High-end Finishes, Part 4: Smooth Walls

In Part 4 of our series on high-end finishes for homes, the walls show us an often-overlooked treatment that gives your home some extra refinement.

Smooth Walls Smooth Walls vs. Textured Walls

This is a matter of personal taste, but ultimately I prefer a smooth wall to a textured wall. Over the past 15 years or so, spray textured walls have become quite popular, even in custom homes. New homeowners liked the look and builders REALLY liked it because the texture, which is sprayed on the wall after the drywall is installed, camouflages the imperfections in the drywall finishing. Because finishing time is decreased, textured wall treatments can reduce the labor time and save finishing costs. This spray texture, to me, is starting to date homes. Since high-end finishes often are synonymous with timeless design, I think the extra work involved in making a wall completely smooth gives a home, even a new one, a more vintage look.

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2 Comment(s)

  1. Amen, John! Spray texture should be retired along with those pesky bullnose corners. The devil is in the details!!

    amy troute | Feb 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I agree 100%!!! We are mocing into a spec home, and they ONLY offer knockdown texture as an option. They will ot do smooth, and want to charge us anotehr $8,000 to do pull trowel :(. My husband and I are very bummed about this as we paid to have smooth walls in our last house from knockdown. Is there a cheaper option? Maybe after taping, just priming and painting the walls intated of “smooth mudding” to save costs? We very much dislike knockdoen and are despertae 🙁

    Sarah | Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

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