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crayola110 12-30-2013 02:52 PM

Ceiling texture and finish for higher "appearing" ceilings?
Hi so I just removed my popcorn ceiling and I'm wondering what texture would make the ceiling look taller.

I have just an 8 ft tall ceiling. The living/kitchen/dining is all one room about 550 sq ft (it's just a condo)

Should I texture, orange peel or leave it flat?

What type of pain finish is best for making it look like more height? -flat, semi gloss, egg shell satin?

I want the illusion of higher ceilings

Also would crown molding help the space seem larger or taller?

The overall style of my room is a mix between modern mixed with rustic

joecaption 12-30-2013 04:46 PM

Just leave it flat with no texture.
Ceilings need flat sheen paint or your going to be seeing every flaw.
Any trim such as crown is going to make the wall look shorter.

Jmayspaint 12-30-2013 04:52 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption
Just leave it flat with no texture.
Ceilings need flat sheen paint or your going to be seeing every flaw.
Any trim such as crown is going to make the wall look shorter.

I agree. Anything that draws the eye to the ceiling; molding, texture, sheen, are going to make the room look shorter.
Light colors, flat paint.

crayola110 12-31-2013 03:26 AM

That sucks about molding, because I'm a fan of it and think it looks nice.

The ceilings are 8 feet tall.

I had read somewhere that reflective higher gloss paint can create depth in the ceiling, but I could also see how it would bring it attention.

I'll def try to go with something plain. Any other paint tips I could do?

How about paint in the kitchen, shouldn't that be semi-gloss or egg shell at least for cooking-oils and stuff?

jeffnc 12-31-2013 03:40 AM

There is a newer trend in crown ceilings that to my eye makes my brain think the ceiling is taller. It appears like one big solid piece of trim, but it's an illusion. Described here:

Some may feel the opposite though - that it brings the ceiling down.

jeffnc 12-31-2013 03:41 AM

I don't think you need eggshell in the kitchen on your ceiling. Haven't really heard of anyone cleaning their ceiling.

crayola110 12-31-2013 12:36 PM

Thanks jeff, like you said I think that big of trim can also make it look to brings ceilings down. It looks huge!

jeffnc 12-31-2013 12:53 PM

It does look huge, but there's actually a gap there that is painted wall. So it's not huge like one big chunk of crown. To me it makes it look like the ceiling has been extended up 8", so the "hugeness" translates to "tallness" to my eye. If that whole thing were one big chunk of wood, it would have the opposite effect.

joecaption 12-31-2013 01:00 PM

Makes the wall look 6' tall to me.
Way to busy for a small room.

crayola110 12-31-2013 01:05 PM

Hmm I think the Crown molding might make it look taller while the really tall "chair" molding brings the room down again.

Wouldnt the walls appear Taller if you instead made the crown molding go a few inches deeper into the ceiling instead of deeper down the wall? Because in this instance they're taking away from the wall by making the crown molding look so thick

(i hope that description makes sense)

Wish there were more pics without that really tall chair molding

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