Textured paint is a fun way to add visual depth and architectural interest to your interior walls. It can be used on an accent wall, the ceiling, or an entire room. You can go bold or subtle. Either way, you are in control of how little or how much texture you want to see in the end. But how do you achieve this look in your home? It’s easier than you think.
How to Add Texture to Your Walls
There are several ways to add texture to your walls if they currently have a smooth finish. The first way is to mix an additive into a gallon of any color paint. It will then leave behind a texture on the wall as you paint. The most common way to achieve this is to purchase an additive from a home improvement store, but some creative people have added common household compounds like sand, salt, dirt, clay, and even glitter to their paint to achieve the desired effect.
The second is to use a tool like a roller, a stamper, crumpled paper, or a sponge to create a texture on the paint while it is still wet. Simply roll on your paint color and before you move on to the next section use your chosen tool to texture the paint. Getting a roller with a very thick nap is the easiest way to do this.
A third way is to purchase a product like Homax’s Roll On Texture to paint on your walls. You roll on the product, add the pattern, and then after it has dried paint the wall your chosen color. We outline some tips for painting textured walls here.
Most texture experts recommend experimenting with different textures on a scrap piece of drywall before doing an entire wall. Once you have practiced a little and are happy with the finish, work in small sections on the wall.
Benefits of Textured Paint
Besides delivering a fun and unique design aesthetic to a room, there are other benefits of textured paint. It has some very practical uses. Its best feature is that the texture is really great at hiding wall imperfections. Why is this helpful? Well, consider a wall that is very uneven or has been damaged from the removal of wallpaper. Sometimes, your only recourse is to skim the whole wall with plaster, or in very bad cases, rip off the drywall and start from scratch. Using textured paint is far less expensive and time intensive than either of those options.
Texture paint is effective at covering up walls that are concrete or if you want to cover up wood paneling. Using one of the application methods previously mentioned will transform surface and give the appearance of a cohesive patterned wall. You’d never know that it was concrete or paneling underneath.
Cons of Textured Paint
There are some negative aspects of textured paint to consider as well. Though not a huge difference, it does take a little extra longer to apply than a smooth painted surface. Especially if you are doing an intricate design or all-over pattern, it will take longer to complete a painting project with textured paint.
Another thing to consider is that repairs are a little trickier. If you have wall damage and need to repair it, you’ll have to retexturize the wall to match the rest of the space.
Don’t DIY Textured Paint
Since textured paint isn’t as straightforward as a traditional paint, we recommend hiring a painting professional to help you get the exact finish you are looking for. They’ll have the experience with products the various textured paint products and tools available to make your project go perfectly.
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