When installing drywall, one of the things you need to keep in mind while finishing it is what kind of drywall texture I should use? Choosing one modern drywall texture type over any other comes down to the matter of opinion. There are no disadvantages or advantages of using one finish over another. This purely comes down to the value of the view of which drywall finish you prefer.
1. Popcorn Drywall Texture
We are starting our list with one of the most popular ceiling finishes in North America: the popcorn drywall texture. This texture was incredibly popular before the 1990s, and if the surface was installed before the 1980s, it most likely contains asbestos.
This drywall ceiling texture gets its name from the shape of the finished texture. Popcorn ceilings protrude from the ceiling itself and are rounded off much like in the form of popcorn. If you want to remove a popcorn ceiling, you can read our blog post.
2. Orange Peel Drywall Texture
Orange peel drywall textures get their name from the texture that is on the skin of an orange. The drywall texture type itself is both wrinkled and curved, much like an orange. This drywall texture is available in three different styles. The three styles are fine, medium, and heavy. The more refined the style, the fewer bumps and curves there are. The heavier the style, the more wrinkles and curves there are.
One of the tools you will need to create an orange peel texture is a drywall texture sprayer. To go ahead and create the drywall texture, all you need is to spray texture from half a meter away from the surface or further away. The one downside of having this type of texture is that it is harder to clean than others.
3. Spray Sand Drywall Texture
Spray sand is similar to an orange peel texture; however, spray sand textures use a drywall texture machine tool instead. The most apparent difference between these two textures is that the ovals are smaller, so the texture looks less smooth.
4. Knockdown Drywall Texture
Knockdown textures get their name from the action taken to create the texture. To make this texture, first, apply a coat of wet plaster or drywall mud, then gently go over the plaster or mud with a soft brush or sponge. The next step is to take a drywall knife, trowel, or skimming blade and knockdown this texture. Once it starts to dry, the texture will then begin to look like the image above.
5. Skip Trowel Drywall Texture
Skip trowel textures look similar to knockdown drywall textures. One of the significant differences is that the texture is spaced out, creating a different look. The skip trowel drywall texture is more spaced out than knockdown textures and is made using a specific technique.
To achieve this aesthetic, press your trowel against the texture at an angle and move it around cautiously to produce an uneven texture.
6. Lace Drywall Texture
Lace drywall textures are non-sand spray knockdown that results in a multi-layered pattern. The look of a lace texture is similar to Spanish lace seen on women’s clothing or other lace-based products.
You can also add to the lace texture by making it a multi-coloured laced drywall texture. Multi-coloured lace drywall textures use the same tools as the skip trowel texture but require more time and effort than other drywall textures. To do this. Once the first layer of paint has dried, apply the second layer of paint of a different colour. While the second layer is wet, use a trowel to create a texture.
7. Smooth Drywall Texture
A smooth drywall texture is a smooth flat texture without a shape. Smooth textures have become more prevalent in the last 20 years since minimalistic designs have become increasingly popular among homeowners. This is now considered the most popular drywall texture in 2020 and 2022. With this texture there is no need to remove drywall texture if you want to add a new one.
8. Swirl Drywall Texture
A swirl drywall texture is a round circular pattern that emulates a swirling effect in the drywall finishing texture. Making a swirl texture requires a brush or a sponge, depending on how rough or smooth you want the texture to appear. Move the brush or sponge in a circular motion to create the round patterns of a swirl texture. This texture needs a level of craftsmanship that other textures do not require.
9. Venetian Drywall Texture
Venetian drywall textures have the visual aesthetic of the old plastering technique. This technique requires plaster to be mixed with marble dust, so the drywall looks to have a metamorphism design. The mixture was applied in thin layers, sanded, and buffed to achieve this design, giving a polished look once finished.
10. Stippled Drywall Texture
Creating a stippled drywall texture requires a stomp brush, a soft brush with long bristles used to create uneven shapes in drywall finishing. Otherwise known as a slap brush, this is necessary for achieving this texture. First, take a roller or any kind of application apparatus, apply the texture, and then use the stomp brush against the surface to create the design.
11. Stomp Texture
Creating a stipple drywall texture requires a stomp brush, otherwise known as a drywall texture brush, which is a soft brush with long bristles used to create uneven shapes in drywall finishing. Otherwise known as a slap brush, this is necessary for achieving this texture. First, take a drywall texture roller or any kind of application apparatus, apply the texture, and then use the stomp brush against the surface to create the design.
12. Rosebud Drywall Texture
The rosebud technique is similar to the stomp texture. However, the key difference is that each “stomp” is applied evenly, thus creating a round flower shape with a center bud and petals blooming from the center of the texture.
13. Bas-Relief Drywall Texture
As far as drywall finishes go, Bas-Relief drywall textures are more of a work of art rather than a practical finish. Bas-Relief finishes are typically sculptures that protrude from the wall itself. These are not commonly seen due to the expense, and it takes a craftsman and an artist to pull off this texture.
14. Comb/Fish Scale/Fan Drywall Texture
This drywall texture has multiple different names but have the same style. Whether you call it a comb drywall texture, fish scale texture or a fan drywall texture, this drywall design is applied using a toothed trowel. The toothed trowel creates grooves in the finish on either a wall or ceiling. Scale textures are frequently layered in the design of a half fans.
15. Tree Bark Drywall Texture
The tree bark drywall texture makes your walls or ceilings look like tree bark. Using a white paint or finishing material will make it look like a birch tree but you can change the colour of the finish to make it look like a different tree altogether. Making this texture is very simple. Use a heavy paint roller to apply the texture and let it dry.