Smooth or Textured Walls – Which is Better?

Making someplace our own is what we all love but can accept that it can be tricky. To make an apartment a home, building a workplace is all about how to make these tangible things convey and make us feel the intangible, comfort, and at peace or get grinding. Paints of the wall can communicate; it is kind of like it is the body language of the place.

To add value and make a style statement, most subtly is the work of wall textures in any interior. What to use to make other things be more in focus or get emphasized or when to stand out to complement, these are just a few of the many things. We feel the impact that a wall paint can create to décor is underestimated, most people feel this statement stands just because of looks, but it is more about the feel.

For you to make the best decision, we have neatly compiled data into four various aspects that give you exposure from every angle and wind up with answering questions that cover the most common doubts that clouds a person faced making this decision. We tried to cover significant aspects that can dominate the decision for different people. So, let us get to it and start weighing the idea.

Architecture and Interior

Smooth or Textured Walls

The architecture and interior of a place and its style should match and complement the walls of the space, and the design gives hints of what goes best with it. There are two subcategories in this one factor; the perfect balanced use of this is the ultimate path to a great design. Both are equally important.


Depending on the décor, the theme, and your style, we can decide what can complement the furniture and the style of your preference. It also depends on lighting fixtures and art pieces in the house. If you plan on filling the house with artifacts, go with a smooth finish. But if you want to keep minimal knick-knacks and only utility-based furniture, use texture on walls to balance out the white space.

This factor is all about the looks. There are two kinds of textures tactile, which can be felt and is a result of surface development, and visual; it is achieved by painting a wall in a specific pattern and so on.

Illusionary functionality

Depending on the architecture, positive and negative space, light source, and ventilation, we can decide which texture and color will be best for the room. Let us concentrate on texture. If you want to give an illusion of spaciousness and openness, smooth walls will work, but if you need a classic and sophisticated feel go with textured if you have ample space.  


This might be one of the most under-rated aspects. It surprises how as good as no one ever considers this aspect of making most of the decisions related to interiors. We all know the five senses, and texture covers two of those senses, sight and touch. The five senses connect the physical self to the psychological self. The matte finish gives us a human feeling and reflects warmth and acceptance. The glossy finish reflects sharpness and ease.

Texture resembling nature evoke feeling grounded and can calm one down, but this is subjective and personal to every being. It is because one might associate with something positive in the past, whereas someone else can make a negative connection.

For example, geometrical can trigger anxiety to someone while a pattern can connect as flowers and be calming for others. So prominent patterned texture can be chosen in residential areas but should be very carefully considered for areas where many people come and go.

Note the difference between wall textures at a hospital and a pre-school; the difference is not coincidental. A child’s room can have more tactile texture because they feel safe around textures that reflect warmth and encouraged when needed. Smooth works well to soothe people, or maybe a very detailed texture can do the job too.


If I were to speak brutally unbiased, textures are outdated. Very few styles are still in style and fit in a modern home. Current trends are mostly minimal, and smooth walls go best with a contemporary look. Smooth walls give a sleek, upscale look. But one other thing has an evergreen buzz, which is doing what you love and let no trend stop you from doing so.

There is an easy answer to this; what you like is always trending.


This is one of the most considered factors out of the list currently. People do not mind paying if they get convenience in return. Almost everything depends on which wall you are painting, the interior, or the exterior. Masonry paint is required for the exteriors, and emulsion is required for the interiors of the house.

The most well-known benefit of textured paint that it can hide the flaws on the wall quickly and clean. Hence it is an excellent option for people who want to put a property on sale, as visible wall flaws will not help in getting the price you ask for. At the same time, a smooth finish is easy to apply and acquire too large areas.

Money matter

Half Smooth and Textured Walls

Due to easy-to-buy paint sprays, textured walls are cheaper to finish, and smooth walls require labor. That is why comparatively, they cost more. Plus, money is not only about how much you spend initially. It is also about the future maintenance costs and so on. The thing about texture walls is they can be damn well used to hide imperfection in the wall.

But even the smallest flaw on the smooth wall requires immediate attending and sanding.

But to cover up something in the textured wall, you need to patch it up with identical work, which depends on the chosen texture and technique. Sometimes hand-applied textures are a good thing and, in some cases, a disaster.

Most people prefer smooth walls, but low-quality drywall and bumps are the reason they cannot; make sure from the start that the work done is of good quality and pay close attention to the details, and maybe you can have a smooth wall at home without much of a hit on the pocket. And one thing to remember is that texture might be done in cheaply, but it is expensive to get rid of.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply textured paint to a wall?

Use paint that is low maintenance, so go with latex or oil-based paint. Matte paint is not reflecting and hence will not highlight the details acquired. Apply in a space considering the light source to highlight the details.

The easiest ways are using a roller or spray; either way, try it on a cardboard. Spray texture lets it settle and dry, prime, and paint. Done. But this can be good for repair work because it can be expensive. Same with a roller, but you need to apply store-bought mud and then use a roller. It can take more time, but if you have skills, it might end up with better finishing than spray texture.

(Make sure to cover switchboard or anything and fill any cracks and holes and then do this.)

This link shows the use of spray texture for patchwork. Do watch it for a better idea of what you are dealing with.

How do you choose wall texture?

The above aspects are something to take into consideration the decide which texture would work best, especially the psychological impact. Consider the décor and interior and evaluate the pros and cons of the textures you have seen, and in 5 minutes, you can photoshop a wall in an image and see which one looks useful to you.

How to remove texture from a wall?

Skimming the surface with drywall is the way to go with a painted texture as soaking only woks on premature unpainted walls. You will need the patience to deal with this as it can take time because it will require finishing touches, and it can get messy.

What are the different types of wall texture?

On the base of the technique used for the texture, types of wall texture can be divided into seven types: Comb, popcorn, orange peel, knockdown, sand swirl, slap brush, slap brush knockdown.

These techniques include hand-applied drywall textures and spray-applied drywall textures. Orange peel is one of the most used out of these. There are many other types as people sub-categorize things based on various factors and call it different things but use the same tools.


It would help if you lived at the place, make it a home, call it home. So, no matter the trend or anything else, the most crucial factor is a personal choice. What you like, what reflects and expresses you is your style, and that is what will look the best at your house, guarantee. This article was to give an overview of what is out there and make you aware of the pros-cons situation.

We have briefly explained everything there is to know about wall textures, and we hope this information reached you as we intended and prove helpful to you in making the decision. This decision was essential to you and about your home, and we were glad to be a part of this.