Finish the look of your bedroom with painted ceilings.

How to Paint Angled Bedroom Ceilings

by Heather Montgomery

Angled ceilings in your bedroom may cause confusion when you begin to think about painting. Not only are odd ceiling angles often difficult to paint, but choosing a color that adds to the appeal of your room instead of making your room feel choppy or closed in is an important factor. With the right tools and paint color, you can make your angled ceilings stand out or blend in, depending on your preferences.

Use a ladder to reach the high areas of the angled ceiling and vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dirt and debris.

Place plastic sheeting over any furniture in the room you are not able to move. Cover the sheeting and all flooring with drop cloths.

Cover any lights, electrical outlets and windows with newspaper; secure the newspaper in place with painter’s tape.

Apply painter’s tape to the edges and bottom of the angled ceiling to protect the wall area you are not painting.

Ventilate the room. Pour primer into a paint container; load a paintbrush with primer and cut in the primer along the edges and bottom of the angled ceiling as well as around outlets and electrical fixtures. Cutting-in allows you to produce clean lines along the edges of the ceiling.

Load a roller with primer and apply the paint to the wall using long, overlapping strokes of the roller. For the higher areas of the ceiling, use a ladder. Allow the primer to dry completely.

Rinse the pint tray, paintbrush and roller in warm water and set them aside to dry.

Cut-in the top-coat paint color of your choice with a paintbrush. Use a roller to paint the top coat over the angled ceiling. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Items you will need

  • Ladder
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Drop cloths
  • Newspaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Quality latex primer
  • Quality 3-inch paintbrush
  • Paint container
  • Paint tray
  • Foam roller
  • Quality latex paint


  • To minimize the choppiness of a room with angled ceilings, interior designer Linda Holt recommends you paint the angled area of the ceiling the same color of your walls, and leave any flat area of the ceiling white. If you love the angles of your ceiling, paint them with a bright color to draw the eye to the angles, says Holt.
  • Paint the entire ceiling the same color as your walls to pen up the room and make it look larger, according to interior designer Cris Angsten. With this technique, choose a lighter color to prevent your room from looking like a dark cave.


  • Keep children and pets away from paint and painting supplies at all time.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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