Textures,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Specialty Painting

Interior painting extends well beyond putting one color on top of another. There are many ways you can paint to give a wall or surface texture or other types of faux finishes. Let’s consider the options in this article.

Faux (French for imitation or artificial) painting is not new. However, it has become a popular trend in interior design recently. Faux paints are fun, interesting and beautify your home in a way that makes it unique. Faux finishes may be smooth or textured. They can give your walls a chalky or grainy look or be smooth as silk with a satin sheen. You might like one of the following:

• Marbling faux finishing is a luxurious look and can be done in a variety of colors. It usually has a basic understated background but then reveals veins of white or a complementary color with perhaps some cloudiness. You should limit yourself to three or four colors. Start by applying a ‘middle shade’ according to the color palette you have chosen. This would be the base coat. Then using a variety of tools, layer on the other colors with sponges and blot. Take your time! Marbling is a true work of art.

• Variations on marbling include fantasy marble using resins and metallics and applying one atop the other all while wet or reverse marbling, which is a dark stone-like color with veins of white or something light.

• Silk faux finishing is another opulent look. Start by choosing a base color then find the metallic glaze to complement the tint. Be sure to set aside three days to complete the task and have all your materials ready in advance. Then start by painting two coats of the base color and letting it dry completely each time. Then mix the paint and glaze together with a ratio of 2 to 1 – mixing thoroughly. Finally, add the color one stripe at a time and then use a wallpaper brush to spread the color. Take your time to ensure you get the best results.

Specialty painting of interior home walls makes your home one-of-a-kind. Before you begin, we suggest you speak to an expert in interior painting. The professionals at University Painters, Inc. are available to do an interior inspection and quote at your convenience.