Wall Texture Types (Designs & Pictures)

Here we share the different wall texture types including their benefits to help you choose the best one for your home’s interior design.
Contemporary design of cozy gray living room interior with simple sofa coffee table rack plant and yellow accentWhile a room’s color is often the first thing we think of when a room is feeling dull or lifeless, the texture is an effective tool for bringing life back into space. Texture has the added benefit of adding depth and dimension to a space, and even color-averse designers can benefit from it. 

It doesn’t stop with your curtains, pillows, or rugs. Adding texture to your walls, such as sand swirl or slap brush, stimulates both the sight and feel, making it a desirable design element to add an engagement. 

Dressing up your walls with natural materials like marble and wood, or even paints and wallpapers with perceived texture effects, will instantly liven up a room that’s falling flat without taking up any surface space.


Apartment with modern armchairs and cyan wallThe combed texture is your perfect choice when you want to add a sense of movement and style variations. As the term implies, combing motions are used in a comb texture. 

Using a brush or trowel, apply a combing motion just after applying drywall mud. The standard version has simple arc patterns. Another option is having an alternate pattern of your typical fan and shell-like pattern. Alternatively, you can use 3D Artex Comb Wall Texture. 

Orange Peel 

A layer of dimpled texture is applied following the application and sanding of the first layer of thin drywall mud. This “orange peel” finish is probably the most popular wall texture.

It can be rolled on with a thick nap roller or sprayed on with a mud hopper and air compressor. The thickness of the texture can be changed to achieve a variety of effects.

As one of the simpler wall texture styles, it’s an excellent option for modern homes. This additional texturing is perfect in breaking a monotonous wall finish or to fill in the long stretches of wall and create a focal point or backdrop for wall art. 


Black room interior with leather sofa and decorThis is a traditional drywall texture that is frequently used by people who want to add depth to the appearance of their paint. It is a popular style in the southwest, particularly in New Mexico and Texas, and is especially prevalent in homes with that aesthetic.

The application is straightforward. The texture is applied to the wall and then smoothed over with a wide drywall knife shortly afterward. This is referred to as ‘knocking down” the texture, hence the name.

Stomp Knockdown 

This texture can be created by stomping star patterns across the wall with a brush. You’ll need a roller and stomp brush to make the design.

To create this texture, gently press the brush across the wall as if it were stamped, then smooth out any peaks or high spots with a knockdown knife.

Compound mud is recommended for this purpose because it adheres well to the surface. This allows for simple design and, as a result, a neat appearance. Although more popularly used on ceilings, the stomp knockdown is an attractive wall texture. 

Sand Swirl 

Stucco with coarse sand finish If you want a fully dimensional texture, the sand swirl is your perfect option. These types of drywall textures have been popular in the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S. and are more commonly found on ceilings, but they can also be found on the walls of apartment buildings.

As the name implies, a swirl texture leaves a swirled pattern of half circles across the wall surface.

The pattern generally moves across the wall as a collection of circles laying on top of one another until the circles end up at the opposite end of the room. A variation of this texture uses silica sand to give the swirled drywall mud that rough look. 

Skip Trowel

Living room loft in industrial styleThis classic texture is an excellent way to hide away imperfections and is considered one of the easiest and simplest texturing you can do. Because of its random application, any DIYer can create this attractive wall texture. It is also termed as “mud trowel knockdown,” “Santa Fe,” or “Spanish Knockdown.” 

The skip trowel drywall texture is created by “skipping” a thin drywall joint compound as it is pushed across a wall or ceiling with a trowel. Trowel strokes are applied in a random, arching pattern, resulting in a distressed and uneven finish.

But don’t be fooled by what appears to be an ad hoc application. When applied correctly, skip trowel texture creates a stunning, professional drywall finish.

Slap Brush

Also termed as “crows feet” or “stomp texture,” “stomp brush,” or “stipple,” the slap brush is simple to apply to drywall surfaces with basic drywall compound, or “mud.”

The resulting texture has a fan-like or sunburst effect due to the texture brush’s fanned-out bristles.

The technique is simple, and you can create different textures by overlapping the stomp pattern more or less, changing the thickness of the mud, or using a different brush than leaves a distinct imprint. The depth of the ridges in the joint compound is usually determined by the stiffness of the bristles.


A popcorn ceiling, also known as a stipple ceiling or an acoustic ceiling, is a ceiling that has been treated with one of several spray-on or paint-on treatments.

It is characterized by having a bumpy surface created by tiny particles of vermiculite or polystyrene, which provide sound-deadening properties to the ceiling.

Fine, medium and coarse grades of mixtures are available. It was popular in the 1970s, but it is now more commonly used for external walling. Visit our guide on ceiling texture types for more ideas.


White leather sofa on green venetian wall texture type backgroundThe term “Italian Plaster” refers to a plaster material made of slaked limestone. Marble dust or other natural materials may be present in the Venetian texture. To achieve the look, use a trowel in very thin layers to create a rich, three-dimensional look with depth and movement. It is perfectly smooth to the touch while also providing a lovely visual texture.

