Texturing a wall is another decorating option that a lot of people forget to consider. Texturing can make a bold dramatic statement, turning a plain wall into a striking part of the overall design. Every time when we want to give a new look to our dirty walls or to hide the patches, we generally get them painted or hang some pictures or lights to brighten them. Then decorating your home with expensive and exquisite furniture and artefacts has seemed bleak and uninviting. Texturing the wall is the easiest and innovative way to add visual interest to your home.
Colour adds depth and visual interest to the walls of a room, but texture offers a different, more nuanced look. Using both colour and texture together can provide a rich, interesting look for your living space. Texturing is more exciting than paint, less expensive than wallpaper! Textured wall gives any room a warm, sophisticated new look.
A variety of textured rollers are available in the market these days. Besides working with rollers, interesting effects can be created using different techniques. For that you need to prepare the wall with a base coat. “The texture is applied on the second coat in a colour that is either lighter or darker according to the desired effect,” informs interior designer Ritika Sood.
Textures can be created with artificial finishes, such as rag rolling, combing, and use of dry brush or sponging.
Dry brush: Use a roller to apply paint on a wall. To allow the background colour to show through remove some of the paint with a stiff bristle dry brush. This can be done in a continuous vertical or horizontal motion.
Rag rolling: Rag rolling makes a feathery texture. Dilute the paint and dip a cotton rag into it. “Squeeze the extra paint and press it against the wall. Keep dipping the paint, when required. You have the option to use another colour when the first coat is dry,” suggests Ritika.
Sponging: Sponging leaves a soft, cloud-like effect. Dip a sponge in the paint and lightly press on the wall. Make sure that some part of the undercoat remains visible. Keep the edge of the area wet as you move on to the next patch. This way you can use your creativity and artistic sense.
Combing: Use a rubber comb to craft this texture. Apply paint on the wall with the help of the roller and drag your comb in one continuous motion. Make zigzags or swirls to give extraordinary effect.
Rough textured finishes can be achieved by using Plaster of Paris and Wall Putty.
Plaster of Paris (POP): before starting makes sure that all cracks are filled and lumps sanded down. Apply a primer coat of cement and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Make a smooth paste of POP (quantity must be less as it dries very fast) adding any white glue and water in the ratio of four parts water to one part of glue. The consistency should be like a thick cake batter. Start working immediately. Lay it on with a trowel with short sideways movements to break any air bubbles. Once the surface is totally covered, stroke it to give a smooth finish.
Wall Putty: It works best when applied to thin layers and because it dries slowly one gets chance to do detailing contrary to POP. When it is completely dry, apply a coat of primer to seal it before it can be painted. Pour Putty in a bucket and add enough water to get a cake batter-like consistency. Add oil paint to it and work in the same way as for the plaster.
Create texture in a wide assortment of ways: use old paintbrushes, wallpaper brushes or sponges to stroke or swirl texture on the wet surface; use your fingers to make all kind of designs; use stencils to apply pre-created designs. One fun idea is to have your children make handprints and footprints in the wet surface.
For the look of an urban-touch apartment, use brick or stone appearance to cover one wall. This method is particularly effective for basements and other areas with coal block walls. If real stone or brick is not appropriate for the room, try a faux brick finish, as brick gives a rustic look.