Wall Texture Types For Your Next Drywall Project

Wall texture types may be exactly what you need to spruce up your living space and make it into something new. There are a lot of different wall texture types to choose from and all of them can be done by yourself.

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What Are The Different Wall Texture Types?

Here we have almost a dozen different drywall texture types, letting you know that your options are almost limitless. Each texture uses its own technique and has its own look. Find which of the wall texture types work for you! 


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The popcorn ceiling texture is one of the most popular types of drywall texture types. This is primarily due to its popularity in mid-century times. Up until the 80s, popcorn ceilings used harmful asbestos in their makeup.

But today, there are better ways to apply popcorn ceilings. Just remember, no matter what texture you’re using, you need to cover the floor, apply painter’s tape, and open a window for ventilation. You will also need to prep the area. 

How To Apply Popcorn Ceiling Texture

To get a new popcorn ceiling, you need to buy popcorn ceiling spray. Then you mix it with water and spray it on. That’s it. Does it sound too easy? That’s why it was so popular before. It’s the easiest texture like this to apply. 

Just make sure that if you have an old popcorn ceiling, then you remove it. It probably contains asbestos. New popcorn ceiling sprays won’t have asbestos, but it never hurts to ask the store you’re buying it from. 

Orange Peel

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The orange peel texture looks like an orange peel. It’s smooth and bumpy, unlike most other drywall texture types which have rough spots or deep grooves. Orange peel is a great option if you want something simple yet different. 

How To Apply Orange Peel Texture

For the orange peel method, you’ll need a hopper (or sprayer) for spraying plaster. Then, you just need mud. you want the mud to be like pancake batter, a bit thinner than you would use for mudding. 

Then, you fill your hopper and get to work. Practice on cardboard before you give it a go on your chosen wall texture types. Then, once you’re confident with your pattern, start spraying as if you’re spraying a thin layer of paint. 

You want a splattered pattern that isn’t brushed down to be flat. That is always an option, but the orange peel look shouldn’t be painted on the wall. You can lightly go over it with a roller brush for a cleaner look. 


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The Venetian texture technique is an ancient technique using lime dust or marble dust with a classic stucco finish. The end result is a wall that looks like it’s made of marble. This is the most unique plaster texture of them all.

How To Apply Venetian Wall Texture

Applying Venetian plaster isn’t as hard as it used to be. Although it used to be difficult to apply it, you can now buy Venetian plaster in stores or online. So buy some and follow the instructions using a trowel to apply a thin layer.

Then, you can let it dry and apply another coat, using the trowel in the opposite direction, creating an x-shaped pattern. Then, after that coat dries, you use sandpaper in a circular motion to create a marble effect.

If you still are having trouble finding the difference between plaster and drywall, then check this drywall vs plaster guide out. 


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The knockdown technique is very common for professionals. It is a simple technique made even simpler by the tools that professionals use. It is always an option though, whether you’re a professional or not. 

How To Apply Knockdown Wall Texture

This is a really easy technique with great results. All you need to do is create a water and texture powder mix and spray it on your walls or ceilings with a hopper. Then, you lightly “knock it down” with a knockdown tool.

A knockdown tool is like a squeegee. You run it lightly over the surface to knock down paint or mud. We will use this technique with other drywall texture types, so you’ll need to know how to do it either way. 

Slap Brush

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The slap brush technique is common amongst professionals and amateurs because it works well yet it covers mistakes. This can be done by anyone who has any experience mudding or texturizing walls.

How to Apply Slap Brush Wall Texture

To begin with this technique, you’ll need quite a bit of drywall compound mixed. This is mud used for creating this texture. Then, there are two ways to do this and both can work equally well depending on your preference.

You can dip your slap brush in the mud and apply it directly to the walls, or you can apply mud to the walls and then slap it with the brush. Both are used often and allow you to choose the thickness of the texture. 

Slap Brush-Knockdown

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The slap brush knockdown technique is another common technique that uses both the slap brush texture and the knockdown method. This covers a lot of mistakes and can be highly customized to your preference.

How To Apply Slap Brush-Knockdown Wall Texture

To start with, you will apply the slap brush wall texture just as described earlier. Then, you will go over the slap job lightly with a knockdown trowel. This is an easy technique where you can use thicker layers in problem spots. 


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The sand texture is simply a spray method that uses sand and primer together. It looks simple and is very similar to different types of drywall textures. But it doesn’t crack or separate like other textures like it.

How To Apply Sand Wall Texture

First things first, you mix the sand mix with a primer or thin mud. Then you spray it on lightly. That’s it. Yes, this works just like popcorn ceiling but it’s always safe, it’s thinner, and it hardly ever cracks. 

Cracking is a common problem with thicker drywall texture types. So if this is a concern of yours, you really can’t go wrong with a sand-based texture like this one, or the next one. 

Sand Swirl

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The sand swirl technique can use many different materials, but usually, the sand/primer mix is your safest bet. Use it for the sand swirl technique, which is one of the most beautiful techniques you can use on drywall. 

How To Apply Sand Swirl Drywall Texture

All you have to do with this one is paint your walls with the mud or primer by creating swirls in your desired pattern. Thinner material is easier as it gives more uniformity. If it isn’t too thin, that is.


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The comb technique is one of the most gorgeous wall texture types method that uses mud to create intricate patterns on your wall. It is an older technique that has grown to become one of the most customizable ways to pattern drywall. 

How To Apply Comb Drywall Texture

You can use drywall mud for this one. Apply it to the wall with a flat trowel and then use a grooved trowel to make a combed look. Arches are usually the chosen pattern for this technique but you can get creative.

If you’ve ever put tile down, then you probably recognize this technique. Only this time, you won’t be putting tile over the combed mud. Instead, it will become the part that you will see! 


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The rosebud texture looks similar to the slap brush texture only is more controlled. It is named after the fact that the pattern usually ends up looking like a rosebud or a flower when you are finished.

How To Apply Rosebud Drywall Texture

To apply the rosebud texture, you follow the instructions for applying the slap brush texture. Only this time, instead of overlapping and randomly applying the mud, you do it by not overlapping and creating patterns instead. 


The name itself is just as pretty as the design. But just like lace, not just anyone can create such a delicate pattern. Lace drywall texture types need to be done by professionals on most occasions unless you really do your homework.

How To Apply Lace Drywall Texture

The truth is that when drywall experts say “lace” they usually mean knockdown. However, there is another technique involving applying thin layers of mud on your wall and creating unique patterns with thin pointed tools.

Which Of The Wall Texture Types Is Right For Me?

This all depends on what you’re looking for. If you are feeling bold and independent, try a rosebud technique. If you want something simple and DIY, then go for a sand texture, it’s as safe as you can get.

If you’re hiring a professional then it doesn’t matter what texture you choose. You can even come up with a new idea and they may be able to run with it. It never hurts to ask, so go bold and find your perfect wall texture!