If you’re looking to update the walls in your home, textured paint is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add a fresh new look. Often used as an alternative to wallpaper, it is also a great solution to cover up uneven or imperfect walls. Textured painting has become one of the most popular trends in home décor, and with the recent surge of do-it-yourselfers, many different styles have been created with a myriad of colors to choose from. Often the most difficult part of the project is deciding which ones to use.
Textured paint comes with a few different options. The premixed form contains small, gravel like particles and is grainy in appearance. It is often applied to ceilings where close scrutiny is less likely.
Another variety comes in a bucket and is very thick and smooth which requires special application tools like trowels or putty knives. Once applied, this type of textured pain has the appearance of stucco. Most paint stores sell an agent that can be purchased separately. You can apply this material to control the smoothness or roughness.
High-quality paint is recommended when going for a textured look. You can choose between flat-finish latex and formulas with alkyd, or a durable synthetic resin. Latex versions are often used on ceilings and don’t require a primer. Typically, they are even durable enough to cover up the seams between drywall.
The most popular trends in paint colors when creating a textured finish includes metallic finishes in gold, silver and copper. This option will allow you to create a glossy, shiny presence.
Textured paint can also be used to create a faux finish. Common faux finishes include marble, stone or wood, which can add depth and texture. Often this technique requires additional application tools, such as special rollers, sponges, rags, trowels and putty knives.
A visit to a paint store can become overwhelming, as there are many different styles to choose from. Plan on making a few visits as you are making the final decision on your desired look since removing the texture isn't as simple as painting over a flat paint that you didn't end up liking. A good way to find out your particular taste in finishes would be to tour model homes or look through magazines. Some home improvement stores may have sample cards showing the different finishes.
Before you apply any textured paint, make sure the walls you are working with are clean and free from major holes or damage. While this wall application can hide some blemishes, large holes or damage can't be disguised. Don't forget to cover surrounding furniture and flooring with protective materials, and prepare all your tools in advance so you don't go running around for them during the application process.