How to Paint a Recessed Ceiling
- Three complementing colors, in three shades each
- Chalk line and painting tape
- Thin paint brush
- Before you paint your ceiling, paint a sample of one corner.
- Choose three main colors. For each main color, get a lighter and darker shade.
- Imagine two adjoining edges on your sample are one of the corners of your ceiling.
- Starting from the edge, measure and tape off three five-inch stripes separated by about one inch. Your tape marks should create an L.
- Fill in each five-inch L with one of the main colors you chose.
- Imagine there is a light source (like a window) along one of the legs of the L.
- Paint each of the one-inch stripes along this leg the darker shades of the main colors. This creates a shadow effect.
- Paint the remaining one inch stripes on the other leg of the L the lighter shades. This creates the illusion of light going away from the light source.
- The one-inch stripes should meet in a diagonal.
- If you are pleased with the sample, start on the ceiling!
- Follow the shape of the room entirely.