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Drywall Textures

In the wake of COVID-19, building and renovating is the new popular activity—whether you’re doing repairs on an existing project or building a new development, it’s important to take the time to figure out what products are right for you and the application you need them for.

Just like there are different types of drywall, there are also limitless drywall  textures to choose from: besides hand or spray, options include skip trowel, knockdown, swirl, lace, spray sand, and more. Customize your project with the right drywall texture to meet your choice of aesthetic and design.


Drywall textures can be applied through hand or spray—when it comes to deciding between the two, there are certainly pros and cons to each that can help with your decision.

Texturing by Hand

Drywall textures applied by hand offer so many options to choose from—to get the texture of your choice, it’s best to look for an experienced drywall craftsman. The following tools are used for texturing drywall by hand:

  • Pan,
  • Knife,
  • Hawk
  • Trowel,
  • Drywall mud, and
  • Paint roller.

These tools all help create your preferred texture—you can even find special brushes and stamped paint rollers to help achieve swirl or stomp patterns. Since these patterns are done by hand, the pattern you get varies by each professional’s skill and technique.

Texturing by Spray

The next kind of drywall texturing is texturing by spray, an application that is easier than doing so by hand but in turn offers less options and flexibility. Texturing with spray is a technique done with the use of a power sprayer, a tool you can find at your local drywall store in different brands, sizes, and shapes.

A sprayer works like this: the drywall texture passes through the hopper and hose from an air compressor, which then sprays the texture onto the walls. You can also find smaller spray machines with a pump for drywall texturing and mud, changing the size and shape of the spray gun for different textures.


Now it’s time for the fun part: choosing your drywall texture! There are many drywall textures to choose from, especially if you texture by hand. A few of the most popular drywall textures include skip trowel, knockdown, spray sand, orange peel, and smooth.

Skip Trowel

This texture is commonly used in the building world, a finish similar to knockdown texture accomplished by texture plaster and a trowel. Since this pattern is so specific as far as technique and pattern, it’s best to have a skilled professional tackle this one to ensure a consistent and clean texture.


Knockdown texture is another go-to for drywall, although it is a little more work since it requires priming beforehand. This texture is created from unique shapes emerging from a wall, resulting in a slight bumpy pattern. Within the knockdown family there are a range of texture types to choose from such as California, slapbrush, and more depending on your design tastes.

Spray Sand

Although this type of texture is fading in popularity for walls, it is still widely used for ceiling applications. Spray sand is perhaps the most cost-effective texturing option since it only requires one coat. This texture mimics the appearance and texture of sand with small bumps, giving a more exotic look. However, applying spray sand is very time-consuming.

Orange Peel

Orange peel is always a crowd favorite—this texture is easy to apply is a long-used classic style. Just like the name says, orange peel texture mimics the look and feel of the peel of citrus fruit. Orange peel drywall texture is often used in residential areas like a study, bedroom, game room, or office. For a DIY-er, orange peel texture is a relatively simple process if you have the right tools.


Smooth drywall texture is quickly coming into style for modern homes and offices. Just like the name states, smooth texture is just that: smooth and texture-less. Since this look doesn’t really require any texturing, it’s an easy task—you don’t need to cover it with texture, it’s easy to patch, and it’s a cheaper option, but it does come with the risk of easily-seen imperfections.

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When it comes to texturing drywall, the sky really is the limit—there is a wide variety of textures to choose from when perfecting a certain “look” or aesthetic. Although you can do this project yourself, some textures do require more skill that you can only get with an experienced professional.

At Jenkins Drywall & Insulation, we carry an extensive inventory of drywall and drywall-related products to complete your texturing project with ease. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today or stop by our on-site showroom to speak with one of our drywall texture experts.