Ceiling Texture Types | To texture or not to texture a ceiling. It could be a tough choice for you. There are many ways to make your ceiling looks more stylish. It is whether to texture your ceiling, or to install coffered ceiling using beadboard and stylish fish scale tiles.
Texture a ceiling is probably much cheaper than installing beadboard, but it is not a piece of cake. You are going to need a skill and need to find the perfect ceiling type for your room. Some texture can fit many room types, while several texture types can not work in several room types.
If you want to texture your ceiling and are confused about which ceiling texture you should choose, worry not, because we have summarize all you need to know about ceiling texture types in this article.
- Ceiling Texture Types
- 20. Sheetrock Ceiling Texture
- 19. Stipple Brush Ceiling Texture
- 18. Hawk and Trowel Ceiling Texture
- 17. Smooth Ceiling Texture
- 16. Tree Bark Ceiling Texture
- 15. Slap Brush Ceiling Texture
- 14. Popcorn Ceiling Texture
- 13. Skim Coat Ceiling Texture
- 12. Fish Scale Ceiling Texture
- 11. Skip Trowel Ceiling Texture
- 10. Lace Ceiling Texture
- 9. Spray Sand Ceiling Texture
- 8. Knockdown Ceiling Texture
- 7. Light Popcorn Ceiling Texture
- 6. Santa Fe Ceiling Texture
- 5. Stomp Ceiling Texture
- 4. Orange Peel Ceiling Texture
- 3. Swirl Ceiling Texture
- 2. Rosebud Ceiling Texture
- 1. Crows Foot Ceiling Texture
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Ceiling Texture Types
Here is the list of 20 ceiling texture types every dummy needs to know. Wanna know how to texture your ceiling? Let’s scroll down.
20. Sheetrock Ceiling Texture
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This sheetrock ceiling texture is one of drywall ceiling texture type. It’s been famous since 1917. Just like the other drywall ceiling texture types, the texture is not really smooth, but can give an artistic look to your ceiling. Instead of using spray technique, this ceiling texture is made using hand technique without special brushes.
This ceiling texture can be a perfect texture for your room, no mater if your room is designed in modern style with elegant wallpaper, or in famhouse style and filled with wooden furniture. Do you think you are going to try this idea?
19. Stipple Brush Ceiling Texture
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Unlike the previous ceiling texture, stipple brush requires more skill and can be quiet challenging. You can get this stipple brush ceiling texture by using a roller and slap brush. Because it is not a smooth texture, this kind of ceiling texture can cover imperfections on your ceiling like holes, and give the attention to the texture.
The texture is pretty thick, and if you are not skilled enough, your ceiling can be a little messy. But, why don’t you give it a try?
18. Hawk and Trowel Ceiling Texture
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Just like the name, to get this hawk and trowel ceiling texture, you will need to use hawk and trowel to cover your ceiling. This texture type also belongs to drywall ceiling texture. Not smooth, and gives a dramatic impact to your ceiling. Unlike stipple brush ceiling texture type, this texture type does not requires a high skill.
It looks so simple, isn’t it? Do you think you should try this texture type?
17. Smooth Ceiling Texture
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Although some people might prefer other texture options, smooth ceiling texture is always be people’s favorite. It’s cheap, does not require a high skill, and can give a consistent look to your room, compared to the other texture types. Most texture types are hard to remove and you may need to hire a professional to install, but smooth ceiling is pretty easy to apply, and the best thing about this ceiling texture type is it is great for any room in any style.
Do you think you are gonna like it too?
16. Tree Bark Ceiling Texture
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Just like the name, tree bark ceiling texture resembles the tree bark look. This ceiling texture can be installed by using a heavy roller. This ceiling texture can draw attention more to your ceiling. The look is pretty simple yet so artistic. If you design your room in farmhouse style, this ceiling texture can be a perfect texture for your room.
So, what do you think? You’re going to give it a try?
15. Slap Brush Ceiling Texture
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Slap brush ceiling texture is not an easy texture to apply. You are going to need a brush with very stiff bristles and thin mud. First, you need to cover your ceiling with mud using a roller, then use the brush to slap the ceiling from the edge of the ceiling, until you get the pattern you see in the picture.
But be careful, because if you don’t get this texture right, your ceiling will look messy.
14. Popcorn Ceiling Texture
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Also called ‘cottage cheese’ texture or ‘acoustic’ ceiling texture, this popcorn ceiling texture is probably one of the most famous ceiling texture ever. The look resembles popcorn, and to get this look, you will need to apply the texture with a sprayer.
Popcorn ceiling texture does not only contain mud, but also other materials like styrofoam to create the puffy effect. It is pretty difficult to apply, and also not easy to remove. So, you probably need to hire a professional, especially if you don’t want to create mess on your floor.
13. Skim Coat Ceiling Texture
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Popcorn ceiling texture seems quiet difficult to apply for you? Why don’t try installing skim coat ceiling texture on your ceiling? It can be apply in any room despite the style of your room. Skim coat ceiling texture can cover your ceiling after texture removal perfectly.
