Interior walls with texture help make a room more distinctive. Texturizing a wall allows you to be creative, as texture application methods allow you to texturize the wall as much or as little as you want. Some methods of texturizing provide a physical texture on the wall, while others only provide a visible sense of texture.
Specially formulated texturized paint is available from some paint retailers. This type of paint is applied as an undercoat after you have primed the wall. You can paint it on as thick or as thin as you want to create the type of texture that you desire. Once the texture has been applied to the wall, you paint over it again with the color that you want your walls to be. This seals and protects the texture layer.
Drywall compound allows you to add texture to a wall. To do this, you need a special sprayer that is capable of projecting the compound onto the wall to create the textured effect. Electric or air-powered sprayers work for this purpose. The drywall compound is thinned with water to make it spray properly. After spraying, some techniques call for the compound to be left as it falls, while others let you smooth out some of the larger lumps by hand to create the desired look.
Venetian plaster also puts a physical texture on your walls. This type of product doesn't add texture as heavy as what you get when you use drywall compound. This makes it a good option for those who want to create a more subtle effect but still want their walls to stand out.
Faux-texture effects are achieved by the application of different colors onto a single wall to create the illusion of texture, even though the paint job is actually mostly smooth to the touch. This is done by applying one lighter and one darker color onto a wall to create contrast. A solid base coat is applied first. Then, a second coat is dabbed on using one of many different tools, including but not limited to sponges, twisted rags and stamps. A second coat may also be applied over the entire wall, and then portions of the wet paint are removed using similar techniques.
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