Popcorn ceilings were, regrettably, once in style. Unfortunately, today, they’re just as ugly—and hard to clean or paint— as they were 30 years ago, but a lot more dated looking.
“You have to feel sad for anyone with popcorn ceilings,” says New York-based interior decorator Denise Gianna. “Any highly textured element adds shadows and, especially on a ceiling, this ends up looking dark and low. Avoid popcorn if you can—but if you can’t, it’s easy enough and worth the cost to rectify with a good professional by scraping and skim coating the ceiling or, if the height of the room is sufficient, by covering it with one quarter or half-inch sheetrock.”