If you're planning to repaint the living areas of your home, then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of paint colours, styles and finishes that are available on today's market. Narrowing your choices down can be achieved by firstly deciding on the look and overarching style you'd like to create.
A popular trend in modern interior design is an edgy and urban look that is created by adding paint to a textured surface such as concrete, timber or brickwork. If you like this look but your walls are all made from flat and unremarkable plasterboard, you may think that you'll have to rethink your preferences. Fortunately, you can get the look you love by choosing one of these two fantastic textural interior paints.
1. Copper patina effect paint
Copper has been a big player in most areas of interior design in recent years. From benchtops through to light fittings and tapware, people have been embracing the timeless beauty that aged copper provides. This trend has also extended to the walls, and you can recreate the gorgeous mix of metal and oxidised aqua with a copper patina effect paint.
This effect requires two coats of paint. The first coat is a thick layer of a metallic copper effect paint. Once this is dry, a layer of the patina effect paint is added over the top. As this coat dries, it colours and cracks, revealing the bright copper underneath. This may sound simple enough, but it's important to use a professional interior painting contractor to get the best results.
2. Sandstone effect paint
If you love the look of the old sandstone walls that are found in period homes around the world, then sandstone effect paint is a great option. This will give your walls a subtle texture that will add character and old-fashioned charm to your home's living spaces.
The easiest way to do this is to use a sandstone effect paint that has small granules of stone incorporated into the mix. This can simply be applied to your wall in two coats; make sure that the base coat is thoroughly dry before adding the second coat.
For a more authentic and heavily textured look, you can opt for a base layer of a resin-based paint that has particles of sandstone in it. Once dry, you then add one or two coats of regular interior paint in your preferred colour over the top. While not as tricky as the copper patina effect paint to apply, unless you're very experienced, it's best to leave this up to the professionals, too.