Painting your house is a big decision you are going to have to live with for years to come. Therefore, it is something that deserves some serious thought, professional advice, and research. Luckily, you are not alone in this endeavor; we decided to put this post together to help you. Read on, picture it all in the walls of your home and make an informed, wise decision.
Normal vs. textured
Let´s start from the beginning to say what each type of paint is. First, let´s talk about normal paint. This is what humans have been painting houses with for centuries. You can choose many different types of finishes, like gloss or matte, or even mix them. The results can be great, awesome even, but they will always be 2D, there´s no texture. This means that the wall will remain completely flat after the paint was applied. All imperfections, if any, will be visible.
Textured paint, on the other hand, is more than just painting a flat wall. It involves some techniques to generate 3D landscapes that can then give a certain desired aspect to the room(s). The amount and diversity of techniques grow continuously because more and more people are choosing to give three dimensions to their paint jobs. This makes room for endless innovation through experimentation.
Pros and cons of textured paint vs. normal paint
Maintaining a texture paint job is harder than a regular one. For example, if one of your kids decides to make a masterpiece on the kitchen wall, you can just repaint that bit. If it is texture paint and it accidentally chips or breaks, you have to redo the whole section. On the other hand, when applied to one wall, it can transform the entire room into something else.
A texture paint job is way more time consuming than a regular paint job. The basis of many of the techniques includes more tools than just a brush and masking tape. Plus, it has to be finished the same day it was started. On the other hand, you have up to ten textures to choose from in most cases.
Where to apply textured paint?
Textured paint is great for walls that have some kind of problem you can´t simply paint on. For example, filling holes from previous owners in your new house can prove to be a challenge. More so if a part of the drywall has gone missing. Instead of removing the entire drywall and doing it again, you can definitely do a texture paint job on it and make sure nobody ever sees that crack again. That being said, textured paint is better for rooms with not so much traffic. Once the finish is damaged, it is very difficult to fix a little section and make it look like nothing happened. Also, bear in mind that most texture paint jobs are done on the same day to avoid preparing the mix more than once. The reason is that it never looks the same the second time.
While it is true that textured paint does change a room completely, it involves extra effort and care. If you are willing to go the extra mile, combining normal and textured pain can turn your house into that unique paradise you always wanted.