All you need to know about texture paint
You’ve probably stopped to run your hand over a interesting, texture paint designs or simply admired them from a distance, wishing you had the same. Texture paints have broadened the horizons of interior design like never before. Paint texture adds heightened interest to the most boring corners, introduces a dash of colour to a room and even highlights furniture and show pieces. The good news is that texture paint is easy to incorporate in your home. You can give your work space or your apartment an instant makeover, as long as you have your basics right. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about texture paing:
How is texture paint different from regular paint?
Texture paint consists of various resins and certain additives which, when the paint is dry, keep its texture intact. These chemicals are also highly anti-corrosive and protect the wall from UV damage, cracking and permanent staining.
What are the advantages of using texture paint?
Apart from their obvious visual advantage, texture paints protect your walls from damage. They also easily cover up cracks and uneven surfaces which regular paint doesn’t. Textured paint, especially stucco is great for old, uneven walls.
What are the different texture effects that you can achieve?
The effects that can be achieved with texture paint are several, and you need to find one that matches your sensibilities. Some of these effects include :
Stucco: This is the most common and versatile of textures. This can be used in homes and offices, in bedrooms, living rooms or cabins. Paint any one wall with Stucco texture – either the wall behind the bed, or one wall of the living room. Play it up by adding a shelf with interesting artefacts or a painting.
Mother-of-pearl: This paint has a subtle gold or greenish sheen to it and has the soft, opalescent glow of a pearl.
Sand: This has a more tactile than visual texture. Sandy textures are usually achieved with paint pre-mixed with sandy granules. The effect is rough, like sand paper and is great for ceilings, exteriors and even interior walls.
Metallic: Metallic paints have a golden or silver shine and add a touch of glamour to any space. Use this in your living room, behind the couch and complement with matte metallic cushions and contrasting upholstery.
What are some of the ways to add texture?
Some common ways to add texture include ragging, sponging and even dabbing a towel on the wet paint to leave behind its imprint.
Is it easy to do it yourself?
Yes, texturing is quite easy. You will have to smoothen the wall and remove grime and grease from it as much as possible. Next, apply the paint with a roller and give it the desired texture, moving from the outer corner of the wall towards the inside. Texture paint dries quickly and it is important to finish the entire wall in one sitting.
With all the information given here, you should be confident enough to introduce a textured wall into your home. Happy painting!