It can gleam with a high shine after being burnished. Some of our clients prefer a matte finish, which, while not the traditional look, can be quite stunning in this application. After completely drying, the plaster undergoes carbonization and transforms into stone.  

Crows Feet

The texture of a crow’s foot is very similar to that of a stomp brush. The difference, and the source of the technique’s name, is in the brush itself.

A crow’s foot is made up of two oval stomp brushes that are mounted side by side.

If you want a slightly more orderly ceiling texture, or if you want to texture a ceiling in half the number of stomps, this is a good option.


The rosebud drywall texture is named after the likeness of a single, round stomp to a flower, with the center bud and petals radiating out.

The rosebud drywall technique is similar to the brush stomp technique, but it is applied evenly so that each stomp is visible and does not overlap the others significantly.

Rosebud Stomp drywall texture is popular on ceilings in the Midwest of the United States. Rosebud derives its name from the appearance it creates of an opened rose flower with petals rolling out in a circular pattern from the center.

Spray Sand

Stucco medium sand finish The spray sand ceiling texture looks exactly like it sounds!

Sand is mixed with primer, water, or very thin mud before being sprayed onto the ceiling with a hopper gun.

When done correctly, it results in a textured surface that does not crack and separate like an orange peel texture.

Spray sand is commonly used as a subtle accent on ceilings, but it can also be found on walls.

Spanish Lace

Beach house living room with tv stand wooden cabinet and spanish lace wall texture typeThe Spanish lace is beautiful wall texturing that offers intricate visual details but not as pronounced as the plain knockdown or California knockdown. The process starts by creating knockdown patterns by applying joint or texturing compound spatters and flattening or knocking them down with a drywall knife.

However, converting a basic knockdown pattern into Spanish lace requires some skill. When the compound is the right consistency, and the knife is handled correctly, the individual spatters are interconnected by fine lines to create an overall effect resembling a lace veil.

Hawk And Trowel

The tools used to create the texture are referred to as the hawk and trowel. The hawk is a flat plate with a handle on the underside.

Plaster is placed in a mound in the center of the hawk, and a flat rectangular trowel is used to apply the plaster to the hawk’s wall.

The Hawk and Trowel interior wall texture have more straight-line designs and several layers of texture rolling over one another as a result of these tools. See our plaster shower walls guide here.

Benefits of Wall Texture

Red armchair in modern bedroom with concrete wallWe’re always looking for new ways to improve our homes, and the walls are a great place to start as it takes most of the whole visual space in a room. You can experiment with different paints, colors, murals, lighting, and other design elements when painting your walls.

However, a little texture on your walls can sometimes be just what you need. Here are a few compelling reasons why textured paint is the way to go if you want to add a little flair to your rooms.


While redecorating a room can entail purchasing new furniture and decor, painting is frequently the simplest and most cost-effective option. But rather than sticking with the usual plain finish, textured walls allow you to transform your space in a matter of days without breaking the bank.

Creating a textured accent wall with kitchen utensils such as spoons and stamps can be a fun project.


Open space home interior with yellow sofa coffee table on parquet floor black kitchen set dining table with chairsAs almost all decorative wall options can be customized, using a textured wall is the easiest way to add some personality to your space. You can retrace a picture from a magazine on your wall or experiment while painters are at work; textured walls are a great place to add a personal touch.

Remember that wallpapers, murals, and even accent walls do not provide you with this level of freedom. See our accent wall colors guide to get more ideas.

Adds Variety

With the many variations of textured walls, you can create different looks for various spaces. 


Grey comfortable armchair in cozy small library with plants with orange peel wall texture typeWhile murals, wall decals, and other decorative wall options require more tools and expertise than textured paint, textured paint requires fewer materials and labor, making it a more cost-effective option.

Furthermore, you can reduce the cost of your textured paint by selecting something less glossy and less expensive because when the paint is applied to provide texture, the gloss of the paint does not matter as much as the gloss of the base paints. 

Reduces Moisture Build-Up

Although paint is not waterproof, texture coating can help prevent mold and mildew growth in humid environments.

Water cannot enter your home through the texture coating from the outside, but moisture produced on the inside can escape as a vapor, allowing your home to breathe.

Fresh Look

Textured paint is a low-cost and straightforward way to update and redecorate your space. One advantage of using textured paint is that redecorating does not always necessitate redoing the paint job.

You can instantly add some freshness to your walls by simply adding or scraping off a layer (depending on the wall conditions).

Check our free design software guide to help you visualize your home designing projects.

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Written by Ellen - Architect, Design Consultant

Ellen Siloy is a passionate designer with a Bachelors in Architecture from Saint Louis University. She has extensive experience writing about interior design and green architecture projects. As an architect she is also skilled in the use of Revit, Skethup and CAD software. She is a certified LEED Green Associate and has worked as a LEED Coordinator for LEED Certification of Buildings.

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