How to apply textures to walls

apply textures to walls

Nowadays, textured walls are on the rise, especially at this time that we are experiencing, where staying at home has been paramount, people have been seeking to make their environments even cozier.

The application of textures on the walls is the ideal solution for this situation, as in addition to their captivating aesthetics, textures are able to integrate different types of architectural styles, as long as they are in harmony with the rest of the decoration.

With its easy execution and low cost-benefit ratio, it has become the most sought-after technique when the goal is to redesign the home. Now that you know where to start changing the look of your environments, how about knowing a little more about the types of textures before getting your hands dirty?

Living room with textured wall.Main types of wall textures

Textures are responsible for causing groove effects on surfaces and providing different types of sensations. They are considered easy to be applied and most of the time, they only need one hand, which consequently makes them have a good performance.

Wall texture – roughcast effect: This method is preferred when it comes to facades and areas where there are gardens, however, this does not mean that it cannot be used indoors, quite the contrary. To achieve the desired effect, the ideal is to use finely granulated masses and textured paint rollers that can be found in different patterns.

Textured wall.

Wall texture – decorative gel effect: The secret of this effect lies in a gel that is able to simulate different types of textures, such as brushed steel, jeans, straw, and even wood. For the faithful reproduction of this effect, it is extremely important to apply it using a specific roller it.

Room with textured decor.

Wall texture – grafiato effect: The grafiato effect, lately has been the most sought after and has become the ”darling” of those who love the universe of decoration. It reproduces the feeling of grooves with the help of spatulas. Furthermore, it is ideal for the use of textured coatings with quartz granules and mineral crystals.

Texture - grafito effect.

Wall texture – grooved effect: To achieve the desired result, the correct option for the execution is the use of notched plastic spatulas, which are capable of reproducing grooves as waves or smooth, in the chosen wall.

Textured wall.

Wall texture – spatulate effect: This effect can be reproduced by using a steel trowel with flaps and is suitable for smooth or grainy walls. The secret of this technique is the uniform movement of the hand, which results in a harmonious appearance.

Textured wall.

How to apply textures to walls

There are so many techniques and options, that it ends up being a difficult task to choose the preferred one, isn’t it?! But despite causing different sensations, they all have a common step by step. So that everything goes according to plan, check out the following guidelines.

Step 1 – Prepare the environment: First of all, it is essential to protect everything that should not be textured. Line your floor with newspaper, cardboard, plastic, etc. Protect doors, windows, baseboards, plasters, sockets, with tape and move or remove furniture from the environment. Thus, you will be preventing the mass from reaching undesirable points.


Step 2 – Prepare the wall: Before applying the material to the chosen wall, you must analyze it. Remove all objects that may have on it, sand and repair any parts that are uneven and/or loosening, so that you can get the best possible finish. Once that’s done, now just clean the area where the texture will be applied, before moving on to the next step.

Wall preparation.

Step 3 – Application: One of the most awaited moments has arrived, after leveling the wall and leaving it clean, it’s time to start the application. The ideal is to apply the textured mass to the wall, with the aid of a steel trowel.

Wall texture mass.

Step 4 – Perform the chosen technique: This is the time to reproduce the chosen technique. So that everything goes as planned, the ideal is to use spatulas and rollers that are specific to the chosen texture. This step is the most important and requires a lot of patience and care because for the texture to reach the desired result, it is important that it has a harmonious appearance.

Wall texturing.

Step 5 – Wait for it to dry: Don’t be in a hurry! For the texture techniques to work, it is essential to obey the drying time, to ensure that nothing can damage the reproduced groove. Because of this, it is recommended that the furniture that will be close to the walls that received the texture, be relocated about 24 hours after application.

Wall texture.

Is it possible to create textures with spackle?

If you want a result with different effects and have doubts if it’s really possible to create textures with spackle, the answer is yes! Innovating is never too much, the spackle allows you to create effects the way the user wants and the step-by-step is very similar to common techniques. To get a good result, everything depends on the execution. Here’s how to apply textures with spackle.

Step 1- With the wall already prepared, apply the spackle on the surface of your choice and sand it until it is completely smooth.

Step 2- With the surface still wet, start to reproduce the effect you want (straight, wavy, crossed, etc.) with the foam roller over the spackle on the entire wall,

Step 3- The next step is to let the spackle dry completely and finish with acrylic paint in the color you want.

In which environments should textures be used?

Textures, like many coatings, have no rules or even restrictions. As long as it is chosen carefully and is in harmony with the rest of the project, it can be used on façades and in any indoor environment you wish. It is always important to remember that balance is the best path to success!

Now that you already know some types of textures, know the step-by-step application, and are aware that there are no restrictions regarding environments, it’s much easier to make your home even cozier. Choose your preferred technique and ”hands-on”.