A popcorn ceiling referred to as acoustic ceiling, is ceiling that have a rough and stippled texture. Popcorn ceilings are white and have sort of a “cottage cheese” style rippled texture. Oftentimes, there are tiny bits of gold glitter included. This style was utilized because it was good at covering up inadequate workmanship in connecting and taping of drywall. Also, it lessened echoes and reflected sounds, and was easy and quick to apply in new construction. A texturing gun may be used to apply a popcorn ceiling. The mixture cannot be too runny or the new ceiling will crack, yet it must also be thick enough to contain all of the lumps. It’s a good idea to practice on a large piece of cardboard or scrap drywall before actually applying the popcorn treatment to the ceiling. The center part of the ceiling is sprayed with the popcorn texture first and a trowel can be used to spread the ceiling mixture along the edges and in the corners.
Although most popcorn ceilings are plain white, some have gold glitter added. Because a popcorn ceiling is basically just a lumpy coating, it can cover up imperfections in drywall. However, the tiny bumps also tend to trap in dirt and this can make popcorn ceilings difficult to keep clean. Using Styrofoam ceiling tiles to cover up a popcorn ceiling is one way to keep it out of sight, but removing the popcorn texture may be another option.