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10 Reasons You Should Consider Painting Your Ceiling
While many homeowners will spend hours in the paint aisle debating wall colors, few pay much attention to the ceiling. Although there’s nothing wrong with a stand...
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The Best Ceiling Fan for Every Space in Your Home
Ceiling fans are a beloved feature of many homes, as they provide an affordable and often stylish way to make living ...
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7 Types of Wall Texture and the Techniques Behind Them
Modern trends have tended toward flat, blank walls and a focus on color to bring a room together, but adding a unique...
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These Are the World's Most Spectacular Ceilings
Quick, look up! Whatever you do, don't miss these 16 ceilings from across the globe that are quite simply the tops.
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7 Simple Soundproofing Solutions for Your Bedroom
You can’t always control the noise that surrounds your bedroom, especially if it's coming from the street or your neighbor's house. But you can mitigate it with t...
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6 Reasons for Installing Recessed Lighting Throughout the Home
Since the technology arrived in the 1930s, installing recessed lighting has become de rigueur in new construction and...
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7 Things to Know Before You Wallpaper the Ceiling
Things are really looking up for ceilings, thanks to the impact wallpaper can add to a formerly neglected space. That...
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Replace Dated Popcorn Ceilings with This New Texture
They are cheap and easy to install, and they camouflage a host of flaws, but popcorn ceilings are also dated and tend...
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9 Ceiling Types You'll See in Homes
Learn all about the most popular ceiling styles to decide what’s right for you, whether you are house hunting, remodeling, or having a new home built.
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6 Things to Know About Living with High Ceilings
Though nine-foot ceilings are the industry standard for new construction, ceilings that soar to 10 or 12 feet and eve...
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The Best Ways to Dress Up a Drop Ceiling
Pretty up a drab drop ceiling with any of these unexpected, inexpensive decor ideas.
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Solved! The Standard Ceiling Height for Homes
Q: I’m in the planning stages of building my own home with the help of a trusted contractor. I want high ceilings, bu...
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How To: Paint a Ceiling
Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particular...
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11 Breathtaking Ideas for a Wood Ceiling
Wood floors bring warmth and richness to interiors, so it's no surprise that wood has a similar effect when it covers the upper reaches of a room. Wood adds textu...
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Know Your Moldings: 10 Popular Trim Styles to Spiff Up Any Space
Cove or crown, batten or baseboard? Differentiate between the types of molding most commonly used in homes today—and discover which style might be right for your ...
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Solved! The Best Paint for Ceilings
Q: I’d like to repaint the gray drywall ceiling in my study a fresh white to brighten up the room. Are the pricier pr...
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All You Need to Know About Beadboard Ceilings
Prominent in the trim aisles of home improvement stores and popular on home remodeling shows, beadboard offers a grea...
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All You Need to Know About Exposed Ceiling Beams
Favored for their old world and country-chic appeal, exposed ceiling beams add a dramatic sense of strength and heft ...
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How To: Clean a Popcorn Ceiling
If you live in a house that’s more than a few decades old, you likely have popcorn ceilings, which rose in popularity...
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All You Need to Know About Vaulted Ceilings
Drawing the eye upward to create a sense of volume and spaciousness, vaulted ceilings add drama to otherwise ordinary...
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All You Need to Know About Tray Ceilings
You may have hung the gallery walls and installed crown molding, but interior design needn’t stop at the top of the w...
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All You Need to Know About Venetian Plaster
The age-old surface treatment of Venetian plaster is making a comeback in modern homes.  Mostly used on interior wall...
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Solved! What Cracks in the Ceiling Really Mean
Q: I just noticed a crack in my ceiling, but I’m not sure how long it’s been there. Is it a normal symptom of an agin...
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Solved! What to Do About Water Stains on the Ceiling
Q: I recently noticed some water stains on the ceiling of my living room. I'm not sure where they came from, but the ...
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All You Need to Know About Coffered Ceilings
Inspired by a Baroque and early Renaissance architectural style in which a roof's framework exposed overhead beams cr...
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11 Doable Ways to DIY a Basement Ceiling
Choosing your basement ceiling can be tricky! It can be tempting to go bare-bones with the ceilings so you don’t lose any clearance for this often-low ceiling, bu...
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All You Need to Know About Ceiling Fan Direction
Since its invention in the late 19th century, its introduction to American homes in the 1920s, and its resurgence in ...
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All You Need to Know About Popcorn Ceilings
Half a century ago, popcorn ceilings were all the rage, cropping up above brightly colored walls, psychedelic pattern...
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How To: Paint a Popcorn Ceiling
The popcorn effect—so called for its resemblance to America’s favorite fluffy snack—is the result of loose particulat...
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The Best Way to Heat a Home with High Ceilings
As summer heat gives way to fall’s cooler temperatures, daily activities—from dinners to DIY projects—migrate back in...
