5 Types of Drywall Finishes and Textures

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Choosing among the many drywall finishes can be difficult at first. However, once you make your choice, you would be amazed at how much you can do to makeover a room. When people think of drywall, they think "boring." If that's your thinking, the following five types of drywall finishes and textures will change your mind.

1. Skip Trowel

A skip trowel is a popular drywall finish that uses a textured plaster to create the final look. It's sometimes confused with the knockdown texture (described below). This should be attempted by someone who has experience with drywall finishes and textures because you have to use a trowel to create the finish, and it can be difficult.

2. Knockdown

This takes more work than many of the other textures because you have to prime and paint it. It also tends to be more expensive than the other drywall finishes. The textured wall is "bumpy" when finished, with unique shapes that are raised from the walls. Some types of knockdowns to try are California Knockdown, Slapbrush Knockdown, and Drywall Knockdown.

3. Swirl

Swirl is an excellent choice for a drywall finish if you prefer a smooth looking wall to the rough and "bumpy" appearance of some of the other drywall finishes. There are a few types of "swirls" to choose from, such as Sand Swirl and Perlite Swirl. It works simply; all you have to do is use a trowel to create swirls. Move your hand around in short, swirl motions over the entire wall.

4. Lace

Sometimes called "spanish lace," this finish requires more work, patience, and skill than some of the others. Use a bristled brush to pat the drywall. Finish it by smashing the points you created by the brush after the wall dries. Once you're finished, your wall should have a pattern that imitates lace cloth patterns.

5. Spray Sand

If you're on a budget and need to keep your costs down, Spray Sand is one choice to explore for a drywall finish. It's a cheaper way to finish the drywall, requiring only one coat of paint to be applied to the texture. Like the name suggests, the finished wall looks like sand, creating tiny bumps on the wall. It doesn't look cheap, either. With the right coat of paint, your finished walls can look like any one of the more expensive textures.

The type of drywall finish and texture you select depends on the room and its decor. Take into account your use of the room, who will see it, and whether you want to paint it to determine which one will work best for your preference. Installing and finishing drywall is not an easy task, and you may need to hire a professional to help you at some point during the process. It's better to figure out sooner rather than later, so that you don't make costly mistakes.