How to Apply Textured Wall Paint

Although you love your home, after a while, it can begin to seem drab and boring. Sometimes, events like flooding and burst water pipe repair can even create blemishes and eyesores. While there are multiple ways to revive a dull space in your home, painting is typically the simplest and least expensive. Many homeowners even opt to add wall texture paint to their walls for a more dramatic, dimensional look. Applying wall paint in living room, kitchen, or other home areas can be done fairly easily with the right tools and tips and can provide a classy, stylish appearance for just about any space.

What are textured walls?

Textured walls are walls that have had texture putty applied to them to create a rough, dimensional surface. Texture can be applied in many different ways to create a completely unique look. Whether you’re in the market for a subtle change to our space or you want a dramatically different look, wall texture paint and self-texturing can help to achieve the appearance you’re looking for.

Tools You Will Need:

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint roller and pan
  • Putty knives of assorted sizes
  • Primer
  • Texture Putty
  • Paint

Texture Painting Techniques

As with any type of remodeling or updating project, there are multiple ways to achieve the look you want. There are a variety of texturing styles that can be done simply by using the correct wall texture painting tools. Thicker, more dramatic texturing will require a larger knife while small, subtle texturing can be done with a small knife or even with textured paint.

What are the types of textures?

Each type of texture painting creates a separate style. While some, such as skip trowel and knockdown can be difficult for beginner, swirl and lace patterns are often much easier to achieve.

Skip Trowel

Skip Trowel

As the most difficult type of texturing, this style is recommended for experienced painters. Once the wall is clean and dry, the texture mud will be applied to the wall in a thin, skipping motion. This style creates an uneven, abstract appearance that is smooth.



This texturing style resembles skip trowel but isn’t quite as smooth or defined. To accomplish this look, sponge the mud onto a clean, drywall and then use a putty knife or mud trowel to knock down the sharp edges.



While a swirl pattern often looks like the most intricate texturing style, it’s usually the simplest to achieve. Once your wall is clean and dry, spread texture mud onto one manageable area at a time. Once the mud is spread to your desired thickness, turn a brush or sponge in a circle or semicircle in the mud to create the swirl patterns. Continue to use your tool until you get the pattern and texture you desire.



This style resembles a knockdown or skip trowel look, but with two different shades of paint. This style is achieved by painting the wall before beginning your texture. Once the wall is completely dry, use a knockdown method with tinted mud to complete the look.



If you are a beginner at home design and aren’t sure how to texture paint walls, with a roller and some premixed texture paint, you can achieve subtle texturing in one simple step. These texture paints come with sand mixed in to create a soft texture without needing to use tools and design tricks.

Tips for a Job Well-Done

Most experienced painters know that it’s a good idea to prime a surface before painting it to ensure that the paint sticks and smooths on evenly. But, do you need to prime a textured wall before painting it? In short, yes. Because the mud used for texturing absorbs some paint as it dries, your surface may look unevenly painted without the use of primer. Many wonder what sheen of paint to use on textured walls to achieve the best results. In most cases, a satin finish paint is ideal. Flat paints lack luster and show stains and blemishes much better than satin finishes. While high-gloss paints can be wiped down like satin, they create a shiny that can cause glare or an uneven appearance.

Textured Wall Paint Ideas From the Pros

Use these tried-and-true tips to create a look that’s all you.

  • Use a plastic bag instead of a sponge to apply mud for knockdown texturing to create an even more dramatic look.
  • Cut designs into your paint roller during roller-based texturing for a unique appearance.
  • Dilute the mud with a small amount of water to make it more malleable for knockdown and skip trowel looks.
  • Complete small spaces to ensure dry time doesn’t catch up to you before you finish texturing.

When you want the look of stylish texture without the hassle of doing it yourself, the painting pros at Pro Brush Painting will complete the job for you. We work throughout the Arlington, TX area to provide wall texture paint services that our customers can be proud of. To learn more about texture painting or to schedule your appointment, call our experts today at (817) 789-5441.