TYPES OF DRYWALL TEXTURE FINISHES
Whether you prefer “Old World Tuscan” or “Santa Fe”, the type and style of your drywall texture will greatly affect the look and the feel of your home. To create an even more unique and stunning look, try a combination of drywall texture and a painted faux finish. In determining which of the many styles will work best with your interior, consider the architecture of your home. And don’t forget about the interior design of the room in question. Some textures are thick with deep crevices and high sweeping peaks. Dramatic yes, easy to maintain, not so much. Those very interesting crevices and niches will catch dust particles that are floating around in the air. In addition, these types of drywall texture finishes look great in large, rustic rooms with high ceilings and focal points like wooden beams or fireplaces with tall chimneys. Some examples of this type of finish would be “Old World Tuscan”, “Spanish Trowel” or “Heavy Hawk and Trowel” textures.
Be aware these terms vary greatly across the country.
What is known as “Slapbrush Knockdown” in some parts of the country may be known as “Tiger Skin” or even “Panda Paw Knockdown” in other areas. It is always important to have sample boards made. Both you and drywall installer need to make sure you are both talking about the same finish and style. The person you hire may be more of an artist than installer. Consequently, it may ensure that you like the end result.
“Santa Fe”, “Splat Knockdown”, “Thin Hawk & Trowel”, “Stomp” and “Orange Peel” are examples of other textures. These tend to be thinner with more subtle differences in depth and height. They look especially well in a country or southwestern style home that has low ceiling heights. The lower profile textures create the look of gentle shadows and bright spots in irregular patterns skipping across the ceiling.
HOW TEXTURE CAN BE APPLIED TO WALLS OR CEILINGS
Some textures are applied to the walls or ceiling using thinned drywall compound and a hopper gun. This devise allows the user to cover a good bit of square footage quickly. For that reason, it is extremely popular with home builders, not always with home owners! Examples of sprayed on textures are Splatter Knockdown”, “Orange Peel” and the dreaded “Popcorn” finish.
Brushes are used to create interesting patterns in the drywall compound. “Slapbrush” texture is smoothed with a trowel like knockdown textures, but the initial pattern is created by slapping the wall with a variety of soft-bristled brushes, such as square, round, double-headed, or single-headed brushes, loaded with a thinned joint compound. Other types of textures like “Stomp & Swirl” require drawing patterns like circles or arches into a layer of rolled on joint compound with a brush. The stiffness of the bristles determines the depth and sharpness of the ridges in the compound. In order to accomplish this style, you must sand the walls smooth first, to remove any imperfections.
Knife textures require applying a thick coat of undiluted joint compound, then sliding the knife in different directions to create small ridges. Examples of knife textures include “Spanish Knife” and “Drywall Knife”.
Knockdown finishes are an excellent option for covering dings and dents in walls. Trowels, sponges, brooms and other tools can be used to flatten the surface in different places to create different looks.
How can we help with your next project?
There are many types of drywall texture finishes that you may choose to incorporate into your next home remodeling project.
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