Types of Texturing for Interior Walls

Updated February 21, 2017

Texture painting techniques give homeowners an opportunity to choose among a variety of wall finish textures as well as colour combination when interior decorating. Interior wall treatments come in myriad styles, and creating wall and ceiling paint textures can give a room a personalised touch while adding to the room's aesthetic appeal. Knowing the basic types of textured wall can help you improve your home's look.

Smooth Coat Finish

Smooth coat is an interior wall texture technique characterised by a smooth wall finish instead of rough, patterned or granular surfaces. A smooth coat texture is achieved by following the paint manufacturer's instructions, which typically involve spraying, brushing and using a paint roller tool. No special processes or tools are used to alter the texture of the paint during application. Smooth coat finishes come in a variety of paints options, from water-based to pure acrylic and high-quality epoxy paints.

Orange Peel Interior Wall Texture

Orange peel is a type of interior wall texture that looks similar to the bumpy surface of the skin of an orange. Orange peel texture is achieved by spraying paint with low pressure so that the paint splatters the walls to give an orange peel look, or by using a roller laden with too little paint or too much paint, allowing the surface to dry before the texture can level. One advantage of using this type of texture is that it effectively hides subtle flaws in a wall.

Slap Brush Texture

Another technique that produces a textured finish is the slap brush, panda paw, or crow's-foot technique. Slap brush painting adds depth to the surface of a wall or ceiling while hiding imperfections that the wall or ceiling may have. This type of texture is achieved using powdered compounds and pre-mixed muds applied with a hopper gun or a paint roller. This painting method is relatively inexpensive and can be applied to any drywall surface with a variety of techniques.

Faux Suede Finish

Textured paints containing silica can make a wall or ceiling look and feel like suede, thus giving your walls or ceilings a velvety, soft finish that can look rich and opulent with the proper lighting. Faux suede is a decorative painting technique that is typically used in formal and well-lit rooms such as offices, dining rooms or libraries but is not ideal for use in kids' room or high-traffic areas.

Mud Trowel/Knockdown

Mud trowel texture, or knockdown texture, is similar to Spanish-style stucco. This type of texture gives an aged appearance to walls and gives a room a warm and rustic feel. The procedure for applying this type of texture basically involves spraying drywall joint compound in dollops over the surface of the wall and knocking down the tops of the dollops by lightly trowelling to form a rough, uneven, earthy finished surface.

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