Asked on Oct 17, 2012

Are snowflake or star ceilings a mid-west thing, or are they prevalent throughout the country?

Becky P
by Becky P
I personally was glad when we moved into this house that it was this and not the popcorn ceiling like our other house. (which I detest!) Whoever invented the popcorn ceiling should be...... (fill in the blank)
  28 answers
  • I have the same type of ceiling and I'm in Western PA.
  • Shari Shari on Oct 17, 2012
    I have a very similar pattern on the ceilings of my 1978 ranch-style home. I'm in west central Florida. It may be better looking than popcorn but this pattern is impossible to patch inconspicuously!
  • My house here in Georgia has those all throughout and I wish it didn't. I much prefer the smooth ceiling. I think these are called stippled ceilings. I totally agreen about the popcorn/blown in ceiling. I talked with a contractor about getting rid of my stippled ceiling. I wondered if they could be sanded down. He said it's much less work and less expensive to just add a sheet drywall or whatever kind of thin wood they use then it is to try and sand it down. Would love to make all my ceilings smooth!
  • 3po3 3po3 on Oct 18, 2012
    I also have a (differently) textured ceiling and, having done some drywall work, I am convinced all textured ceilings are designed to hide sloppy drywall work. I understand, but I agree that a flat ceiling would look much better.
  • Becky P Becky P on Oct 18, 2012
    I would so totally prefer a flat sanded ceiling! The kitchen had a partial wall removed from the previous owner and he had a hard time finding someone to patch that section of ceiling. That 4 foot stripe looks inverted compared to the rest of the ceiling.
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Oct 18, 2012
    @Mary Beth, I'm here in Pittsburgh area too, Scott Township and we have the same ceilings in most of the rooms except the kitchen and bathrooms. I like it, it adds some texture to your rooms. @ Shari, I had our entry way light moved because it was off enter and we had a ceiling fam put in. The electrician repaired where the old fixture was and you can't even tell where it was. He did a great job of matching the texture.
  • @Mary I. ~ that's good to know about the patch/repair. I have an area in my dining room that needs to be repaired.
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Oct 18, 2012
    Mary Beth when my ceiling was patched he used a wadded up old T shirt to put the pattern back in the ceiling
  • Before sprayed acoustic, orange peel and knockdown textures, there were all sorts of hand applied textures that were stippled, brushed, combed or troweled on. Like anything, some were done masterfully and some only average or poor in quality. Many hand textures are far harder to pull off and more labor intensive than perfectly smooth ceilings and cost more. It is all a matter of taste and budget.
  • Danylle M Danylle M on Oct 18, 2012
    I have that same ceiling in my bedroom here in North Idaho. I have plans on covering it with bead board.
  • Sue Sullivan Sue Sullivan on Oct 18, 2012
    This type of textured ceiling is very prevalent here in Ohio and is known as a "stomped" ceiling texture. It is my opinion that most drywall tradesmen are not masters of their craft, so in order to hide the drywall imperfections in the ceilings, they dreamed up this texture medium to cover up seams and bowed areas. I don't think most builders want to pay for a master craftsman's talent, so smooth, flat ceilings and walls are not the norm. If someone wants smooth ceilings and walls, there is quite an up-charge for them. I've never seen anyone's repair job where the patterns and technique matched with this stomped technique. Exact brush size, amount of applied pressure with the "mud", and general technique are all factors that can result in an unmatched repair section. I think it is best to totally re-do the ceiling if repairs need to be made. I speak from experience- my eyes were always going to the mis-matched area above the kitchen island when we took out the soffit and put in recessed light fixtures. The ceiling looked awful until we scraped off the texture and re-did the entire room. What a mess!
  • Here is a hand textured ceiling (not by me), but they can be exquisite:
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  • Lisa Jewell Lisa Jewell on Oct 18, 2012
    My house that I bought in NC coast had that kind of ceiling & I loved it. So no, it is not just a midwest thing.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Oct 18, 2012
    Stomped ceillings abound in Atlanta too. A technique de jour to speed production in order to meet a price point. They can be sanded off or re-rocked.
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    • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Oct 07, 2014
      From time to time I have seen the brushes that are used to create this pattern at a Sherwin Williams paint store. If they don't have them in stock, ask if they can order them.
  • Becky P Becky P on Oct 18, 2012
    the only thing I dislike about the snowflake ceiling is when I am painting it, the points jab me in the head! lol
  • Paint-N-Plus Paint-N-Plus on Oct 18, 2012
    I have had luck removing this by taking a pump up sprayer wetting and rewetting and using a wide (12 inch) sheetrock knife to scrape off. This is time consuming and a mess.It will require some patch work but by far better than rerocking.Painter's can use a spray gun.Hot water works best.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 19, 2012
    Smooth ceilings can cost as much as $500 to $1,000 a room, depending on size. A lot of it is to cover imperfections in the sheetrock work, but much of it is to cover the crooked lumber used in the ceiling. If you took down your texture, you might find a lot of work to level out between the joist! We had a room that had smooth but was wavy so we added a texture ceiling. You have to use the joist to attach the drywall so there is no way to hide the irregularities!
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Oct 19, 2012
    Brian, LOVED the ceilings in your attachment. It would look great in my blah dianing room.
  • If you want really smooth ceilings or walls for that matter ask your contractor for a "level 5" finish. If they give you a deer in headlights look you should keep looking. The average up charge is 15% over level 4.
  • Leslie D Leslie D on Oct 19, 2012
    If you choose "Level 5", ask for references from customers who have used that company for that finish. Level 5 takes a true artisan, and if your house is older and you have irregularities in your ceiling, a level 5 finish can actually look worse than texture because every flaw will show, and it's difficult to see those irregularities until you get paint on it. It's hard to get a good level 5 if it isn't new drywall.
  • Rose F Rose F on Oct 21, 2012
    As Paint-N-Plus said, there is a way to wet it down and scrape it off. I'm sure you can find ways to do it online. You can probably use a paint sprayer for the water.
  • Lisa Schneider Lisa Schneider on Sep 23, 2014
    I would like that better than a popcorn/cottage cheese ceiling as well.
  • Tina Tina on Oct 17, 2014
    we have this all over the walls in the house we're in now! guess it was a fad back when these houses were built (50's or 60's) and of course we have the popcorn ceilings! ugh!
  • Phyllis Phyllis on Nov 30, 2014
    tina not just the 50's and 60's, it's all over my house and it was built in 1987.. hate this stuff.. It's hard to clean and harder to paint..
  • Scott Scott on Mar 27, 2015
    I have 28 years experience in plaster and drywall repair. Yes, this texture is nothing new. This texture has been applied since in could remember since the 70's called a stomp texture. Mexicans have a hard time with smooth ceilings! One of many cover-up's as to not conceal imperfections. I believe texture dates a home. Smooth is my choice and is the easiest to repair. Picky persons cannot touch up this texture. Not simple to make "Perfect". Comment from Affordable Class act Inc. Hope I gave positive insite?
  • Beth Beth on Apr 08, 2015
    I have never seen one of these ceilings in Wisconsin, It is neat looking!!!
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jan 14, 2016
    I've seen this style in homes in Massachusetts where I grew up, some even had glitter. (I'm crossing my eyes now.) Swirls were popular for a time too. Hated popcorn ceilings. I lived in Arizona for 10 years and the norm there is textured walls and ceilings. Wonderful for faux finishing!
  • Janice Arrington Janice Arrington on Jan 22, 2016
    I have not seen them in Georgia. I came home from work a few years ago and my husband and his nephew had put popcorn in kitchen, living room, hall and bathroom. Thankfully they ran out before they got to the rest of the house. I hate it