25 Types of Wall Texture that Dazzle with Dimension

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Textured walls are one of those things that have come in and out of style over the years. Some textured looks such as popcorn ceilings and orange peel walls you don't see often anymore, whereas Venetian walls are more popular than ever.

Depending on your personality, the style of your home, and your budget, you can really do some amazing things to your walls with different types of wall textures. Figuring out which option to go with though, now that's the hard part. We hope that with our help you can figure out just what types of wall texture will work for you.

1. Comb Texture

A fun type of wall texture to add to a feature wall in your home. This look is done using a toothed trowel that creates the small indents. Place the trowel and make half-circle shapes overlapping one another across the wall. This is a simple enough design that if you happen to make a mistake, it won't be hard to fix.

2. Popcorn Texture

This texture is more often seen on ceilings than on walls, but nevertheless, an interesting look. This extruded texture with popcorn-like lumps doesn't have the same popularity as it used to. I have also read that it is advised to remove the popcorn ceiling if it has been there since before 1980 because there is a chance it has asbestos. Stay safe!

3. Lace Texture

Using stencils or certain items when drywalling can create spectacular textures. This wall used vintage lace to add a delicate texture to an otherwise ordinary wall.

4. Venetian Plaster

This might be one of my favorite wall textures due to it's simple yet romantic appearance. Thin layers of plaster and marble dust are applied onto the wall and then are gently sanded and buffed down. The depths of the layers will still show while the wall itself has a smooth finish.

5. Monterrey Drag Texture

The Monterrey drag texture is applied by first spraying the drywall onto the surface, letting it dry, and then knocking off parts of it with a trowel. This is a really great wall texture when you want to hide damages or pre-existing flaws.

6. Bas Relief

One of the most stunning wall texture techniques still used today. Also, one of the most difficult to pull off. Bas Relief is a sculpture that is done with plaster and protrudes from the wall becoming a piece of art. The effect has a very regal and luxurious look when done right.

7. Architectural Panels

This texturized wall is completed using wood to frame panels on the wall. Afterward, the frames are painted the same color as the wall to blend it all together. I happen to adore this look since it has an old-timey feel yet is still modern and sleek.

8. Slate Wall Texture

Similar to the architectural paneling texture, this is created by adding wooden slates onto the wall and then painting them the matching color. It is a very modern and sleek way to add texture to any wall in your home.

9. Tuscan Wall Texture

Remember the Venetian texture we saw? Well, this is quite similar. The difference is that the Tuscan wall protrudes more whereas the Venetian is very smooth. Both are absolutely spectacular and have the ability to bring a lot of dimension and awe to your home.

10. Knockdown Texture

The knockdown texture technique has a couple of different methods of application. You could do a spray knockdown (like we already saw), a splash knockdown, or whatever technique you decide to begin with. Afterward, you knock down the excess plaster to create a more subtle appearance.

11. Right Angled Texture

Use a trowel that has a distinct right angle and add the plaster in layers, leaving the edges pronounced and thick. This is a cool geometric design that could turn an ordinary wall into something extraordinary.

12. Thick Layers Texture

Get out that trowel again and start slabbing on thick layers of plaster. You can really get creative with how you layer it and get some really cool looks that represent sand, waves, or tree bark. Explore with colors and gradients to really add an extra layer of artistic dimension.

13. Faux Brick Texture

I am in love! I have always adored brick walls inside, creating a cool industrial yet warm look. This idea takes faux brick panels and hides them behind coatings of plaster. The finished result makes it appear that there are only remnants of a pre-existing vintage brick wall.

14. Trowel Streaks

Rectangular shapes streaked onto the wall using a square trowel with tiny teeth for the grooves in between. This textured wall feels artistic, fun, and stylish at the same time. It adds a lot to the room in such a minimalistic way.

15. Tiled Texture

Using tiles to create texture is a really neat trick that will add a lot of dimension to your room. You can try different shapes but personally, I like the honeycomb hexagons. I love how they are a neutral color making them blend subtly into the wall.

16. Cardboard Application

A simple wall texture technique that you can try today! Cover your walls in your favorite colors of paint using a chunk of cardboard as the applicator. The finish is rustic and charming.

17. Subtle Texture

When looking at doing a textured wall, it doesn't have to be daunting. So many of the images out there show giant walls with gorgeous textures and it sure does seem like a lot of work. You can keep things simple while still getting that vintage textured look that you desire.

18. Scarred Texture

After your wall has been drywalled, don't just leave it. A thin layer of veneer plaster can go a long way to transforming your house into something magnificent. With a trowel, scoop a small amount of plaster and swipe diagonally, pushing the plaster to one edge of the trowel. Leave the straight line untouched and let it dry as a scar on the wall.

19. Faux Fabric Texture

How do you create a faux fabric wall? Actually, quite simply. Use a dry brush and pull it evenly through a wet glaze. The technique creates an effect like there is a weaving of fabric covering the wall. Have some fun and try experimenting with different colors and tints.

20. Shiplap Texture

Adding shiplap walls to a room creates a nice and classic texture without getting too artsy or abstract. It looks great in farmhouse-style living rooms, nautical-themed bedrooms, or in a quaint and stylish bathroom. Easy to install and adds dimension.

21. Faux Denim Texture

Ohhh now this is cool! The technique is going to be similar to the faux fabric we just learned about but there are a couple of really important steps to get the denim look. First of all, that denim blue paint is a must! Secondly, we aren't only going to drag the brush vertically, but horizontally as well.

22. Textured Wallpaper

If you want something a little more straightforward, you could always opt-out for textured wallpaper. There are a ton on the market and it's a nice way to make sure you get exactly what you're looking for with less of the hassle. A lot of the time you can't even tell it's wallpaper unless you walk right up close.

23. Striped Texture

Thick vertical lines creating 3-dimensional stripes down a natural-looking wall. A truly creative idea for exploring with materials and techniques to create something totally unique in your home.

24. Hawk and Trowel Texture

Like a muddy floor with gradients of swirls and lumps, the hawk and trowel technique creates a lot of dimension on a wall. This is done using two tools, and I'm sure you've already guessed what they are… The hawk, and the trowel! It takes a good amount of technique and skill to get it done well but is a satisfying feeling when you succeed.

25. Orange Peel Texture

A little bit outdated but the orange peel wall (or ceiling) is a classic in drywall texture. Most of the articles you find on orange peel textures are explaining how you can remove them or cover them up. However, if you've got a vision and this type of textured wall helps you get there, I say go for it!