Knockdown Texture

What is a knockdown texture?

This is a wall texture that rests between an orange peel wall and a flat wall. It provides the walls with a mottled texture that gives the walls a new life. Knockdown is popular in new residential construction as well as new commercial construction. To apply the knockdown texture, water will be added to a high quality joint compound. Using a trowel, the mixture will be applied on the wall. After the first layer dries, a second layer is sprayed using a hopper gun. As it dries, a trowel will be used to formalize an aesthetic appeal. Our team has made the knockdown process an art form. We create a uniform “knockdown” height and balanced appearance.

Homeowners looking for ways they can enhance the appearance of their homes without overspending, knockdown texture is a great way to make the walls look stylish at a reasonable price. Once the texture is on the wall, an extra layer of colored paint can be added for a clean and finished look.

What is the difference between knockdown texture and orange peel texture?

Most homeowners confuse the two textures. Although both provide an enhanced appeal, orange peel texture produces an orange skin on the walls, together with a bumpier surface which is different from what the knockdown texture provides.

Type of Knockdown Texture StrataVenture Specializes In


Splatter is the most common knockdown texture that uses an intricate splotch pattern to bring out the classic Spanish lace stucco look. A spray is first applied on the wall, and a knockdown knife is used to flatten the peaks to achieve a low-profile texture on the wall.

When applying it on a ceiling, the process can get messy because of the downward splash. Now, since a hopper gun is used, the room needs to set up for this procedure. We utilize various types of coverings to protect areas not intended to be sprayed.

Knockdown Kitchen
Knockdown Closeup

Orange Peel Texture

Orange Peel (also called splatter or eggshell) looks like the skin of an orange. It is a great alternative to a smooth finish because it is subtle but easily hides wall and ceiling imperfections. It’s durable and easily to clean making it a popular texture in rental homes, commercial buildings, and new construction. Its bumpy yet minimal finish also goes well with most décor, including modern styles.

Orange Peel Texture

Slap Brush Texture

Slap Brush texture, also known as crow’s foot, stomp brush, or stipple, is easy to make on drywall surfaces using basic drywall compound, or “mud.” The resulting texture has a fan-like or sunburst effect created by the fanned-out bristles of the texture brush. The technique is straightforward, and you can achieve different textures by overlapping the stomp pattern, altering the thickness of the mud, or using a different brush that makes a unique imprint. The stiffness of the bristles usually determines the depth of the ridges in the joint compound.

Slap Brush Texture
Slap Brush

Combo Slap Brush on Walls & Knockdown on Ceiling

Combining multiple textures adds depth and dimension to homes, multi-family and commercial spaces. The picture below is an example of Slap Brush on the walls and Knockdown on the ceiling.

Combo Slap Brush Walls Knockdown Ceiling