Ceiling paint - flat or satin?

Old 04-11-05, 11:18 AM
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Ceiling paint - flat or satin?

I am starting to paint my ceilings after removing the popcorn spray, and am trying to decide which type of paint finish to use, "flat" or "satin." Ceilings are smooth (will apply no texture). Walls will be repainted using "satin" paint and crown molding will be installed, which I am planning to paint with a "semi-gloss" paint. Under these circumstances, does anyone have suggestion for the best finish for the ceilings? I am wondering what is considered the "standard" way to approach the ceilings, as far as paint finish? If there is no right or wrong choice here, what factors should be used in making the choice between flat or satin paint for the ceilings? Thanks.
Old 04-11-05, 01:21 PM
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Flat is the way to go. hides many imperfections, and doesn't shine when you click on the light. We paint ceilings flat 99% of the time.
Old 04-11-05, 02:26 PM
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Flat is the way to go. Also might check they have a ceiling white you can use.

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Definitely flat. Hides imperfections and you don't have to worry about scrubability.
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I made the mistake of painting a bedroom ceiling in satin. Wow, talk about shiny. I promptly put a coat of flat over it.
Old 04-12-05, 07:12 AM
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definitely flat, and if you're using white over white, try one of the new ceiling paints that goes on pink (i think) and then turns white as it dries - helps you to see where you've painted!!! best idea since sliced bread!!!

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