One of the most challenging jobs in decorating homes is choosing the best drywall finish or texture for ceilings. It’s because when deciding what type of texture to use for a new house or renovation project, there are a lot of options to choose from. Also, to texture or not to texture a ceiling could also be a tough choice. But texturing a ceiling is probably much cheaper compared to installing beadboard, but it’s not very easy to do.
If you want to texture your ceiling but you haven’t decided yet about which ceiling texture you should choose, we are here to help you. Here are the different types of ceiling textures and drywall options you can choose from. These options are not just for ceilings because they are also applicable to walls.
1. Sheetrock Ceiling Texture
This is drywall ceiling texture type has been famous since 1917. It is a rough texture that can give an artistic look to your ceiling. Instead of using spray paint, this texture can be achieved by using a hand technique without any special brushes. It can go well into any kind of room whether it is designed in modern style with elegant wallpaper or filled with wooden furniture just like a farmhouse style room.
2. Crows Foot Ceiling Texture
You will need a stipple brush to be able to make the crows foot ceiling texture. This texture is usually a two-man job because it needs someone to apply the stipple brush pattern while the other one applies the mud in the other sections. This can be a messy project, so make sure that you cover the room with plastic.
3. Stipple Brush Ceiling Texture
This ceiling texture requires more skill because it can be quite challenging. You can create this texture by using a roller and slap brush. It is not a smooth type of texture, therefore, you can use it to cover imperfections on your ceilings such as holes, giving more attention to the texture. However, this type of texture is pretty thick and if you’re not skilled enough, it might get a little messy.
4. Swirl Ceiling Texture
To create this ceiling texture, you can use either a roller or sprayer. You can also do a technique called basic swirl method by using a trowel. This ceiling texture requires a lot of patience and the swirls will depend on the tool you will be using. The challenging part of applying this texture is that you need to create the pattern before the mud dries out. If you have a wide ceiling surface, you might want to get a hand from another person.
5. Hawk and Trowel Ceiling Texture
As the name suggests, you will need a hawk and trowel to achieve this ceiling texture. It is also a drywall ceiling texture that is not smooth. It can give your ceiling a dramatic impact. This texture is simple to create and it also does not require a high amount of skill, unlike the other previous ceiling textures.
6. Orange Peel Ceiling Texture
This ceiling texture is called orange peel because it resembles an orange skin but sometimes it is also called an eggshell ceiling texture. To create this texture, you will need to apply thin mud to the ceiling by using a spray gun set at high pressure. This is a great ceiling texture that can add a more artistic ambiance to a room.
7. Smooth Ceiling Texture
This texture is most people’s favorite because it’s cheaper and it does not require a high skill. Aside from that, it can also give a consistent look to your room compared to other textures. A smooth ceiling texture is also easier to remove if ever you will do some renovations and it is pretty easy to apply as well. This ceiling texture is also great for any room in any style. If you like a simple and minimalist ceiling finish, then this texture is great for you.
8. Stomp Ceiling Texture
Stomp ceiling texture is applied by using a roller and a stomp brush. To achieve the right texture, you will need a drywall joint compound thinned to a paintable consistency with water. Make sure to cover your room with plastic before applying the compound because making this texture is messy.
9. Tree Bark Ceiling Texture
This ceiling texture resembles the tree bark look. It can be created by using a heavy roller. This is a simple but artistic texture that can draw attention more to your ceiling. If your home has a farmhouse style, this can be a perfect texture for your home.
10. Skip Trowel Ceiling Texture
This drywall finish is probably the most known among the other types of textures. It is used as a plaster and plasterer’s tool to produce the texture. You can apply this ceiling texture by hand using a trowel. Dip it in joint compound then drag it gently across the ceiling. The compound will cover most of the surface but not the entire area, resulting in small circles.
11. Santa Fe Ceiling Texture
The Santa Fe ceiling texture belongs to drywall ceiling texture. This texture is similar to skip trowel but it covers more surface. Remember that if the coverage is less than sixty percent of the ceiling, then that is a skip trowel texture, but if it is more than that, it is Santa Fe ceiling texture.
12. Slap Brush Ceiling Texture
This is a very artistic type of ceiling texture but it is not easy to apply as well. To achieve this texture, you will need a brush with very stiff bristles and thin mud. The first step is to cover your ceiling with mud using a roller. After that, use the brush to slap the ceiling from the edge of the ceiling. This is challenging because if you don’t get it right, your ceiling might end up looking messy.
13. Popcorn Ceiling Texture
This ceiling texture is also known as “cottage cheese” texture or “acoustic” ceiling texture. This is probably one of the most famous ceiling textures. This ceiling texture resembles popcorn. To achieve its looks, you will need a sprayer to apply it. It contains mud and Styrofoam to create the puffy effect. This ceiling texture is quite difficult to apply and to remove as well. If you want to have this ceiling texture in your home, it’s better to hire a professional, to prevent creating a mess on your floor as well.
14. Light Popcorn Ceiling Texture
If you want the popcorn ceiling texture but it seems like it’s too much for your home, then you can try the light popcorn ceiling texture. It is still a popcorn ceiling but much lighter. It is not too eye striking but it looks elegant. It is perfect for homes and rooms that are painted in a light color.
15. Knockdown Ceiling Texture
This type of ceiling and drywall texture can be applied by using a joint compound watered down to a light consistency. You need a tool called a knockdown to apply this texture. If you do not have that tool, you can also use a trowel but that will be more challenging. It will result in little circles as its texture which looks really artistic.
16. Skim Coat Ceiling Texture
This is another type of smooth ceiling texture. It can cover your ceiling perfectly after texture removal. If a popcorn ceiling texture is too difficult for you, try this style and it can go well in any room despite the style.
17. Spray Sand Ceiling Texture
This ceiling texture is a bit similar to orange peel texture. Aside from adding an artistic touch to your ceiling, it can also help hide your ceiling’s imperfections. To create this texture, you will need a bag of sand texture that is mixed with cold water the night before the application. It is in fact pretty easy to install.
18. Fish Scale Ceiling Texture
The fish scale ceiling texture is something that will make your ceiling look amazing and draw the attention of people to it. It will definitely add an artistic touch to any room in your home. However, this texture is quite tough to apply and you will probably need to hire a professional to do the job. But the result is definitely worth the effort.
19. Lace Ceiling Texture
The lace ceiling texture is probably the most beautiful ceiling texture you can get, but also the most difficult to create. There are a lot of tools you need for this ceiling texture such as a drywall knife, spatter gun, and many others. Though it requires superb skills to be able to achieve the texture, the result will be astonishing and it will definitely draw people’s attention to your ceiling.
20. Rosebud Ceiling Texture
This is a popular ceiling texture and it is also easy to apply. The important thing to remember when creating a rosebud ceiling texture is to apply only a thin layer of mud. Then you will need a stomp brush or airless paint sprayer to achieve the look. This ceiling texture will match a room with smooth walls perfectly.
These are the different types of ceiling textures and drywall options you can choose from. Remember that when choosing a ceiling and wall texture, make sure that you consider which type will work best with your room style. Having a textured ceiling and wall can definitely add a nice touch of style to the design of a room. However, textures that are too thick or attention-grabbing can overwhelm the other design features of a room, therefore, be careful not to use overly thick textures.