How to create a crowning glory
Grab your step ladder, here are Homes & Living’s top five tips for painting your ceiling
Ceilings get stained by things like water leaks, candles, light bulbs, and smoke from real wood fires. Scrubbing the stain and repainting sometimes works, but you often need to use an oil-based stain-block or damp-seal paint first (try Ronseal Damp Seal, from £7 for 400ml, B&Q), to prevent the stain coming through again. Decorating ceilings should be done before decorating the rest of a room because of splatters and drips, so if it’s just the ceiling that needs attention, you’ll have to paint with great care. so you paint standing on the floor, rather than at the top of a ladder will help too. This is easier, but does make it harder to get a good finish, as you can’t see roller lines, bits you’ve missed and debris in the paint so well from the floor.
easiest paints to use on ceilings, especially if you’re not decorating the rest of the room, are semi-solid ones, such as Dulux’s Pure Brilliant White Solid (£16.97 for 2.5ltr, B&Q). These splatter and drip less because they’re not runny, but come in a very limited range of colours. If the ceiling’s less than perfect, use a matt emulsion – one with a sheen will highlight imperfections.
Planning to decorate? We’ve the top tips for when you start on the ceiling