Various Types of Wall Finishes | Interior Design and Architecture

What are Wall Finishes and the purpose of using them?

As the name “Wall Finishes” itself suggests that it is finish given to the wall to enhance the interior or exterior look of the structure. Wall finishes used for the interiors are quite delicate and need maintenance. The new contemporary trend has brought about great deal of increase in the usage of various types of wall finishes for the aesthetic purpose in the interiors and exteriors.

In this article, we are going to discuss various types of wall finishes, their preparation and application process…

Here is a list of different types of Wall finishes:

  1. Cement plastered Finish
  2. Cement Textured Finish
  3. Plaster of Paris Finish
  4. Gypsum Plaster Finish
  5. Glass Mosaic Finish
  6. Designer Mirror Finish
  7. Laminate Finish
  8. Marble Powder Finish

We will be discussing some more different types of Wall Finishes in our successive articles.

Cement plastered Finish

It is prepared in the form of mortar with cement, sand and water in proper proportions and applied on masonry manually to achieve a smooth finish or sand faced finish.

Cement Plaster Finish | Wall Finishes

Cement Plaster Finish | Wall Finishes

Cement Textured Finish

This is a decorative finish and its mortar is prepared in cement based material. It is applied with sand faced plaster with a trowel and after that it is coloured with paint.

Cement Textured Finish | Wall Finishes

Cement Textured Finish | Wall Finishes

Plaster of Paris Finish

Plaster of Paris or simply plaster is a type of building material based on calcium sulphate hemihydrates. This is a smooth finish achieved by plaster of Paris generally applied on internal walls.

Plaster of Paris Finish | Wall Finishes

Plaster of Paris Finish | Wall Finishes

Gypsum Plaster Finish

This just like plaster of Paris finish but gypsum based material is used to prepare mortar. It is more durable and finer as compared to Plaster of Paris Finish.

Gypsum plaster Finish | Wall Finishes

Gypsum plaster Finish | Wall Finishes

Glass Mosaic Finish

Glass mosaic tiles are small 1”x1” on a cloth to get a workable size 12”x12” and this tile is pasted with an adhesive on wall surfaces. It can also be pasted on curved surfaces.

Glass Mosaic Finish | Wall Finishes

Glass Mosaic Finish | Wall Finishes

It comes in different colours and generally used in swimming pools or water walls.

Designer Mirror Finish

Designer mirrors are obtained by small pieces on walls to create mural like design.

Designer Mirror Finish | Wall Finishes

Designer Mirror Finish | Wall Finishes

Laminate Finish

Laminate comes in various colours and designs. It comes in the form of sheet and is pasted with fevicol on Plywood.

Laminate Finish

Laminate Finish | Wall Finishes

Marble Powder Finish

This is a very smooth finish. The finish looks like Marble flooring. This finish is obtained by mortar of marble powder, white cement and water. It is applied manually.

Marble Powder Finish

Marble Powder Finish | Wall Finishes

If you are looking for ideas of decorating the interiors of your home, you should consider searching online for design ideas. There are plentiful sites giving very good ideas for beautiful and creative interiors.

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  1. #1 by ahdeyjahrey on June 22, 2011 - 9:16 am

    i really luv these page, it suite my assignment. Thank you

  2. #3 by Ogri, Basil Etuota on August 13, 2011 - 11:22 am

    I am impress with this article. But there are so many other finishes that are not here.

    • #4 by BenzuJK on August 18, 2011 - 12:29 am

      Hello Ogri,
      Very true. There are “n” number of finishes available in the market. It’s amazing what we could do with our walls, isn’t it?

      Cheers 🙂

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    i want to learn more about gypsum mosaic design

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  7. #9 by Sachin on July 20, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    I want to learn more about types of plastering,plastering application and usage.


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  9. #11 by Patrick on February 4, 2015 - 1:59 pm


    Thank you for sharing the different kind of wall finishes. Personally, I like the laminate finish most.

    Best regards,


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