By Hannah Twietmeyer
If you have an old home, chances are one or more of your ceilings are what are considered popcorn ceilings, or vermiculite, acoustic, or stucco ceilings. The vintage interior design fad—a multi-material spray layered over white paint—was often used to coat ceilings and help soundproof them, or hide uneven patches and dirty areas, according to Build. The result was a thick, textured coating, often resembling the look of cottage cheese or popcorn—hence the name.
The trend was popular from the 1930s to sometime around the 1990s before it fell out of fashion, says Insider. As a result, many houses that were built or remodeled during that time period feature popcorn ceilings. However, the style isn’t necessarily a coveted one in the 2020s, and traditional popcorn ceilings can pose some possible health risks during removal depending on the material they’re made with.
If you have a popcorn ceiling in your home that is less than appealing, just know you aren’t stuck with it and have options. Here’s everything you need to know about popcorn ceiling removal, and what to consider before the project even starts.