The right ideas for stucco give walls an updated appearance. The mud-like substance is often found on the outside of homes and buildings. This finishing look, however, is not limited to exterior walls. With a few tools and a bit of creativity, stucco becomes an artistic idea for a home or business.
While some home owners might choose stucco for its natural tones, you are not limited to these hues. Dye is available to mix into the mud substance prior to application. These dyes change the stucco to almost any color you want. Mix dye completely to make a constant color through the stucco, or swirl into the mix to create a multicolored wall covering. The addition of colors lets you create focus walls using a different or variant color from the other areas.
Half-walls and Sections
An alternative idea to covering an entire room or exterior is creating half-walls or singular wall sections. Cover the top half of an exterior wall with stucco and the bottom half with wood or aluminum siding. For an interior wall, cover the bottom half with stucco and the top with wall paper. A wood trim border around the center of the wall makes a smooth transition between the mediums. Choose a focus wall on the interior to cover with stucco while finishing the others in paint or paneling.
Stamping and Textures
The consistency of stucco lends itself to design stamping and textures. Press stamps intended for concrete into stucco before it dries to make patterns or designs. Use one large stamp in the wall's center, or make lines of small stamp patterns horizontally or vertically. Use a garden rake across the wet stucco for deep lines or a hair comb for shallow lines, which curve or swirl. If you have children, press their hands into the stucco to leave a reminder of living in the house.
The mud-like nature of stucco can create raised murals on interior or exterior walls. Much like a sculpture, stucco, shaped and formed on the wall, creates a scene or singular object. Use sealant, then paint to complete the project.
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