paint on the market.
If you use a sub-standard emulsion to paint your ceiling, you can experience problems such as roller marks and picture framing. These are particularly visible on large, open-plan ceilings, or in light critical areas. Luckily enough, we now have specialist ceiling paints available which are developed to perform as well as they possibly can do, thus eliminating all issues and leaving you with a gorgeous finish.
Seems odd to me, but I’ve read blogs on other websites and the authors seem to put forward a mix od standard trade and retail vinyl matt products. I haven’t found a single blog on the subject, other than one of my own, that I agree with.
Here’s a tip though; never use “brilliant white” emulsion to paint a ceiling, and always use matt, rather than eggshell or silk. Regardless of whether you take one of my product recommendations or not, flat matt always looks better on a ceiling.
Coloured emulsions are becoming increasingly popular for ceilings, so that may be something to bear-in-mind too. Particularly if you have coving you can use as a break between the ceiling and wall colour. I prefer pale colours, but I have seen bolder colours look awesome too.
Anyway, let’s get on with the product recommendations. These are the products I believe are the best ceiling paints on the market.
Tikkurila Anti-Reflex 2
Tikkurila Anti-Reflex has been voted the best paint to use on a ceiling many times by professional decorators on a well-known Facebook forum. This was the original specialist ceiling paint. Available online, in white, or any pale colour from Tikkurila’s vast range.
This is one of my all-time favourite paints for ceilings, but it can also be used on walls. Opacity isn’t very good, and the paint doesn’t go very far. However, the finish is so deep and luxurious, there is nothing on the market to rival it! Ease of use is fantastic too!! Just get it on nice and thick and it’ll dry back crisp and flat.
We do have a full Tikkurila Anti-Reflex review which you may find useful.
Another specialist ceiling paint!! Available online, in white in any pale colour. Teknoceiling is the newest product on this list, and by far the flattest.
Opacity and ease of use are spot on. We need a new word to describe the finish of this paint, because “matt”, doesn’t come close. It really is a very dull matt, with no sheen at all. This is exactly what you need in most cases.
Anyone can achieve a good finish with this stuff on any ceiling, but it is best suited for very large, open plan ceilings. Simply because Teknoceiling will never show a single roller mark! You could apply this stuff to a ceiling using a live sheep and still get a good finish!
WRX Ceiling Paint
Yes, another specialist ceiling paint!! This is quite an expensive product at almost £50 for 5l. Available online in white. WRX ceiling paint is a full acrylic, meaning it is durable enough for a bathroom or kitchen.
The finish is light and airy (sorry, I can’t think of a better way to explain it). You’re left with a very soft white that looks stunning. Opacity and ease of use are perfect.
You might not use WRX ceiling paint for large, open plan ceilings, but on a normal room, it really does look good. This is the paint I have used in my own house.
Johnstone’s Perfect Matt
Not a specialist ceiling paint this time!! Johnstone’s perfect matt is a premium product which is available online, or any Johnstone’s Decorating Centre. Opacity is ok in white and awesome in any tinted colour.
This paint is durable too, meaning you can use it in places such as kitchens. Oh, this is also one of my favourite wall emulsions!! The finish is nice and flat, making it perfect for light critical areas.
Another bonus of this paint is it touches up without leaving a mark. Even if you touch it up a few weeks down the line.