Texture on walls generates interest as well as adds to your style of decorating. Wall textures give you many options, from very subtle texture to a more dramatic surface. You can texture all the walls in a room or simply texture one wall. Once you figure out the look you want, you can begin to transform your interior based on how it feels rather than how it looks.
Give your rooms a Southwestern flair with this style of wall texture. Stucco is made from limestone, sand and water. Its texture is pleasing, and it camouflages imperfections in walls. To achieve this look, dip a roller into paint formulated for stucco and shake -- do not squeeze -- away excess paint. For the best look, the paint needs to be thick when applied to walls. When painting, use a straight downward motion, and repeat until the wall is covered. Apply two coats to ensure a solid finish.
For a dimpled, or bumpy, effect, the orange peel technique is the way to go. You will need a sprayer to get the right look, but the technique doesn't require a lot of skill. Using a texture hopper and a thinning compound will help you achieve the look you want. In fact, the application is quick because of the sprayer. Look into the nozzle type and spray distance as they also determine the outcome of the application.
Walls with sand texture often mirror the look and feel of adobe walls. You can purchase sand paint from home centers, and some gallons will even come ready to apply with a roller. Working on small sections of wall at a time, apply mixture with a trowel or drywall knife generously. Depending on the desired effect, apply with wide, straight strokes or with a circular motion to make raised contours.
Give your rooms dramatic flair that duplicates the look of an Italian villa with Venetian plaster walls. Color is the main ingredient with this pigmented mixture, giving walls a smooth surface with bold color. Apply the mixture to your walls with a trowel or drywall knife. Don't be in a hurry as this technique often needs several coats to achieve the desired effect.