Wall Textures and the Techniques Behind Them

Wall Textures And The Techniques Behind Them

Texturing is an excellent way to elevate your home’s aesthetics whilst hiding architectural errors that might require costly repairs. Even if you only decide to get the accent wall textured, this technique can add a lot of character and depth to your interiors.

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The comb texture is achieved by creating lines of various shapes and widths in the drywall compound. It can be used to create a repeated series of rainbow patterns. This simplistic texturing technique is done using a trowel on a wet drywall compound to create perfect concentric circles. The textured need 24 hours to dry before priming and painting can be done on it.


Popcorn ceilings were a popular look in the 70s. This wall texture is great at hiding imperfections and can help absorb sound between walls and floors. On top of that, it is easy to create and affordable. The popcorn texture is created by mixing water to a dry mix of drywall mud and polystyrene, which is then sprayed on using an air compressor and hopper gun.

Sand Swirl

The sand swirl texture adds a subtle feel of individuality to the room. Use a paint brush dipped in perlite (primer mixed with sand mixed) to make a big loop with an open end at the top of the wall. Each row of the swirl pattern covers the bottom of the previous row. Let the wall dry for 24 hours before priming and room painting.

Orange Peel

This texture resembles the peel of an orange. Mix drywall compound with water to form a thick paint or until it reaches a soupy pancake batter consistency, then spray small splatters onto the wall using a hopper gun with an air-adjustable valve and an air compressor to create the desired texture. You can prime and paint the textured walls once they have dried.


The knockdown technique results in the formation of a unique and rustic pattern that is similar to stucco. Knockdown is done by adding a step to the orange peel technique. Once you have applied the orange peel texture to the walls, flatten the peaks and bumps in the drywall compound using a wide knockdown knife. Time is of the essence here. Knowing when exactly to flatten the drywall compound is crucial because if you do it too soon, the knockdown knife will leave lines from its. After flattening is done, the wall can be left to dry overnight before you start priming and painting.

Slap Brush

The slap brush technique gives an eccentric flair to a room by creating a random pattern of thin lines on the walls. The drywall compound is mixed with water until it reaches a thick paint consistency, then it is applied to the wall using your roller. Then a thin coating of drywall compound is applied to a slap brush, which is slapped onto the wall at random angles. Priming and painting start after 24 hours of drying.

Slap Brush Knockdown

This texture combines the slap brush technique with the knockdown texture’s flattening step to form a random abstract pattern of wider and flatter lines instead of thin, peaked ones. The walls are textured with the slap brush technique. After the required wait time, the peaks on the wall are flattened using the knockdown texture technique. Painting is done 24 hours after flattening.

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