How to Add Texture to Your Walls
While flat walls may seem more appealing for minimalist designs, textured walls offer several advantages for homeowners. These include providing more of an imposing appearance and adding accent to their home; in addition, these surfaces
While flat walls may seem more appealing for minimalist designs, textured walls offer several advantages for homeowners. These include providing more of an imposing appearance and adding accent to their home; in addition, these surfaces seem to trap dust better than smooth ones.
Finding the appropriate wall texture is vitally important to any home’s success, and this article will introduce several of the most popular varieties and their benefits.
1. It hides flaws
There are various ways you can transform the walls in your home, from painting them a vibrant hue or installing eye-catching wallpaper, but an easier and more cost-effective option would be adding texture to them. Texture adds visual interest while simultaneously concealing flaws in drywall – and there are numerous textures to choose from, from sand finishes to Venetian plasters so you’re sure to find one perfect for you!
People often believe textured walls are out-of-style, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With the proper type of texture applied correctly and modern decor in mind, textured walls can look just as modern as smooth walls when styled correctly. Applying it requires precise technique; otherwise you risk an uneven or less than attractive finish surface.
Textured walls can help conceal flaws in your drywall, including nail holes, dents and fractures that would be more obvious on a smooth surface. By opting for a textured finish on your walls instead, textured finishes can effectively mask these issues to make them appear like professional work has been completed.
Textured walls offer another advantage when it comes to painting: easier coverage and covering of drips or runs from paint. However, these surfaces can be more challenging to repair should damage occur than smooth surfaces.
If you want to add rustic charm to your home, a skip trowel can help create the desired rustic effect. This method uses joint compound to create raised textures similar to stucco finishes and is relatively straightforward – though be mindful to select appropriate joint compound! Otherwise, walls won’t turn out right!
Knockdown textures are another popular form of wall texture, created using a skim coat of joint compound over existing drywall. This style creates an antique or rustic aesthetic, as the plaster-like finish pairs well with classic or rustic homes. However, repair of knockdown textures may prove more challenging.
2. It adds to the ambience
Walls may seem like minor details in a room, but they play a pivotal role in your home’s overall aesthetic. From revamping living rooms and bedrooms to creating brand new ones altogether, adding texture to walls can help achieve the look you’re after – with so many textures available it should be easy to find something suitable. Here are a few ways you can add texture:
Textured walls are an effective way to hide imperfections such as cracks or dents in drywall. When remodeling or moving into a new place, textured walls provide a quick and affordable way of giving any room or area in your house a refreshed appearance without the hassle of new drywall installations. Textured walls make for quick updates in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens alike!
Builders typically used wall textures to cover flaws or imperfections in buildings or add visual interest to builder-grade homes, but more recently these textures have become increasingly popular among homeowners looking to personalize their living spaces. Though textured walls may be harder to clean than smooth ones, they still make for great visual interest and hide dirt better, which can be great benefit for busy households.
To give your textured walls more modern appeal, try using matte paint in earthy tones with matte sheen for a more contemporary appearance. Wood paneling adds rustic charm that completes your living space’s decor.
Use of the trowel method can also add texture to walls in an eye-catching way, creating more dramatic effects and being used in multiple ways – including as kitchen backsplash. Another great advantage of this technique is that it is highly customizable allowing you to choose exactly the style and depth of texture to meet the needs of your home.
3. It increases the value of your property
Though smooth walls have long been the norm in contemporary homes, textured walls are experiencing a revival. Not only do they provide additional comfort and warmth in rooms but drywall texture is easy to maintain while covering minor blemishes as well as increasing property values when considering reselling your property.
Wall texture may seem like an insignificant detail, but it can make a major impactful statement about your home interior. Drywall textures range from ultra-smooth to heavily textured and many variations between. Your budget and personal taste should ultimately dictate which texture option best meets them both; but if you need help selecting one of them here are some popular ones that might interest you:
Level 2 Wall Texture A level two wall texture is more tailored for Southwestern or Mission-style homes. Reminiscent of rough plaster and stucco, it creates depth in any space while hiding imperfections better than Level 3 textures while being simpler to paint over. Monterey drag and California drag are both examples of this texture type.
Textured walls offer many benefits, yet you should keep their potential drawbacks in mind when installing or having them textured. First and foremost, repairs may be more expensive compared to smooth ones and they may attract insects and dust more readily than smooth walls do. Finally, make sure you hire an experienced contractor when having them textured.
Wall texture provides another important advantage to homes: It reduces the risk of cracks and dents, making it suitable for high traffic areas in your home and protecting it against sound transference damages. Additionally, this feature of drywall texture makes your home safer from potential hazards by protecting it against noise transference damage.
Once a staple in modern homes, drywall texture has made a comeback in modern homes. It adds warmth and character to your space while even hiding minor blemishes. Furthermore, it’s easier to maintain and clean than smooth walls; furthermore it protects against pests and insects and saves energy costs by limiting heat transfer through walls.
4. It is easy to maintain
Textured walls add visual interest and can conceal any imperfections on drywall surfaces, as well as being an effective way of hiding imperfections in walls. Unfortunately, however, they can be challenging to keep clean; painting them requires special techniques, they tend to attract dirt more readily than smooth surfaces, and cleaning may cost more. While texturing your walls adds visual interest to your home, it is wise to carefully consider all potential benefits and drawbacks before making a decision about textured wall textures.
Comb wall texture is a well-known and timeless technique, creating lines and shapes in the drywall compound that resemble hair comb marks. This technique can be used to conceal flaws like dents, gauges, or any other flaws on walls; or to give smooth walls an interesting and unique aesthetic.
Orange peel wall textures are another popular wall texture choice, featuring soft waves that create an inconspicuous light-and-shadow effect. This type of wall texture works especially well in rooms receiving ample sunlight. Unfortunately, however, its cracks and grooves tend to trap dirt quickly requiring ongoing upkeep efforts to stay looking their best.
Before painting walls, it’s essential to take special care with textured surfaces. A pump sprayer and water can help dampen down the texture, which will enable easier peeling off. Please protect furniture with plastic drop cloths while working with this solution, wearing gloves and face mask.
Once the surface is damp, use a wide brush to use remove any loose bits of texture with ease. Repeat this step several times until your texture looks as smooth as possible before applying a coat of primer and waiting for it to dry before beginning painting.
Interested in giving your walls a textured finish? Reach out to Northside Construction Services right away – our skilled painters are on hand to offer advice on which option best meets your needs and preferences.