Wall Textures can add some lovely shades to your walls and neutral shades to the ceiling. Using shades like purple, silver gray, and olive will make the textures look the most attractive. They can add charm, warmth and character to a home, hide defects in a wall or ceiling provides an architectural look for a house or room, cover evidence of repairs and as a cherry on top, they turn our spaces into master pieces.
- Stipple Textures
Stipple Textures are mainly brush finishes and are varied. They usually involve a brush with stiff, moderate or soft bristles and the brush may be long, short, skinny, wide or round. The type of brush will be determined by the look and textured desired by the client. Add to this the technique employed by the tradesman and you can easily see why there are hundreds or even thousands of finishes that may be achieved. This sort of texture is completed by rolling or spraying on a part of drywall substance and then ‘stippling’ it using a brush. The style can be circular, oval or monolithic.
- Knock Down Texture
This is certainly achieved by including a 3rd stage to the stippled texture. Once the texture is partly dry a plastic or rubber trowel is pulled over the stipple to give the ‘knock down’ look. The knockdown style of texturing is easy as a DIY project. This texture is used to add dimension and warm to drywall. It looks like a stucco finish. To create this pattern, you go through the steps that you use for the orange peel style but just prior to the walls drying, take a finishing knife and go over the mud to know off the bumps and partially smooth them over. It’s a lot messier than the orange peel but it creates a highly contemporary wall texture.
- Roll Textures
This style is performed by utilizing drywall substance to the wall or ceiling with a coloring roller. This kind is usually utilized in closets and sheds. It is the simplest of all of them to match.
- Trowel Texture
These types of textures are a carry-over from the plastering period. As the label means they are completed with a trowel. From time to time sand or some other aggregates are put into the mud or plaster to offer the texture a grainy look. This style is similar to the knockdown texturing but there is a difference. You create this pattern by using a skip trowel to apply the mud directly to the drywall by hand. Generally an 18 inch curved knife is applied in very thin layers to the drywall. It takes a little practice but when you angle the knife just right the knife skips across the drywall onto the surface and leaves behind a lovely texture that is multilayered in small round circles that are spread over each other. One thing to consider before applying the mud, is the consistency. Too runny and it will just slide down the walls. On-the-other-hand, too thick and it will not spread easily and will be hard to spread the mud evenly and consistently over the drywall. Skip Trowel texture is a very popular texture in many areas of the United States . Here in my area most of the high end homes have this very elegant texture that also has a Mediterranean flair to it as well.
Skip trowel has been around since the old lath and plaster day’s and is still a very desired texture till this day. Depending where you live skip trowel texture has different styles and looks. Here in the south eastern United States skip trowel texture has sand mixed in with an all purpose joint compound along with a little water. “Skip trowel texture can give any room an unique, modern and elegant feel! Skip trowel texture looks a lot like a finish used on drywall walls and ceilings called knockdown texture. Skip trowel is just a little more spaced and spread out more than knockdown texture is. Skip trowel also looks a lot like a medium stucco finish. Skip trowel is applied by hand and can be applied in a light, medium or even a heavy consistency, depending on the look you’re going for… “Are you feeling a little Bold? Paint your skip trowel ceiling with a semi gloss or satin paint and watch the detail of the skip trowel texture light up! Skip trowel texture is applied by hand which is a lot less messy than a spray texture, so the prep time can be cut in half as opposed to covering and protecting your flooring, walls and personal items that you would have to do to be able to spray a knockdown texture or orange peel texture. Another great feature of Skip Trowel is its awesome hiding ability. If you’ve had a ceiling repair or wall repair and can still see exactly where it was, you might be able to apply a variation of your very own skip trowel texture to not only update your space but also make those ugly sheet rock repairs almost vanish!
- Acoustic Texture
This type is completed with specific tools and looks such as drops sprayed onto the ceiling. From the humming of kitchen appliances and the digital beeps of electronics, game systems and barking dogs, unwanted sound can be merely distracting or downright annoying. Many noise problems can be controlled with easy and affordable fixes, such as installing acoustical ceiling panels. Acoustical panels help improve sound quality in a room in several ways like they are manufactured so that they reduce sound that strikes their surfaces by up to 70%. Much of the harsh noise we experience in a room comes from sound bouncing off hard surfaces such as floors, ceilings, and furniture. They do an excellent job of preventing sound from passing into adjacent rooms and absorb echoes and reverberations, creating an environment free of harsh noise. As decorative acoustic panels hang from a suspended ceiling system, they are a convenient and stylish way to hide plumbing, electrical and cable wires, ductwork, and other unsightly home systems, while allowing easy access for repairs or maintenance. This makes suspended ceilings a popular choice for basement remodels.
- Swirl Textures
A swirl finish looks just like your paint brush has been moved in circular motions over a wet surface. This is a little similar to the trowel texture. The difference is in the uniform shapes that are formed with this technique instead of the uneven semi-circles. This will give a classy look to your walls with never-ending and intertwined patterns, which need to be essentially done by a profession. Comb textures are popular for those who favor highly stylized wall surfaces and they are created through techniques which create lines of varying widths. The most common type of comb texture results in a rainbow like image repeated at various angles on drywall. To obtain the shape of a rainbow arc, experiment with a trowel with a series of small teeth to make the lines. It is preferable to have two people working on the creation of this texture as one will use a sprayer or roller and a comber. One person will apply the mud and the other can create the pattern while the mud is still wet. This type of wall texture is another common and popular pattern that can take a little practice to perfect. Two people are needed to create the style. One person rolls on a perlite primer which is mixed with sand while the second creates an arched patterns. The patterns are created by making a series of rounded hand motions, but a brush may be used to create a pattern that is a bit looser. A swirl drywall finish appears to be a group of partial circles in a pattern that is usually found only on ceilings but occasionally walls. There are some contractors that may describe the finish as a spinning, whril or churning look and the partial circles often appear stacked in rows. This look has been used for many years in some parts of the US and requires a skilled tradesman to apply this type of finish; otherwise imperfections stand out. A swirl finish is usually accomplished by applying a thin coat of drywall mud and then with a stiff bristle a tradesman will drag the brush through the fresh mud in a circular pattern. Maintaining a consistent geometrically even pattern requires a high level of skill.
- Venetian Texture
This refers to a plaster material that is comprised of slaked limestone. It may contain marble dust or other natural materials. It is applied with a trowel in very thin layers giving a rich look with depth and movement. It is perfectly smooth to the touch, yet provides a beautiful visual texture. After it is burnished it can gleam with a high shine. Some of our clients prefer a matte finish, and while not the traditional look, it can be stunning in its own right in this application. After completely drying, the plaster goes through a carbonization process and becomes stone.