How to Paint Textured Walls

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Textured walls can add character and distinction to your room, but they also require a little extra work to paint. Today, let’s go over some do’s and don’ts for painting a textured space with as little hassle as possible.  


Dust settles in textured walls more than on other finishes, so be sure you give your walls a good washing down. You can often get away with skipping this step on a smooth-finish wall, but textured finishes collect particles that can impact your paint’s staying power.

Additionally, don’t neglect to fill in any imperfections or divots. While textured finishes can help hide flaws, your wall still needs a clean slate so that your fresh coat of paint doesn’t reveal an unexpected imperfection.

Learn more about prepping your walls the right way here.

Paint Finish

If you love the texture on the wall, go for an easy to clean, durable eggshell finish. However, if you dislike the texture, a matte finish is your best bet. Because flat finishes don’t reflect light, texture and imperfections in the wall are less noticeable. Fair warning that you’ll need to keep backup paint on hand for any touchups, as flat finishes are difficult (and sometimes impossible) to wash.

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A fluffy roller cover will distribute paint easier than a brush, getting into all the recesses and crannies that can make painting textured walls a bit more difficult. For edging and trim, a good quality angled brush works best. You may want to get a slightly wider flat brush to hold more paint since texture increases the surface area and total volume of paint you need.

Tape It

If you’re taping your walls, be sure you follow some general best practices, such as using high-quality painter’s tape and removing the tape before the paint dries. Use extra care when taping a textured room, and be sure to stick the tape into any grooves or texture to prevent bleed through. If you’re painting a textured ceiling, you’ll find that taping it off can be tricky with the combined forces of gravity and the texture. To prevent bleed through, go carefully in with a flat brush rather than trusting tape to protect the wall.

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Paint in Multiple Layers

Because textured surfaces have so many nooks and crannies, doing multiple thin coats of paint, rather than one or two thick coats, is your best bet. Textured walls drip in odd ways, and paint can skip over some crevices and end up pooling and dripping in others. Go slow, allow plenty of drying time, and do a few coats. If you can, try and look at the space from multiple heights to see which areas you’ve missed. If your new paint color is very different than the old one, the gaps should be fairly easy to spot.

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Painting a textured wall is a little more work than a flat wall, but if you take the steps outlined above, the job will be finished in no time! Can’t pick a color for your room? Give our Color Monarch Tool a try, and get a color palette based on photos of your actual space. Good luck!

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