Kitchen ceiling paint...flat, semi-gloss or something else?

contemporganicNovember 29, 2010

Our new ceilings should be going in later this week. The painter came by earlier today to give an estimate and the question of the day is what finish for the ceiling paint? The rest of our house has flat paint on the ceiling so I was assuming we would do the same for the new ceiling in the kitchen.

However, the old ceiling had semi-gloss and the painter said he still usually does semi-gloss for kitchens...but the kitchen space and the eating area are now all one long ceiling...Help!

What do you think?

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I've generally heard flat for ceilings to make it less noticeable, but I did notice when we were patching some spots on our ceiling that it was painted in satin or semi-gloss the last time around (by professionals). However, our old kitchen walls were also satin, and we're going with flat this time around. I never noticed one way or the other before actually being up working on it, though, so not too big an issue either way, I suspect!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 1:09AM
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We have always painted all of our ceilings (except bathrooms) flat. We plan to do that during reno.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 3:06AM
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Flat. My husband once accidentally used a semi on a ceiling and it reflected the wall color. Not the effect I think you are going for.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 7:11AM
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I love Sherwin Williams MasterHide. its beautiful and covers everything!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 9:36AM
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Scrubbable flat enamel ... it's going to need washing the instant someone has a blender accident, or a carbonated drink goes SPLOOSHFIZZ

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 10:32AM
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If you are one who washes kitchen walls and ceilings once or twice a year (I'm not. I'm lucky to get them washed every two years otherwise I just paint! LOL) then you are going to want to have a paint that is more washable.

I've always used a satin finish in the kitchen and bathroom because of the washability factor.

Then again, with the new paints on the market now, even flat finishes are wipeable.

We have a family friend whos kitchen and family room are all one room.
They painted their ceiling in the kitchen with a satin finish but the family room area was painted same color but in a flat finish.
Can't really tell until night when she has the lights on in her kitchen and at that, the ceiling reflects a very soft glow.
Personally, I think it looks good but then again, I thought dressing up my statuary ducks in seasonal clothing looked good.......What do I know. :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 11:38AM
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I was told to use "matte" from Benjamin Moore. It is washable but looks "flat"

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 1:10PM
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Seems like there are more "flats" than anything else...

I will have to look into the srubbableness (is that a word??) of the BM paints.

Thank you to everyone who responded!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 8:02PM
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Take a look at the BM paint Aura- Kitchen and Bath. I love it because it's super flat and hides my drywall imperfections but you can wipe it down with out problems.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 10:55PM
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I will throw in my opinion. I strongly prefer semi gloss. Aside from being more durable and much easier to wash, I love how semi gloss looks in the kitchen. As another poster pointed out, it can reflect the wall color, so keep this in mind if you choose this route. It can make a dark room feel brighter. It also looks, somehow, richer and more saturated.

My design tip is to think about color on your ceiling. I did my kitchen walls in a very sunny yellow, and the ceiling three or four values lighter in the same color, so it is a very pale yellow. It looks really sharp with white trim and makes the otherwise white kitchen feel much less sterile.

For some reason I have been finding flat finish paint kinda boring. I like how light plays off a glossy surface.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 12:10AM
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