Popcorn ceilings — a style trend that originated in the '60s — are nothing more than texture added to drywall and plaster ceilings, which was considered a great way to add visual and textural interest overhead. It was also an easy way to hide imperfections and didn’t require any additional painting after application. But over time, popcorn ceilings were found to be incredibly difficult to keep clean and dust-free.
Now, the look feels very outdated.
The good news: Updating an old-fashioned trend like a popcorn ceiling is an effective way to add value to your home.
According to New York City interior designer Kathleen Walsh, no homeowner can go wrong with saying goodbye to bygone ceilings and starting with a fresh overhead palette for the room.
"Ceilings deserve as much attention as your walls and floors, and are quite often an overlooked opportunity,” said Walsh. “Ceilings should invite the eye up and give the perception of taller height — whether that be via color or architectural elements. High, well-maintained ceilings allow a space to feel that much more well-proportioned and brighter; two elements that add to the attractiveness of a space, increasing overall value
The bad news? It’s not an easy task to take on alone, and generally can require a small investment and help from an outside contractor. What’s more, popcorn ceilings sometimes contained asbestos, so be sure to have a sample tested before any work begins.
“Popcorn is very difficult to remove and practically impossible to touch up,” said Jody Finglas, president and owner of Finglas Painting, based in Croton, New York. “If it has to be removed due to water damage or client preference, it must first be scraped to remove the high spots and then primed and skim coated (which requires between three to five coats) until the ceiling is smooth, and then primed and repainte
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