Popcorn ceilings were a common addition in many homes from the 1970s and on. They were installed for their acoustic benefits, but unfortunately, many find them to be an ugly eyesore. If you don't have the money or time to completely replace a popcorn ceiling, several techniques can be used to camouflage the texture.
Decorative ceiling tiles are by far the most common choice for covering a popcorn ceiling. They are lightweight and can be installed using basic tools, and not a lot of handy experience is needed during installation. The texture of popcorn ceilings is actually quite delicate, and pressing new decorative tiles may cause some of the pieces to break off. In addition to ceiling tiles, matching crown molding can also be used to add further drama to the room.
For a rustic look, hardwood planks can be installed on the ceiling of a home with a popcorn texture. In rooms with shorter ceilings, this may close in the space. The best solution for this would be to select a wood that can be painted white or a light color. Lightweight floor planks can typically be used for ceilings; the installation requires a simple nail gun and a ladder.
Pressed Tin Tiles
Pressed tin tiles were quite common in the early 1900s, and they are enjoying a resurgence as designers have rediscovered them. They can be painted any color, or the actual tin can be used and the homeowner can enjoy the different patinas it will take on as it ages. Installation techniques for these tiles are the same as for regular ceiling tiles. Note that the acoustics in a room with tin tiles on the ceiling will be much different than with other materials, which may take some getting used to.
Painting and Fabric
Two very simple and easy ways to cover a popcorn ceiling include painting it or applying fabric over the ceiling. Painting will not actually camouflage the texture, but it can help it appear less noticeable. This project can typically be completed for around $25 for the cost of paint and a roller, as of May 2011. Fabric is a very easy fix for renters who do not have the option of changing anything in their dwelling. Select a fabric you like, and attach it to the ceiling with a staple gun.