You may remember the joy of texture painting on canvas as a child. Well, the appearance of textured paint can also bring a unique and eye-catching look to any surface inside or outside your home or commercial building! While ceilings tend to be extremely popular, walls and even floors can benefit from this painting method as well.

However, poorly done texturing creates quite the opposite effect. An unskilled textured paint job simply looks shoddy – at worst, the texturing can look like a mistake! With more than 20 years of experience, our expert painters know the paints and techniques to use in order to get precisely the look you’re hoping for with painting texture effects.

Types of Textured Painting

Generally, texture painting is done in one of two ways. The first is using a specially prepared paint, which will create certain texture effects. Depending on your method and tools of application, the effect can be extremely pronounced or subtle. The second method consists of applying regular paint with non-conventional objects, which results in the textured finish.

Textured Paint

As paint manufacture methods continue to become more advanced, the selection of specially formulated textured paints has grown enormously. One of the leaders in textured paints is our partner Dulux. With a wide range of stunning, high-quality textured paint types, you’ll be able to create any effect that comes to mind – and some you would not have even thought of!

The advantage of these paints is that the application is generally quicker. You can use conventional painting tools and techniques rather than the slow, careful process required when creating a texture effect with regular paint. Also, certain effects that would otherwise be extremely difficult and require extensive paint mixing are possible in one or two coats. Here are just a few examples.

Dulux Design Stone Effect

This paint convincingly creates the look and texture of stone and can be tinted to match 15 different stone colours. Just like any other paint, it is applied over primer with a roller or a brush.

Dulux Full, Medium and Fine Cover

These create what is commonly known as the ‘textured effect’ – but in differing levels of intensity. They are applied using rollers, brushes or hand mitts to get the desired effect.

Dulux Design Metal Shimmer Effect

This creates a shimmering, textural finish. It’s perfect for giving an upscale look to metal such as wrought iron or stainless steel gates. However, it can also be used on non-metal surfaces for a unique effect.

Dulux Design Rust Effect

This 2-step treatment is one of the more inventive in the Dulux stable. Extremely popular amongst the more artistic and owners of businesses such as bars and nightclubs, this gives walls a truly bold, exciting look.

Texturing by Hand

While the convenience of prepared textured paints cannot be denied, a textured application done by a skilled painter has a look and charm of its own. After adding a primer, one or more accent colours are applied with a variety of objects to create texture. Some of these techniques include:

Combing – By using a comb, a unique texture is achieved. Choosing fine or wide teeth will affect the look achieved.

Sponging – Using a sponge to dab the paint on puts a wealth of texture options at your fingertips. This is how faux-marble finishes are achieved.

Ragging – This is similar to sponging, except a balled-up rag is used, and it is rolled rather than dabbed. This is how the worn leather look is achieved.

Venetian Plastering – This advanced technique requires the application of multiple layers of tinted plaster.

Sydney’s Texture Painting Experts

Apex Painting & Decorating can create the beautifully textured look you crave to any surface you desire. Specialising in customised solutions, we use multiple methods to fit your timeline, budget or appearance needs. Our Dulux textured paints come with a 7-year warranty. Contact us today for a free consultation!

What are the four types of textures?

In art, the four types of painted textures are actual, simulated, abstract, and invented. In professional painting, the first two are the most common.

How do you make textured paint?

Textured paint is usually made by adding certain additives to the paint. Like Dulux’s line of textured paints, the additives may already be present. Sometimes you must add the additives to paint yourself, and yet other times the additives and paint are applied to the surface separately.