Do It Yourself: Choosing And Identifying A Ceiling Texture Type

Here you learn interesting ways to add texture and beauty to your ceilings. Hide imperfections and problems by creating unique patterns on the ceiling.

The appearance of the ceiling in your home is just as important as the appearance of the walls. The texture and color of the ceiling can change the entire look of a room. There are various textures, color options, and methods of application that can make a ceiling unique as well as attractive.

Textures are often used to hide imperfections in the drywall as well as rough seams. They are also used to add interest and beauty to otherwise plain drywall by creating a three-dimensional look. Since ceilings are bare, light coming from certain angles tends to accentuate bumps and humps where seams have been mudded and taped. Adding texture is simple, and besides covering up problem areas, texture will dramatically change the look of a room.

Any easy way to add texture to ceilings is to mix texturing material with paint. These products are available in most paint and home improvement stores, and they come in a wide range of textures, sizes, and types.

Before applying texture to a wall or ceiling, practice the following methods on large scraps of drywall. Doing so will help you learn the proper method of application to achieve the look you desire. If you don't have scraps of drywall, any type of hard flat material will work.

Try wrapping your roller with string to create a unique textured effect. You can also change the effect of texture paint by stippling it with a whiskbroom, crumbled paper, or other material. Practice with various materials to see the effects they create.

Create a "skip-trowel" pattern using drywall mud, grade 30 texturing sand (silica sand), and a wide trowel. Mix an adequate amount of sand to drywall mud. It should have a thick consistency. Apply the mud to the trowel, and while using light pressure, allow the trowel to skip over the surface of the ceiling. Using the empty trowel, go over the mud one more time to make it even.

Make a "crow's foot" pattern using a double or single-round texturing brush. Begin by mixing the texturing material so it's thicker than acrylic paint but thinner than drywall mud. Using a roller, apply the texturing material to the ceiling, and use the texture brush with a stomping motion to apply the initial textured coat. Allow it to dry for several minutes, and while it is still damp, apply another coat. Moisten the texturing brush, and use the same stomping motion to create the final crow's foot pattern.

A swirled pattern can be achieved using a wallpaper brush. Mix the texture paint to a semi-thick consistency, and apply it with a roller. Use the wallpaper brush to make a uniform swirled pattern. Create rows of swirls by slightly overlapping each row.

If you want a room to appear large and open, the finished ceiling should be painted with a lighter color. Painting ceilings with colors that are lighter than the surrounding walls will make them appear higher. In contrast, a darker color will create the illusion of a lower ceiling. White is the most popular choice for ceiling color because it draws the eyes up and creates an exceptional illusion of height.

Ceiling glitter can be sprayed on wet paint or texturing material to create an interesting effect. The glitter will reflect light from various angles and add sparkle and beauty. Special applicators can be rented where ceiling glitter is sold. One pound of ceiling glitter should adequately cover 500 square feet.

Use these texturing ideas, or create your own patterns using drywall mud and a trowel. Don't be afraid to try something different. The most beautiful homes are those with unique decorative touches and designs. You'll be surprised at what you can do with drywall mud, a trowel, texturing material, and a little imagination.

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