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In continuing our interior surfaces blog series, we take a look at the details involved in texturing walls. Before reading further, if you missed our first blog about interior surfaces, you can read about your walls, what they’re made of and how to care for them, along with options for covering your walls such as with paint or wallpaper.
The process of texturizing walls can provide a new feel to your Olympia or Tacoma home. Benefits to adding texture before painting include both practical and aesthetic finishes. It is also a great way to personalize your home style.
Since walls can be adorned with a finish that appeals to you, the design of your space can be as unique as you’d like it to be. While there are many options and benefits to adding texture before painting, there are practical measures that go along with adding texture.
Adding texture to your walls can add visual appeal and depth to your space. There are many ways to do this, so be sure to select the method that best suits your needs and preferences. You may want to consider hiring a professional for this job, or you could try it yourself with a few simple supplies. In this article, we discuss the benefits as well as your options to add texture to your walls.
Benefits of Texturing Your Walls
Creating a one-of-a-kind look through texture has many benefits for any homeowner. Visual appeal is one of the major benefits of adding depth to your space through texture. This is especially true if your surfaces have slight imperfections. Drywall seams, dents, nail holes, and other surfaces are amplified by a smooth surface finish. Textured walls can hide imperfections.
Textured walls are easier to finish and can be completed more quickly than a smooth finish. This means redoing a room or adding an addition to your home can be completed by your contractor in less time if you choose a textured wall finish. With a shorter project timeline from start to finish, you can get back to enjoying your home’s updated or new space in less time.
Noise reduction is another practical benefit of textured walls. Sounds tend to bounce around in a room with flat surfaces. Textured walls help to absorb some of that noise, making for a quieter and more relaxing environment.
Take these benefits into consideration when deciding if adding texture to your walls is right for you. With the many options available, there may be a textured finish that is low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing to you. Here are some of the main ways texture can be added to your surfaces.
Option One: Dry Wall Mud and Texture Coating
Drywall mud or joint compound can be used to add a textured finish over smooth, painted walls or wallpapered walls. This look can easily be created by applying the mud mixed with water to your surfaces with a drywall knife, roller, or spray depending on how much you want to build up the texture.
Option Two: Stucco
This option is best for adding texture to concrete or masonry walls as it needs a bonding agent to hold onto. While stucco is often used on the exterior of a home or building, it can be used on interior walls as well.
The key to stucco is creating rough surfaces that your final coat of stucco can bind to in order for your surfaces to hold the stucco, without it chipping away. While this method takes more practice, it can be applied in a variety of ways, including spraying, troweling, or brushing. Stucco is best applied by a professional who has experience working with the material and has the proper tools and safety gear to work with stucco.
Option Three: Rag Rolling
This is a simple method for adding texture to walls that are already painted and to which you’d like to add extra pop. Using the same paint color currently on your wall, your painting contractor will use a damp rag bunched up and will blot paint onto your walls to create a textured finish.
Adding texture to your walls is a great way to add personality and style to your home. By using one of the methods we have discussed, your painting contractor can add texture to your walls in a way that is both practical and beautiful. Be sure to choose the method that best suits your needs and preferences and enjoy the results!
Once your walls have been textured, you will want to preserve your surfaces with a fresh coat of paint. Making home improvement updates is both fun and important for homeowners from both a maintenance and an enjoyment perspective.
Flying Colors Painting has developed relationships with homeowners in Olympia and Tacoma and has been trusted over the last 40 years to care for homes in our neighborhoods. For a free consultation and to discuss what finishes we can provide to transform your home, contact us!