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Intro to Interior Design: 7 Types of Ceiling Textures

Ceiling textures may not seem like a big deal, but they can add significant value to your home if you choose the right styles. They can cause your home’s value to go down, when the style falls out of fashion (looking at you, popcorn ceiling). Check out our guide on popular types of ceiling texture.
Ceiling textures may not seem like a big deal, but they can add significant value to your home if you choose the right styles. They can cause your home’s value to go down, when the style falls out of fashion (looking at you, popcorn ceiling). Check out our guide on popular types of ceiling texture.

When you are renovating your home or looking to buy a home, it all comes down to the details. While choosing wall paint or curtains may seem like a straightforward task, choosing the best drywall finish or ceiling texture is trickier. The different options come down to particular nuances that can elevate the vision and style of your home.

Various textures correspond with various home decor styles. Whether you’re going for a classic look, a rustic aesthetic, a Mediterranean feel, or a home that corresponds with natural elements, there is a ceiling texture that suits those needs.

Choosing the right ceiling texture can help to add value to your home when selling. An experienced real estate agent can advise you in the process while saving you money.

To help you narrow down the choices and understand the level of difficulty and aesthetic certain ceiling textures adhere to, we have compiled 7 types of ceiling textures that are fabulous options for your home renovation.

7 Types of Ceiling Texture

1. Knockdown Ceiling Texture

Using a hawk and a wall knife or a trowel, you will first layer the surface of the ceiling with plaster. That wet layer then becomes your canvas to design with a brush, trowel, sponge, or styrofoam to create a pattern of peaks.

Once that has been done, all that needs to happen next is a knockdown of those peaks with a knife or a knockdown tool. The style creates a rustic and artistic element and is a popular way of adding an aesthetic feature in homes.

2. Sheetrock Ceiling Texture

One of the most popular ceiling texture types is the sheetrock ceiling. Achieved by a technique using hand tools and plaster, this texture imitates the look of sheetrock on the ceiling.

Sheetrock texture is made of narrow lines can add tranquility and calmness to a room and is easily achieved without the help of a professional.

This texture is versatile as it corresponds with modern homes, yet also has a rustic, farmhouse appeal.

3. Tree Bark Ceiling Texture

Combining elements of nature inside the home is not a new phenomenon, it is a popular trend. This ceiling texture mimics the rugged asymmetrical look of tree bark. Easily created with a specific paint roller, the technique is not rocket science and can be achieved on your own accord.

4. Skip Trowel Ceiling Texture

Skip trowel texture creates a stuccoed look for your ceiling and adds a Mediterranean aesthetic to your home. High-end homes often feature skip trowel ceilings and it is considered a desired feature for homebuyers. The texture is hand applied through the use of coarse sand and joint compound which is then spread by a trowel to create the texture.

5. Orange Peel Ceiling Texture

Corresponding to the name, Orange Peel ceilings resemble the texture of orange peel: slightly bumpy, yet soft. For modern homes that are embracing an understated look, choosing the orange peel ceiling texture extends a subtle, smoother aesthetic.

This choice is popular for modern homes, as it is subtler and smoother than knockdown ceilings, and is created by spraying drywall compound onto the ceiling.

6. Popcorn Ceiling Texture

Though the popcorn ceiling is typified by its popularity in the 90s, the rough popcorn look is a cost-effective texture style that creates uniformity. The style is difficult to clean and has somewhat fallen out of style.

However, there is a good reason to consider the texture: popcorn ceilings are excellent at absorbing and muffling sounds.

If you are looking to implement noise-reducing components to areas of your home, a popcorn ceiling may be a good choice for those spaces.

7. Stomp Ceiling Texture

For those looking to embrace farmhouse room styles or a rustic aesthetic, the stomp ceiling texture is a strong contender. Like knockdown ceiling texture, this technique is executed with a roller with the addition of a stomp brush.

Whether you are renovating to sell your home or looking into the finer details of buying your dream home, you’ll need a great real estate agent to help you in your journey. A Clever Partner Agent can help you tell the difference between a knockdown ceiling and an orange peel ceiling. They can advise you on current trends and even let you know how much it’ll cost to get popcorn ceiling removed. If you’re interested in getting connected with a flat-rate fee Partner Agent fill out our online form today!

 

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Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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