So, do you think you are going to try this ceiling texture idea?
12. Fish Scale Ceiling Texture
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You can also the fish scale ceiling from texturing your ceiling. It is quiet difficult so probably you need to hire a professional to do the job. BUt don’t worry, the result is so worth the effort. Your ceiling will look amazing, drawing people’ attention to it, and give an artistic touch to your room.
This ceiling texture is perfect if you paint your wall in plain color. But if you want to have your room wallpapered, you need to reconsider whether this style is okay for your room.
11. Skip Trowel Ceiling Texture
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Just like the the most dry wall ceiling texture, you can apply skip trowel ceiling texture by hand technique using a trowel. Dip the trowel in joint compound, then dragged it gently across the ceiling. The compound will cover most of the surface, but not all the areas. You can see small circles as the result of this technique.
Looks great, isn’t it?
10. Lace Ceiling Texture
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This is probably the most difficult ceiling texture and also the most beautiful ceiling texture you can get. You are going to need several tools like plastic sheet to cover your furniture, drywall knife, spatter gun, and many others. The result will be astonishing and draw people’s attention to your ceiling.
It looks so beautiful, isn’t it? Do you think you should try this lace ceiling texture?
9. Spray Sand Ceiling Texture
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Spray sand ceiling texture looks a little bit similar to orange peel texture. It is not only artistic, but also perfect to hide imperfection on your ceiling. The spray sand ceiling texture is not really popular nowadays, but back then it was everybody’s favorite. You are going to need a bag of sand texture, mix it with cold water the night before applying the texture, and apply it to your ceiling.
Looks like this texture is pretty easy to install, isn’t it? Do you think you should try this idea?
8. Knockdown Ceiling Texture
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To apply knockdown ceiling texture, you are going to need joint compound watered down to a light consistency. Just like the name, you will need a tool known as knockdown to apply this texture. If you don’t have it, you can also use a trowel, but it will be more difficult.
It can also be applied to your wall, if you want. You can see little circles as the result. It looks so artistic, isn’t it?
7. Light Popcorn Ceiling Texture
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The previous popcorn ceiling texture is too much for your room and you need something lighter? Well, you are probably going to like this idea. Still popcorn ceiling texture, but it is lighter. This ceiling texture is a perfect texture for room painted in light color. The texture is not too eye striking, but is still elegant.
Do you think you should try this idea?
6. Santa Fe Ceiling Texture
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Santa Fe is a variation of skip trowel ceiling texture, which also belongs to drywall ceiling texture. The textures are quiet similar, so people might get confused. Actually, the installation is not different, but if you take a closer look, you will find that Santa Fe covers more surface than skip trowel. If the coverage is less than 60% of the ceiling, then it’s going to be skip trowel.
What do you think? Do you prefer Skip Trowel over Santa Fe? Or do you think you should try this ceiling texture on your ceiling?
5. Stomp Ceiling Texture
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Just like knockdown ceiling texture, stomp ceiling texture is also applied by using a roller, but you are also gonna need a stomp brush. To get the right texture, you are going to need drywall joint compound thinned to a paintable consistency with water. Before applying the compound on your ceiling, it’s better to cover your room with plastic, because making a texture, especially this ceiling texture is always messy.
If you are a fan of farmhouse room style or rustic room style, you are definitely gonna like this ceiling texture.
4. Orange Peel Ceiling Texture
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There is a reason why it is called orange peel ceiling texture. Yup. Because the look resembles orange skin. To make this ceiling texture, you need to apply thin mud to the ceiling by spraying it with a gun, set at a high pressure. Sometime it is also called eggshell ceiling texture.
So, what do you think about this ceiling texture? You think it’s gonna be a great idea for your room?
3. Swirl Ceiling Texture
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Applying swirl ceiling texture to your ceiling may requires patience. You can use either a roller or sprayer to make the texture. FYI, there is also a technique called basic swirl method, using a trowel. The swirls depend on the tool you are using. The difficult thing about creating this pattern is probably you need to create all the pattern before the mud dries out.
If the surface is wide, you probably need a help from another person. So, what do you think about this swirl ceiling texture?
2. Rosebud Ceiling Texture
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Rosebud texture is pretty popular because it looks beautiful yet so easy to apply. The mud applied on the ceiling must be thin, otherwise you will not create rosebud ceiling texture, but a stomp texture with sharp edges. To create this pattern, you are going to need a stomo brush or airless paint sprayer. This ceiling texture is a perfect match for a room with smooth walls.
So, wanna try this ceiling texture for your bedroom?
1. Crows Foot Ceiling Texture
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To make this ceiling texture, you need to use a stipple brush. Usually it is a two-man’s job because you are going to need someone to apply the stipple brush pattern while the another has to apply the mud in the other sections. Just like the other texture, this texture is also a messy project, so you will need to cover the room with plastic and wear old clothes.
Do you like the pattern?
That was the list of 20 ceiling texture every ceiling dummies should know. Going to apply one of the ceiling texture on the list? Don’t forget to consider which type would work with your room style. So, which texture is your favorite? Do share your answer with us in the comment section.