The Ultimate Guide to Textured Paint For Homeowners

CEO Khai Intela
So, you're thinking about using textured paint for your next interior paint project. Great choice! This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know to choose the perfect textured paint for your...

So, you're thinking about using textured paint for your next interior paint project. Great choice! This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know to choose the perfect textured paint for your home's interior. With a variety of options available, you can add dimension and character to your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. Let's dive in and become interior painting experts together!

Types of Textured Paint

Textured paint is a popular choice among homeowners who want to add a unique look or hide imperfections on their walls. Here are some of the different types of textured paint and finishes you can consider for creating wall texture in your home:

Smooth Textured Paint

Smooth textured paint offers a subtle texture that adds a tactile quality to your walls. It's not as pronounced as other textures, but it still adds dimension.

Sand Texture Paint

Sand texture paint contains silica sand particles, which create a rough, gritty texture on your walls. It's perfect for achieving a rustic look and can be applied with a thick nap roller or brush.

Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster creates a polished, multi-layered appearance that resembles marble. It's perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your walls and is applied using a stainless steel trowel.

Popcorn Texture

Popcorn texture is a thick texture commonly used on ceilings to create a bumpy, stippled appearance. It's applied using a specific popcorn texture spray gun.

Knockdown Texture

Knockdown texture is sprayed onto the walls or ceiling and then smoothed down with a trowel, creating a unique texture with peaks and valleys.

Orange Peel Texture

Orange peel texture creates a slightly bumpy and textured surface similar to the skin of an orange. It's achieved by spraying a mix of drywall compound and water onto the wall.

Brushed-On Texture

Brushed-on texture is created using a brush to create various patterns on the wall, such as stippled, brushed, or swirled designs.

Roll-On Texture

Roll-on textures are thick paints applied with a roller, allowing you to create various patterns and textures.

Fabric and Fiber Textures

Fabric and fiber textures contain fibers that give the appearance of fabric or rough canvas when applied to walls. They are generally applied with a brush or roller.

Stone or Granite Finish

Stone or granite finish paints contain small particles that give your walls the appearance of stone or granite. They can be applied with a roller or brush.

Stipple Finish

Stipple finish is achieved by applying paint or drywall compound and then using a stippling brush or sponge to create a dotted texture on the surface.

Combed Texture

Combed texture is created using combs, brushes, or special tools to make patterns in wet paint, resulting in a rhythmic pattern on the wall.

Suede Finish

Suede finish provides a soft, matte look resembling suede fabric. It requires a specialized paint and application method, mimicking the soft, multi-tonal appearance of suede.

How to Choose the Right Textured Paint For Your Home

Now that we've explored the different types of textured paints available, let's discuss how to choose the right one for your home. Consider the following factors:

Purpose of the Texture

Consider the aesthetic appeal and the desire to hide imperfections on your walls. Certain textures can enhance the ambiance of a room or create a focal point.

Room Usage

For high-traffic areas or rooms with high humidity, choose textures that are durable and easy to clean.

Type of Texture

Different textures add various dimensions and visual interest to a room. Sand and stone textures are great for rustic or coastal designs, while Venetian plaster offers a polished, luxe feel.

Application Method

Consider your skill level and the tools you have available. Some textures require special tools for application, while others can be applied with a roller or brush.

Maintenance and Durability

Consider the ease of cleaning and the durability of the texture, especially if you have pets or young children.

Lighting in the Room

Take into account how the texture will interact with light. Deep textures can create shadows and make a room feel smaller, while a well-lit room can highlight the texture's depth.

Paint Color

The color of the paint can impact how the texture is perceived. Light colors highlight the surface, while darker colors may downplay it. Test paint samples on small patches of the wall to see how they interact with the texture.


Consider your budget when selecting textured paints, as some specialty finishes can be pricier than others.

Environmental and Health Concerns

If you're concerned about indoor air quality, opt for paints with low or zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).


When in doubt, consult with professional painters who can provide insights tailored to your specific needs.

By considering these factors, you'll be able to choose the textured paint that aligns with your aesthetic preferences, functional needs, and the character of the room. Remember to test a small area first before committing to an entire wall or room.

Preparing Your Walls for Textured Paints

Now that you've chosen the perfect textured paint, it's time to prepare your walls. Proper preparation is key to achieving the desired texture and ensuring its durability. Follow these steps:

Clear the Area

Remove furniture or move it to the center of the room. Lay down drop cloths to protect your floors and furniture from dust and paint splatters.

Remove Old Wall Coverings

If the wall has wallpaper, remove it using a wallpaper steamer or solution.

Clean the Walls

Dust the walls and wash them with a mixture of mild dish soap and water to remove dirt, grease, and other contaminants. Rinse with clean water and allow the walls to dry completely.

Repair Damages

Fill any holes or cracks with spackling paste or wall joint compound. Allow the filler to dry and then sand the repaired areas for a smooth finish.

Dust and Clean Again

Vacuum the walls to remove dust and wipe them down with a damp cloth.

Prime the Walls

Apply a coat of primer to the entire wall using a good quality product. Tinted primers can be beneficial for dark textured paints. Allow the primer to dry completely.

Tape Off Areas

Mask off trim, baseboards, outlets, switches, or any areas you don't want to be textured using painter's tape.

Review and Final Touches

Inspect the wall for any missed damages or areas that need more sanding. Ensure proper ventilation before applying textured paint.

With your wall properly prepped, you're ready to apply the textured paint of your choice. Remember, good preparation is key to achieving a great textured finish.

Trust Pizzazz for Textured Wall Prep and Textured Paint Application

If you prefer to leave the texturing to professionals, trust Pizzazz to paint the home of your dreams. Contact us today and let us transform your home with our expertise in textured paint application.

[Image: A man using a sprayer to paint a textured interior wall] Caption: Professional painters can achieve flawless textured finishes with specialized tools.

[Image: Different color paint swatches on a white wall.] Caption: Test paint samples on your walls to see how they interact with the texture and lighting.

[Image: A woman putting painter's tape on molding] Caption: Protect trim and areas you don't want to be textured by using painter's tape.

[Image: Torn wallpaper coming off of a wall] Caption: Remove any old wall coverings before applying textured paint for a smooth finish.

[Image: A person using a roller to paint a wall white.] Caption: Textured paint can add dimension and character to your walls.

Pizzazz Painting has been helping Southern New Jersey residents achieve their dream homes for 25 years. If you need assistance painting your home's interior or exterior with textured paint, don't hesitate to contact us today for professional and reliable service.