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Specialty Coatings: How to Add Texture to Your Walls

calander Jul 1 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

There are several ways to make an interior space truly stand out. You might experiment with vibrant, contrasting paint colors and accents, invest in unique furniture and decor, or rearrange the room a particular way -- another option is adding texture to your walls. When interior painting contractors discuss textured painting, they may be referring to one of two things: 1) adding visual texture to a surface via skillful brush strokes (i.e. faux finishes), or 2) adding physical texture to a surface via certain materials (i.e. specialty interior coatings). Here we’ll discuss the latter type of textured paint, revealing some different ways to add texture to your walls via specialty coatings.

Types of Textured Specialty Coatings

Choosing a textured interior house paint isn’t as overwhelming as, say, choosing paint colors, but you still have plenty of options to sift through. Generally speaking, textured coatings consist of mixtures of a specific type of paint (i.e. acrylic, oil, latex, etc.) and a type of sediment (i.e. sand, vinyl, concrete, granite, etc.). The paint might be pre-mixed or require mixing prior to application. Aside from the differences in materials, colors, and finishes, what separates one textured paint from another are the size of the particles (also known as grit or grit-size) and the optimal application technique -- some textured paints can be sprayed on (i.e. orange peel spray paint), while others are best brushed or rolled on the wall.

Contextual Texture Considerations

So, which type of textured paint is right for your walls? Ultimately the decision is yours and comes down to your personal preferences. Do you want your wall to feature textured patterns with some sense of symmetry? Would you prefer a more sporadic look with fine grains? Perhaps your room would benefit from large-grit textured walls that look and feel dynamic. If you’re unsure about what will end up looking best and standing the test of time, though, your interior painting services can help you make the right call. They might recommend painting a sample material or small area of your wall with a given option so you can get a better idea of how it might look in your space.

The Importance of Proper Application

As mentioned earlier, different types of textured paint require different application methods. Moreover, different brush, spray, and roller techniques can be used by skilled residential painting services to achieve various visual flairs. The most important thing, of course, is applying the paint properly to ensure an even coating and durable results. Priming the wall ahead of time is also key for helping the textured paint go on evenly and stay put during and after the drying process. And, of course, the paint itself must be properly mixed to ensure the textured material itself is dispersed evenly along the wall.

Adding texture to your walls with specialty coatings is a powerful way to enhance the look and feel of a room while simultaneously hiding its surface imperfections. Make sure your local interior painters have the expertise and resources to help you with your specialty coatings when the time comes. At Nash Painting, our team of experts can help you find the right textured paint for your project and deliver quality results.

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