What is a spanish lace drywall texture?

Updated February 21, 2017

Spanish lace drywall texture is a form of relief often found on the interior walls of a home. The texture is frequently seen on the ceiling but also be found on a home's walls. The texture is made from plaster, often drywall compound. The name of the texture varies in different parts of the country from executive texture to knockdown.


Spanish lace is often sprayed on with thinned-down drywall compound. Once applied to the wall, a trowel is used to smooth the plaster. A second method to create Spanish lace is to spray the joint compound over the wall and stamp into the plaster using a drywall tool.


Besides being visually appealing, Spanish lace drywall texture is used to disguise drywall flaws. Creating a completely smooth wall is often difficult. Drywall seams and joints occasionally are visible, and drywall screws sometimes pop out of place. The Spanish lace texture creates relief so these flaws are no longer visible.

Finished Look

When applied to the ceiling, Spanish lace should be painted with flat sheen paint. Ceilings may show more flaws when painted with paint that has a sheen. Spanish lace textured walls can be painted any sheen of paint, though a high gloss paint can deter from the textured look. The finish is generally washed with a dark brown glaze to create a faux finish effect. The decorative glaze treatment falls into the crevices of the Spanish lace and highlights the plaster's low and high areas.

Additional Tips

Spanish lace is usually added during the construction process of a home. However, you can still add the texture finish to your walls. The project requires the entire room to be cleared of all furniture because the plaster tends to spray in different directions. If you are hiring a drywall artist, ask to see samples of her Spanish lace texture. Drywall artists should show you exactly what the texture looks like. Each person's Spanish lace look is different.

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Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.