Trending Wall Textures 

November 11, 2022

Do you love the colors on your walls but feel like they are lacking something to take them to the next level? Your inspiration may come by adding texture to the walls! Textures can be bold or subdued depending upon the look you desire in your space. 

While it’s true that a new coat of paint can transform any space, the addition of a texture to that wall can take your paint project up a notch whether you choose to use the texture on the entire space or just on an accent wall. 

Let’s explore some textures for both your walls and ceilings that are currently available and will make your home a space to be proud of. 

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The Comb 

This texture looks exactly as it is named. It appears as though a comb has been raked through a compound mixture on the drywall. This very sleek texture can be used to make straight lines or spun in a circle to make a rainbow design or half-circle pattern. 


Over the years, homeowners have experienced a love-hate relationship with the popcorn texture. 

First gaining popularity on ceilings in the 1970s, this texture has cycled through trending and then losing appeal. One advantage of popcorn ceilings or walls is that it is exceptionally good at hiding flaws in the walls whether it is unevenness, cracks, or dips. 

Sand Swirl 

This texture treatment is a little less “in your face” pattern and can blend nicely into a room without taking all the attention. Sand Swirl gives a room just enough character without overpowering the space with texture. Using perlite, which is primer mixed with sand, the walls can take on a very tactile appearance.  

Swirls appear as your brush (dipped in perlite) makes sweeping patterns as you swish it onto your walls. 

orange peel texture

Orange Peel 

One of the more common textures used in homes, this technique appears to imitate the look of an orange peel. A spray technique or roller with a thick nap can be used to create this one-of-a-kind look. 

Venetian Patterns 

This wall texture is usually applied by professionals or homeowners who have extensive experience applying textures to walls as this one is a bit more complex. 

Venetian drywall texture type involves mixing marble dust and the application of thin layers of a special kind of plaster. This patterning technique relies on older texturing methods to create a polished and elegant look. The Venetian finish needs some special skills but modern materials can make it easier to make up for that.

For more examples of other wall or ceiling textures check out Bob Villa’s 7 Types of Wall Texture and the Techniques Behind Them. 

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