Interior Painting Blue Bell, PA: Differentiating Ceiling and Wall Paint.

Are you planning to repaint the interior of your home in Blue Bell, PA, and add a fresh new look?

You need to do some little research. Did you know that the paint used for the walls is not the same as the one used for the ceiling?

Many homeowners attempting DIY painting often make a mistake of using the same type of paint on the ceiling as well as the walls.
The two paints are actually different, and failure to recognize their unique characteristics can easily lead to an inferior paint job.

On one side, as the name suggests, the special ceiling paint is designed to be applied to the ceiling.
You will only need to apply one coat to cover all the imperfections with minimal splashing.

On the other hand, wall paint is finer in terms of consistency. You may need to apply two, three (or more) coats to achieve the desired result.
The number of layers will, however, depend on the color you choose and the condition of the surface you’re painting.


The ceiling paint is made so that it can cover all the edges and hide any imperfections present on the surface.
It’s dull and does not reflect light; this is why imperfections are hidden and not highlighted.
The ceiling paint must have good coverage and excellent adhesion too.

The wall paint, on the other hand, is designed to be more resistant; this allows you to wash the surface with soap and water.
Scrubbable paints are usually easy to maintain and won’t easily damage upon repeated washing.
Wall paint exists in several finishes, and opting for a glossy finish, for example, will make your room feel larger and brighter.


There are virtually unlimited colors for the paint wall. You can find just about any color you can think of in any finish.
If you can seem to find readymade paint color at the paint store, you can always request the store attendants to create a custom paint based on the specific color you want.

Ceiling paints, on the other hand, are generally limited to white and related light colors. That is probably because a white ceiling makes the room feel brighter and larger with light evenly cast across the room.
That said, you shouldn’t be afraid to add some color to the ceiling or even create an accent ceiling for an enhanced look.

Special Features

There are various types of paint for the walls, depending on the room or surface you intend to paint.
For example, for the bathroom, you must use paint that is water and mold resistant.
For the children’s room, you will need resistance paint that can be washed as you will need to clean the walls more often.
The same applies to the kitchen. Most wall paints will be in eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss finishes.

When it comes to ceiling painting, there are not too many differences for the rooms in the house.
But the paints are generally available in flat and eggshell finishes.

The Bottom Line

I hope this article helped shed some light on the differences between ceiling and wall paint as you plan your next interior painting project.
There’re many other factors to consider when choosing paint, such as the formulation, the type, and condition of the surface, and so on.

If you need professional help and advice on the type of paint and color for your next interior painting project, our team at Aspen Painting has got you covered.

Our residential painting services are currently available in Ambler, Dresher, Ft. Washington, and Blue Bell, PA. Call us on 215-773-8422 for a FREE estimate to get started.

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