Finishing Drywall: Four Different Textures

January 17, 2017 3:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Hanging drywall can be a tiresome and rigorous process if you have a lot of ground to cover. Fortunately, the right finishing texture can very easily make all of your hard work look beautiful! Choosing the right texture means considering the purpose of the areas you’re hanging drywall in, and it’s important to give this aspect of your project some forethought before you start the finishing process.

Let’s take a look at four of the most common types of finishing textures you can apply to your residential drywall installation in Blair, NE, and what effect they might have on the aesthetic of your space:

  1. Classic orange peel: This texture is aptly named because it resembles the bumpy, craterous skin of an orange. The texture offers a step up from a plain, flat surface and adds a small amount of dimension that can really complete a drywall installation when painted. This method involves spraying drywall mixture through an air-compressed hopper gun, which applies the mixture with varying air bubbles to create the textured effect. Depending on the amount of air compression and the distance of your spray, larger or smaller texture details can be created.
  2. Sand swirls: This texture resembles “rainbow arcs” on your walls that blend together to create a continuous pattern that adds a very noticeable aesthetic. To create sand swirls on your walls, you’ll need a special finishing brush that’s usually 6” to 8” wide, which is used to create the signature arcs for this texture. Perlite can also be used instead of drywall compound to add a more granular effect to the swirls, which increases their “pop” on your walls. In rooms without wall décor, sand swirls are a great way to liven up a residential drywall installation in Blair, NE.
  3. Crow’s feet: Named for its signature striations, this texture gives the impression of small crow footprints—also known as a “crackle effect” on your walls. Like the classic orange peel texture, the crow’s feet texture is really designed to be a simple step up from plain, barren walls. It’s applied by using a special dauber brush that, when pressed gently into the wall, creates striations at random to form the full crow’s feet effect.
  4. Classic texturing: While classic texturing is by far the simplest and most common drywall texturing method, it’s also the most basic in terms of visual appeal. For this texture, you can simply mix different grades of sand into your drywall finish to create a granular effect on the wall. It results in a surface that’s not quite smooth to the touch, yet not so textured as to draw much attention. If you’re looking for minimalism in your texture, this is the way to go.

Depending on how you plan to develop the aesthetic of a space, drywall texture can play a big factor. Consider one of the four textures above if you’re finishing drywall, to add flair or contour to your flat surfaces. Your choice in texture could have a profound effect on the atmosphere of the room! For more information, contact Hicks Drywall LLC today.

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