Whenever remodeling a room, keeping the texture of the walls interesting is always a challenge. It is possible to add drywall compound to a wall or use textural paint to create an interesting element in a room’s design. Another good option for adding texture to a room’s walls is faux painting. There are many techniques that look so real that one is drawn to touch them to test the surface and determine if it is really textured or just looks textured.
Paint with Texture: There are many different types of paint that can be applied to the wall that have a popcorn or sand like finish to them. These textural paints can be applied very simply by using a paintbrush or roller. Create even textures on the walls with strokes that are long and even taking care to not apply a thick layer of paint to one part of the wall while applying a thin layer to another part of the wall.
Textural Additive: Similar to textural paint is a textural additive. This affordable product is easily mixed into regular paint, and it can be found in various levels of texture ranging from rough and coarse to very fine. Make sure to test a small amount and then adjust accordingly.
Drywall Compound: To use drywall compound to create textured walls, apply it to the walls at about an eighth of an inch thick. Then create the desired texture in it while the medium is still wet. There are many different types of tools that anyone can use to create patterns and texture in the new wall. For example, cutting notches in a squeegee and dragging it across the wall creates a wavy line effect. Using an old whisk broom to lightly drag across the surface creates a linen effect on the wall. For a plaster look on the walls, mix drywall compound directly into the paint and apply it with a plaster knife.
Texture with Tools: Using a combination of paint, texture material and tools can create some really stunning wall finishes. One, for example, would be a Venetian plaster finish. Using a Milano plaster tool, simply add texture additives to the paint and mix well. Or create a wood grain look by finishing a wall with a wood grain tool that is simply dragged through a layer of wet glaze on the wall’s surface.
Faux Finishes: Two really good examples of simple faux finishes are ragging and sponging. To perform these techniques, paint the wall a base color, and then cover it with a coat of glaze. Now take a color a few shades darker or lighter and use a sponge or a rag to apply the paint to the wall. The glaze takes a little longer to dry, allowing ample time apply the design with sponges or rags.
Using Glaze: Glaze keeps paint from drying out quickly; this allows more time for it to be manipulated as desired. Just adding glaze on a wall brings interesting depth of color to the surface. Glaze can come in a clear or tinted finish, and for many custom looks, some of the wall paint will be added to the glaze creating a harmonious or contrasting color. Another option is to use glaze with a stipple brush to create a random stipple pattern on the wall.
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