How to Decoratively Finish a Wall?
Have you ever wondered why some homes/offices feel like plain white boxes when you first move in? Boring! Devoid of any real architectural interest, even after painting and furnishing, there is still something missing. In that case, have you ever thought of adding a different touch? How about we suggest you a few intricate yet easy wall-texturing ideas— something beyond the regular faux finishing that looks like a texture, but the real deal you can feel with your hands. In whatever way you do, you can still achieve an appealing look for your interior with wall textures.
Let me take you through some of my favourite wall texturing ideas — Let the texturing begin
While it is different from sponging (A popular form of wall texturing) combing is much easier. The sole reason why combing is easier is because your base coat is completely dry and you’re only working with over coat or glaze. Apply a thin layer of glaze to the wall and drag or “comb” a special brush through the glaze creating the desired pattern. Begin at the top and drag the combing tool from top to bottom with a firm stroke. You can also drag the combing tool from left to right.
A swirled texture is a particularly attractive wall finish because it has a more decorative look than other textured finishes. While the swirled effect is typically achieved with joint compound, you can use other materials and create different patterns depending on the look that you prefer. Swirled patterns could be of various kinds’ random & sand swirls being some of most popular textured wall ideas. Swirls are generally achieved through Perlite paint, which is a primer with sand mixed into it, so it has visible texture when applied to the wall. But you can give your walls additional texture by making swirls with the paint.
3. Slap Brush
Slap brush texture is the process of using a crow’s foot, panda paw or stomp brush to add a stippled look onto your freshly mudded walls and ceilings. Dabbing the brush over your wet mud will give you a distinctive finish while at the same time adds depth to the surface that the texture is being applied to. Some people also use slap brushing to hide imperfections that a wall or ceiling may have. A regular type brush can be used just as long as its fairly wide (4″ or so) and has long enough hairs or filaments. Working with the proper brush is easier though and will give a more consistent look to your walls or ceilings. Place your crows foot, panda paw, or slap brush onto an extension handle and begin slapping, stamping, shaking, twisting or lightly sweeping. Each style used along with the amount of pressure applied will give you a different look on your finished surface.