Textured paint has traditionally been used to cover or minimize imperfections. However, in the past few years, it has also emerged as a design trend that is often used to create interest and originality in what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill paint project. This type of paint provides so many options that your imagination is the only limitation to what you can do with it.
There are many varieties to choose from. Some people stir sand into cans of paint to create the desired roughness or texture. Although beach sand is sometimes used, it contains dirt and other impurities that can affect the look of the final product. Silica sand, which can be purchased at an Atlanta area hardware store, is the best type of sand to use for a consistent and professional-looking result.
Some paints have sand or sand-like substances already added to them. Because of their grittiness, these premixed products are particularly good for painting ceilings. In addition, there are pre-mixed spray paints available in textured versions, such as stone-like finishes, that are useful for painting various types of surfaces ranging from wicker and glass to metal and plaster.
Some textured paints have a smooth finish. With these products, the paint is applied to the desired surface and other objects are then used to create a textured effect. For example, you can dip a sponge into the paint and then apply the sponge to the wall, creating a swirl effect. The bottom edge of a glass can also be used to create a circular effect on the wall. In addition, special brushes can be used to create a "comb" effect on the desired surface.
Textured paint offers several advantages. It helps to hide imperfections in drywall and other building materials by camouflaging flaws and defects. In addition, when rough textured paint is applied to slippery surfaces like steps or floors, it makes them less slick, and therefore reduces the probability of falls or accidents.
This paint treatment has also grown in popularity as a design tool. It can be used to produce artistic effects that are both creative and unusual. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to make an original design statement, this may be the answer. Depending on the complexity of your project, it may require patience to get the desired effect.