5 Type Of Drywall Texture For Your House’s Aesthetic Look

In this article, we will be talking about the different type of drywall texture and some of the methods used in the application of the said drywall.

Building or renovating your house can be a hard and time-consuming task. It requires a lot of planning and idea to create your dream home. Choosing the different parts and aspects of your new or remodeled home can also be a hard task with a lot of choices and opinions. But one thing that people do not associate with a lot of variety or options is the type of drywall texture or finish to use on their walls. 


Broadly speaking, there are 5 different type of drywall texture or finishes that one can choose from. We can be further divide them into 2 different groups based on the method of application.

Let’s have a quick look at the types of drywall texture based on their method of application.

Type of drywall texture based on their method of application

Drywall textures that can be applied by hand

The textures created by hands of a skilled and experienced craftsman are virtually limitless. Drywall textures are designed with the help of a pan and knife or a hawk and trowel. There are special brushes that are designed to create a special swirl or stomp patterns on the drywall.

Sometimes, drywall mud is applied on the surface of the wall using a high power paint spray or a paint roller. The patterns are created in the drywall mud with the help of brushes, roller or with a knife based on your requirements.

The texture created using this method can vary greatly depending on the skill and technique of the craftsmen. The results produced by 2 different craftsmen can vary greatly, even when they use the same technique.

Drywall textures that can be spray applied

The second technique when it comes to the application of drywall textures makes use of an electric or gas powered sprayer. It is possible to find drywall texture sprays in varying sizes, shapes and brands. They mostly consist of a hopper. The texture material is passed through the hopper along a long hose with the help of an air compressor.

Smaller machines may have diaphragm pump on the texture pump, which is powered with the help of compressed air or by other methods. Jobs that require the application of more materials over a greater distance can be achieved with the help of an internal combustion engine. This can be used to produce high-quality drywall texture works.

In this machine, the drywall mud is pumped through the hose that can be controlled with the help of a trigger. The texture mud and the compressed mud meet at the spray gun and are sprayed on the wall to create a texture. The drywall texture can be controlled or altered by changing the size and shape of the spray gun that is used. The amount of compressed air used can also have an effect on the texture.

Type Of Drywall Texture On The Basis Of Their Finish

Skip Trowel

This is a popular method in drywall finish in which a textured plaster is used to create a special look on your drywall. Sometimes it can be confused with the knockdown texture.

It is a hard method to apply and requires the help of an experienced and skilled craftsman. It requires the use of a trowel to design and therefore, one should choose a skilled professional for this texture.


This is one of the techniques that require a lot of effort as it requires you to prime and paint the wall before application. It is more expensive to apply when compared to the other finishes.

The drywall texture is made up of unique shapes that emerge from the wall. These unique shapes give the drywall a special bumpy finish when applied. There are many different types of knockdown textures like the California Knockdown, Slapbrush Knockdown and the likes to choose from.


If you are looking for a smooth looking finish rather than a rough and bumpy one, this is the texture you should choose. The swirls are created with the help of short swirl motions with the help of a trowel. Use this technique to cover the entire wall and make the wall of your dreams.


This is one of the methods that require a lot of time, effort and skill to apply when compared to the textures and finishes. Pat the drywall with the help of a bristled brush and finish the look by smashing the points that you want to create when the wall dries. The product that you will end up with is a wall that looks like a lace pattern.

Spray Sand

If you are looking for a technique that is cost efficient, the Spray Sand is the way to go. It is a cheaper drywall texture which requires only a coat of paint to be applied. The drywall has the appearance and touch of sand, with small bumps in the wall. With the right coat of paint, you can give your drywall an expensive and exotic look.

Applying and installing the drywall texture can be a long and time-consuming process. You might require the help of a professional when it comes to applying the drywall texture as it can be a long and tiring task.

Your Turn

There are also many factors that you should take into account when choosing the drywall finish for your walls. The perfect finish of your wall is dependent on the function of the room and its décor.

When it comes to drywall finishes, there is no one-fit-solution for all. The preferences tend to vary greatly from people to people. Get a drywall screw gun, with some help and idea, you can choose the finish that looks the best for your room. The correct drywall finish can make a lot of difference on how the room looks.

​I hope that this article has helped you get a more detailed and better idea about the different type of drywall texture and the methods that are used to create the finish. If you have any more queries or doubts about the topic, then feel free to contact us through our comment section. Also, share the article so that more people may find it helpful.

Abigail Jones

Hi, I'm Abigail. I like spending time tearing my house apart and putting it together back again. Join me on home improvement tutorials, tips on my blog.

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