Bathroom Ceiling Paint Same Color as the Walls
Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform any space in your home. From light and bright to dark and moody, a new coat of paint can change the entire look of any room—including your bathroom.
While many people have naturally gravitated toward having a stark white ceiling and colored walls in the past, painting the bathroom ceiling the same color as the walls in your bathroom has become very on-trend these days. Not only does it give these smaller spaces a unique vibe, but it also becomes quite the talking feature when you have guests over for a visit.
To help you decide whether you want your bathroom ceiling paint to match your walls, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of making this choice and show you how it’s done.
Choosing to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls in your bathroom may seem a little unsettling at first, especially if you have your heart set on a darker color. But, both lighter and darker tones look amazing in rooms that have the same paint splashed throughout.
While medium tones don’t always turn out the way you expected, typically ending up more on the blander side of things, muted and bold shades of paint give rooms a brilliance you can’t recreate with more traditional ceilings and walls.
Of course, there are pros and cons to selecting the same bathroom ceiling paint as the walls, and those are listed below for your convenience. Simply use each list to help you decide whether or not to jump on this latest trend yourself.
There are many notable pros to brushing and rolling the same paint color on both the ceilings and walls of your bathroom. Contrarily, there are cons to incorporating the same paint color on the ceilings and walls in your bathroom. Let’s compare them.
|It creates a seamless look from floor to ceiling and helps you avoid any hard line breaks
|It can look too monochromatic
|It means not having to worry about choosing two colors that complement one another
|It can feel overwhelming in small spaces without natural light
|It can set a clean, cozy, or dramatic tone to any space
|It can make perfections in the ceiling more noticeable
|It can make the ceiling look higher so the entire room looks taller
|It can make your trim work disappear from view
|It makes your painting project quicker, easier, and more affordable
|It can make the ceiling look lower and the entire room feel smaller
Bathrooms tend to be humid, so buying the cheapest paint you can find at your local store isn’t your best option for freshening up these spaces. Using the wrong type of paint here, and not having enough airflow in the room, can lead to condensation building up all over your ceilings and walls. And those conditions encourage mold spores to move in and wreak havoc, both to the structure of your home and your health.
The best bathroom ceiling paint or wall paint, therefore, is one that is specially formulated to resist moisture and mildew—like Benjamin Moore’s Zero-VOC Moisture Resistant Paint.
Even the steamiest showers aren’t a problem when you use Benjamin Moore’s Zero-VOC Moisture Resistant Paint. Not only does it combat mold and mildew growth, but it’s also much nicer to the environment than traditional paint blends, is easy to clean, and locks in color thanks to Benjamin Moore’s Gennex Color Technology.
Besides giving you a sore neck, the process of painting a ceiling is very similar to painting walls. And it’s made even easier when you choose bathroom ceiling paint that’s the same color as the paint going on the walls. Here’s how to get started.
- Moisture-resistant paint
- Paint roller
- Paint roller covers (2)
- Extension pole
- Paint tray
- Drop cloths
- Painter’s tape
- Step ladder
- Sanding block (optional)
- Putty knife (optional)
- Wall patch (optional)
- Spray bottle (optional)
- Bleach (optional)
- Water (optional)
- Cloth (optional)
- Select Your Paint
Keeping in mind all of the advice we gave above, select a high-quality moisture-resistant paint that is rated for use on ceilings. Now is the time to decide whether or not the bathroom ceiling paint will match the color you intend to paint on the walls so it can all be mixed.
- Get the Room Ready
Remove any shower curtains, towels, plungers, toilet brushes, or free-standing storage cabinets that will get in the way or are at risk of being damaged as you paint. Use painter’s tape to cover any trim work. Then, lay drop cloths down to protect the floors.
- Prepare the Surface Area
If there is any mildew or mold on the bathroom ceiling paint that’s already there, then you’ll want to clean it off before priming. You will want to mix two parts bleach to ten parts water in an empty spray bottle and spray the surface area with the mixture. Then, wipe it away with a clean, dry cloth.
Next, you want to fix the bathroom ceiling paint if you have any holes or gouges with wall patch and a putty knife then allow it to dry. Lastly, use a sanding block to give the ceiling a light sanding afterward to create a nice, smooth finish.
- Prime the Ceiling
Once the ceiling is fully prepared, it’s time to add a primer coat to it. Use a paintbrush to paint the primer coat along the outer perimeter of the ceiling and a paint roller to roll the primer coat in the center of the ceiling. Allow the primer coat to fully dry and cure before moving to the next step.
- Cut in the Ceiling With Paint
Using a paintbrush and standing on a step ladder, cut in the ceiling paint along all edges where the ceiling meets the wall. If you have chosen to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, this job goes a lot faster. If not, take your time to make clean lines and limit the amount of ceiling paint that is brushed onto the wall.
- Roll the Ceiling With Paint
Attach the paint roller and extension pole to one another, pour paint into the paint tray, coat the paint roller, and roll the ceiling. Repeat this process until the entire ceiling has its first coat of paint.
- Allow to Dry
Be sure to follow the instructions on the can and allow the paint to fully dry.
- Paint a Second Coat
Repeat steps 5 and 6 to add a second coat of paint to your ceiling.
- Reassemble the Room
You can now put the room back together and remove any painting materials, painter’s tape, and drop cloths.
When it comes to painting bathroom walls, it really doesn’t matter if you use the same paint as you did on the ceiling or not. Painting the ceiling and walls the same color saves you time and money, but the process of painting both is roughly the same.
To paint your bathroom walls, simply follow the same steps as listed above when painting a ceiling. Select the paint, prepare the room and the walls, put on a primer coat, and paint two coats of paint then you’re done. It’s as easy as that.