Ceiling painting techniques are usually either categorized as decorative painting or faux finish painting. Decorative painting methods include glazing, painting clouds, using stencils and gilding. Popular faux finish painting techniques for ceilings are graining, distressing, ragging and sponging. Painting techniques can create vintage or contemporary looks.
Painting a sky scene on the ceiling adds a feeling of movement, space and airiness to a room. On the other hand, faux finishing techniques like ragging and sponging create a delicate, timeless look for the ceiling.
Some local paint stores carry complete DIY kits for faux finish painting projects. Many paint manufacturers also offer specially formulated ceiling paint with a highly gelled formula that ensures fewer drips and less mess to clean up after paint application.