The Most Popular Ceiling Textures Explained

The Most Popular Ceiling Textures Explained

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One of the most common things that will be changed in our remodels, no matter what area of the home, is the ceiling texture.

Choosing the right one for you may be based on your taste, budget, or other factors. 

Generally when remodeling just one room, for instance a kitchen, we aim to match the ceiling texture to what is existing in the space. 

If the space is separated by doorways or beams, it can be easy to change one ceiling and not another that is close by because the separate makes it not as noticeable. 

When considering making a change to the ceiling texture, it is important to remember that it is a somewhat labor intensive and a very messy process. 


 popcorn ceiling texture

Popcorn is the most common ceiling we see, also known as "cottage cheese" to some. This texture seems to be the most detested of homeowners we meet with on a regular basis. We assume this is because they have been around a long time and are no longer considered the "new" trendy thing. There are definitely benefits of popcorn ceilings: they are the most cost effective choice and they do not necessarily require painting. 

Need to patch a popcorn ceiling? Get yourself some ceiling texture!


 knockdown or orange peel ceiling texture

Knockdown texture will vary based on the style of the person doing it, but essentially the ceiling is sprayed with drywall mud and then set to dry for 20-30 minutes before it is knocked down with a trowel. This is slightly more expensive than popcorn because of the extra labor involved. Usually it requires painting to give it an even look. This can also add additional cost.

Looking for how to create your own knockdown ceiling? You'll need some drywall mud to apply to the ceiling (most likely with a stipple brush), then you will want a knockdown knife to very lightly scrape the top and create the knockdown look. 


 smooth ceiling texture 

Smooth ceilings seem to be a favorite of many people. It is the most expensive option because it requires more labor to ensure the ceiling has perfectly smooth seams like you would expect for walls. The ceiling will also need to be primed and painted in order to provide a consistent look. 

Looking to get rid of your old popcorn or knockdown ceiling and have a new smooth ceiling? You're going to need a ceiling scraper, and a hand sander to remove the mess and get it nice and smooth! 


Whether you choose popcorn, knockdown, smooth or some other variation of ceiling texture, its important to understand the overall effort needed to complete the work and thus the cost involved. 

Do you have strong opinions about your ceiling texture?  We want to hear about it!