Textured Walls: Add Depth to Most Rooms with Wall Texturing

19 Dec

There are two ways in which you can create textured walls: with the aid of paint (thus resembling the desired texture) or by building the wall WITH the texture.

Wall texture through the aid of paint

This option is very inexpensive and simple and can also be done without the need of professionals. Just paint with a base color first and lay the first layer with a strong brush or roller. Wait for one day for the pint to dry and proceed to add the next coat. Apply a second layer with the textured roll of your choice. You will find hundreds of them with different textures like corrugated skin, prints, stone, leather, rock, etc. If you want to apply even textures use a sponge for the second coat.

Textured paints are a mix of water and dye products and when superimposed on surfaces they mimic certain natural finishes. They are very easy to clean and usually give out a matt sort of appearance. Generally, with 1kg of paint you will be able to layer a 5m2 wall. After applying the second coat the paint should be distributed in different directions in irregular dosages. Before it dries, you can smooth out the surface with a flexible plastic spatula by pressing blobs of paint and thus creating a blur effect.

Venetian stucco

Another technique used for texturing walls is the “stucco” which is really suitable for walls in poor conditions or with ugly imperfections. The stucco technique will conceal these imperfections due to its thick consistency (between 2 and 3mm). The product used is a ready to apply mix which is very easy to use for coating and very resistant to dirt.

Extend a layer of the product with a textured roller and smooth the surface with a rubber or plastic spatula. Change the stroke directions often so it becomes rough and irregular. Once it dries, apply a second coat. Distribute it over the surface in small amounts the size of a walnut, and again change the stroke directions often.

When the surface dries completely it must be polished. This technique consists of rubbing the pint with a clean spatula until we achieve a silky luster finish. Tip: the flame of a lighter one meter away from the wall will tell you if the job is done – just make sure that the flame’s reflection is clear and bright.

Building the wall

This is a more complicated option and it really requires the aid of professionals. You can use different materials to achieve the desired look like cement, plaster, brick or stone. The brick wall texture is very popular but the general disadvantage is that they are difficult to clean. The actual texture can accumulate dust and dirt over a period of time.

Your textured walls should be in harmony with the rest of the room or home decor by matching with the furniture, curtains and other accessories.

Your textured walls should match the rest of the room or home decoration with existing furniture, curtains and other accessories thus creating a harmonious environment.

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