Drywall Texture Trends in Basement Finishing

Trends in Basement Drywall Texture


The amount and type of texture that is applied to a wall has changed significantly in the last few years. Until recently, most walls were finished with heavier textures. Many of these textures such as Old World Style, were very heavy and looked like more of an exterior application.

Recently trends have started to swing back toward smoother textures. Many home owners are asking for smooth finish on both the walls and ceiling.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Heavy Texture

  • Advantages
    • Hides flaws in the drywall
    • Long walls look better when painted
    • It costs less than smooth walls
  • Disadvantages
    • Heavy textures can collect dust
    • If they are damaged difficult to repair
    • They can refract light which in a basement is often not desirable

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Smooth Texture

  • Advantage
    • Easier to clean
    • Easy to repair
    • Some feel it offers a cleaner look
    • Paint lines are easier to maintain
  • Disadvantages
    • Long walls do not look as good. Easier to see flashing
    • Shows every flaw
    • significantly more expensive
    • Some drywall installers do not know how to do smooth walls

Despite the additional cost more and more hoe owners are asking for smooth walls for their basement finish. We think this is a trend that will continue and are working to find more skilled drywall installers who can do a quality job with smooth walls.

If you want to look at various texture types ask your project manager. We’ll get you in to see several basements under construction so that you can make an informed choice.

If you’d like us to give you a bid on your basement please call 801-259-0565.