Would shiplap make the ceiling feel too low?

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I want to cover 8'popcorn ceilings, but I'm worried about making the ceilings feel lower. Any suggestions...some rooms are narrow and long, others are more open.
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  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Sep 29, 2016
    You could use bead board as the shiplap (cut in planks) or just put the bead board up as is - painted crisp white. Here is photo of our kitchen where we put painted bead board on the ceiling - it brightens the room!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 29, 2016
    I don't think it will make it feel lower. AsMMx4 said, it brightens a room, and I think it makes it look fresh.
  • William William on Sep 29, 2016
    If you leave it natural (unpainted), it may lower the ceiling. Painted or whitewashed would not be a problem.
  • Vicki Cain Vicki Cain on Sep 30, 2016
    go for it I would.
  • Linda Linda on Sep 30, 2016
    If you want it to LOOK like shiplap, buy 1/4" underlayment (smooth surface unlike plywood) have Home Depot rip it into 6" pieces and install using any of the planked wall instructions on Pinterest. Taking 1/4" off your 8'[ ceiling will not lower them visually at all.
  • Jen Jen on Sep 30, 2016
    Take it down! We did....spray with water and scrape it!!
  • Holly Holly on Sep 30, 2016
    We have it on our cathedral ceiling in the living room. It most definitely does not feel cramped or lower by any means. It adds a nice feeling to a home. Ours is a ranch style so it adds where architectural design is lacking.
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Oct 01, 2016
    In the long narrow rooms, make sure to run the shiplap at a right angle to the length of the room. This will break up the bowling alley feel and help your room feel a little wider.
  • Jen Jen on Oct 02, 2016
    absolutely!!!
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