Paint Texture and Specialty Paints Texture paint will put some pizzazz into a plain painted wall. These paints provide an easy way to get both color and texture on the walls at the same time. And they have the added benefit of covering up problem walls or ceilings -- uneven surfaces, rough spots, and other flaws. You can apply texture to an entire surface or paint selectively to create patterned borders, adding a textural element at little cost.
Installing tongue-and-groove (aka T&G) boards is a fast, inexpensive way to panel any ceiling or wall. You can install T&G over bare framing, drywall or plaster, so it's a great cover-up for an ugly ceiling.