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How To: Texture a Ceiling
It all too easy to slap a coat of white paint on your ceiling and consider it done. But to really pull a room togethe...
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3 Fixes for Popcorn Ceilings
While popcorn is almost always welcome during a trip to the movies or a viewing of your favorite TV show, there is on...
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9 Clever Ways to Counteract Low Ceilings
Not everyone is lucky enough to have high ceilings in their home. If your rooms are vertically challenged, don’t worry - there are ways to make them feel higher. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pros and Cons of Cathedral Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings, also called cathedral ceilings, have some great attributes, but others you may not be so fond of. O...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Popcorn Ceilings
So-called "popcorn ceilings" became popular back in the 1950s and 60s, because they hid imperfections in ceiling surf...
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How To: Remove a Popcorn Ceiling
For a significant chunk of the 20th century, from the 1950s through the '80s, the ceilings in many new homes—particul...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing a Drop Ceiling
I'm interested in installing a drop ceiling in my basement rec room. Do you have any helpful hints for a do-it-yourse...
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Look! 11 Painted Ceilings That Wow
Ceilings are an often overlooked element of interior design. Sometimes referred to as the "fifth wall," the ceiling offers a wide-open expanse, a tempting blank c...
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How To: Install a Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling
 Here's a way to install a tongue-and-groove ceiling without damaging the wood. Set a board in place. Then with a scr...
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All About Radiant Wall Heating
This article has been brought to you by Warmboard. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Think “radiant h...
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The Walls and Ceilings
The completed rough frame of the structure allows you to get a physical and a visual sense of the new or renovated sp...
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From Finland with Love: Notes on Installing a Wood Ceiling
Nearly 30 years ago, I traveled to Finland and toured a series of modular, site-built homes in the city of Jyvaskyla....
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Bob Vila Radio: Ceiling Medallions
Ceiling medallions are moldings that are installed in the center of a ceiling, typically around a light fixture or ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tin Ceilings
Tin ceilings were very popular in the mid-1800s and early 1900s. These mass-produced ceilings, stamped with decorativ...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Paint a Ceiling
A ceiling can be a real pain in the neck to paint, but there are some simple ways to make this job a bit easier. List...
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10 Great Looks in Tin Ceiling Tiles
Adding tin tiles to your ceilings can wake up a whole room with a fresh but classic look.
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It's All in the Details—Tin Ceilings
A classic building material from the late 19th and early 20th century is experiencing a comeback. Fans of Victorian a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Spots
Water spots on ceilings and walls aren’t just unsightly--they can be a symptom of a much bigger problem that needs at...
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What Do You Say to a Naked Ceiling? Remodel.
It started with a casual stare. Then I gave my kitchen ceiling a withering glance and declared it dreadful! The kitch...
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space
Bob recaps the project and the installation of a new ceiling and walls begins.
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Acoustical Ceiling for Sound Attenuation
Bob learns about a new residential acoustical ceiling product—QuietZone's Solserene—which attaches directly to hard surfaces and absorbs reverberations.
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Elm Court's Dining Room
Bob tours one of the Vanderbilt family's most elegant dining rooms. The Berles have restored the ornate plasterwork ceilings and cornices, which were the inspirat...
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Installing a Drop Ceiling to Hide Duct Work
Bob walks through the Manhattan Brownstone floor-through apartment with project manager Chris Vila, looking at the ductwork that has been run in the ceiling for t...
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Reviewing Attic Conversion Plans
Bob meets structural engineer Steve Siegel on the attic floor of the Medford, MA home to discuss the owner's desire for an office with cathedral ceilings.
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Reviewing the Home's Framing
Bob reviews the frame of the home and the interior layout.
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Laying Plywood for the Front Porch Ceiling
General contractor Kevin Kalman and carpenter Bob Ryley lay plywood to the soffit of the front porch ceiling.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Attic Insulation
Australian-born architect and homeowner, Gavin Langley, shows Bob how attics are insulated in his home country.
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Architects Tour the Newton, MA Project
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
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Installing Tin Ceiling Sheaths
Contractor Bob Ryles demonstrates how to install tin ceiling sheaths, a Victorian touch for the Martha's Vineyard project house.
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Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. ...
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Insulating the Home
Insulation contractors Jim and John Case show Bob how to insulate the cathedral ceiling. To ensure airflow and prevent condensation buildup, channels are install ...
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Pine Porch Ceiling
Contractor Larry Landers installs V-groove pine on the ceiling of the new front porch and demonstrates how to stagger and miter boards for an attractive, old-fash...
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Hanging Ceiling Drywall
Bob interviews Larry Lelflar (from Bonita Drywall) as he and his team hang drywall on the ceiling, then apply the first coat of tape and compound.
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Finishing the Drywall Ceiling
Bob tours the interior of the in-progress Naples project, discussing the installation of ceiling boards with the drywall contractor.
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