Just removed popcorn ceiling - what texture or no texture?

yorkiemikiDecember 30, 2013

Hi so I just removed my popcorn ceiling and I'm wondering what texture would make the ceiling look taller.

I have just an 8 ft tall ceiling. The living/kitchen/dining is all one room about 550 sq ft (it's just a condo)

Should I texture, orange peel or leave it flat?

What type of pain finish is best for making it look like more height? -flat, semi gloss, egg shell satin?

I want the illusion of higher ceilings

Also would crown molding help the space seem larger or taller?

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No pattern and high gloss.
Another tip is to have crown moulding inwards onto the ceiling, like this:

or this tip:
Make the ceiling smaller by extending wall paint well past the architectural line where both meet. "Choose a point anywhere from five to eight inches from where ceiling meets wall. Measure, then tape off, a running border along the ceiling diameter. Paint the taped-in area with a lighter color; choose a darker hue for walls. Frank Lloyd Wright did this all the time. It tricks the eye into seeing a higher ceiling and taller walls," says Flynn.

Also, check out these tips below.

Here is a link that might be useful: making ceiling appear higher

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 4:12PM
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Sophie Wheeler

High gloss ceilings require a boatload of extra prep if you want them to look good. They will show every little droop in the drywall and nail bump and bowed joist. The reason people do texture is to hide the crappy drywall and framing work. It can be out of level, have nail pops, and all kinds of issues and the texture disguises all of that.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 5:04PM
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We recently removed our popcorn ceilings also. Fortunately, we had vaulted ceilings in the great room, but not in the kitchen. The one thing that really made the ceilings seem higher to me was removing the light fixtures and installing can lights. I think it is fantastic.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:12PM
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I prefer no texture on the ceiling. We're mid-reno right now. Tore out the plaster ceiling because we were running so much lighting that it made sense. Our plaster has a very random figure-8-ish texture. Very random. I know because I spent a ton of time when we first moved in patching small areas that needed attention. But, I digress.

We have 8 foot ceilings and we are keeping the ceiling untextured. The rest of the walls (now a mixture of original plaster walls and some drywall) are going to have texture. We are having discussions with our guy right now trying to get him to get the texture right...did I mention that we have a random figure-8?

Anyway, do you have texture on the rest of the walls? If you do and you're trying to match it, it might be difficult to do so.

You don't want to go with a high-gloss paint for the ceiling - you'll see every variation of the ceiling. We opted for a satin finish for the ceiling...it's still got a bit of sheen, but not really glossy...I've found satin easy to clean (unlike a flat or even in some cases, an eggshell) if I wind up with a tomato sauce pop up on the ceiling.

We're doing cabinets to the ceiling and we're hoping that gives a illusion of higher ceilings.

We're thinking of doing a glass tile that has long thin strips, and if we run it vertical instead of horizontal, it will also help with the illusion of higher ceilings.

Another thing that I think helps, is keeping simpler lines. I think that the more ornate things are (fancy countertop edges, complex cabinet door styles, etc) from the floor to eye level, the more your eye gets drawn to them and gets stuck from traveling upward.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 12:20AM
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Wouldn't painting the ceiling the same colors as the walls help, too? (As long as the color isn't too dark)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 1:20AM
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Hands down, no texture.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:45AM
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Where I live, the standard texture is knock-down. I'm not crazy about it, but it does cover myriad flaws. It's really not noticeable on the ceiling.

I have 9-ft. ceilings (plus vaulted in the living and dining rooms). No crown molding. My ceiling is the same color as the walls (rich vanilla) and it makes the ceilings disappear at times.

I hate sheen on a wall or ceiling so it's all matte for me. It's soft and doesn't call attention to itself, thus disappearing or appearing higher.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:49AM
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We used kind of mix between smooth and textured on our ceiling ... I think they called it "cloud texture". If you run your hand over it, it feels very smooth, but if you look closely, you will see that the surface has imperfections. The areas of "texture" are random and do not cover the entire surface.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 12:33PM
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