Paint Effects and Specialist Plaster

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Specialist Venetian Plastering

Venetian Plastering

This is a type of Italian style polish plastering whose origins date back to the Roman Empire, so will add a little history to your home. If the polish is carried out correctly, the end result is of a beautiful, high gloss finish that resembles marble in both strength and texture. The substance is made from slaked lime, marble dust, and/or marble chips, and was originally used in sections of a room such as on columns, corbels, and curved walls, where it would be too difficult to install marble itself. Today Venetian plaster has become incredibly popular, and is used to decorate entire rooms as although it is a little pricey, it creates the appearance of marble without completely breaking your wallet.

Specialist Paint Effects

Sandstone

This is one of the easiest paint effects to apply, as it goes onto the wall in the same way as traditional paint. It has a sandy texture and granular appearance, and is slightly raised to create a gritty, rough surface that can look brilliant.

Brushed suede

Brushed Suede is a velvety finish that is achieved by applying the paint onto the wall on top of a base layer, in a continuous series of overlapping Xs. This will create variations in the colour tone and adds varying layers of texture to the wall. It’s smooth look creates a cosy and inviting atmosphere, but be sure to not use this technique in a high trafficked area, as the paint can be easily scratched or damaged, and it is difficult to fill in as he new paint may not blend effectively.

Strié/Linen Weave

French for ‘streaky’ or ‘streaked’, Strié is lovely paint effects that is intended to mirror the look of centuries-old paint altered by things such as dust and sun. It is very easy to achieve in comparison to other paint effects, but the only thing that you need to be careful about is not to add too much water to the paint and to do it carefully but quickly, so that the paint does not have time to dry. Unlike suede, strié is a brilliant effect to have in high trafficked areas, as it is easy to wipe clean. It might therefore be a good idea to use it in places such as a child’s bedroom. Linen weave is created using a similar technique, but rather than just layering the paint in vertical straight lines, the paint is drawn across vertically as well. To soften the look, you can brush with a dry paint brush after you have applied the paint, but make sure you go in the same direction as you have already gone in.

Crackle

Crackle is a type of finish that is made to replicate the cracks that sometimes appear on old walls and furniture, where the paint has been layered on to thickly and has begun to separate from the under-coat. This finish is incredibly popular, and it is easy to see why. It gives the impression that the furniture has had a full and interesting life, whilst also looking beautiful as well.

However, to get crackle on an authentic piece, you will have to spend a lot of time searching through antique shops and markets, and might not be especially happy with the furniture that has crackle present on it. In addition, you may come into contact with dust or chips from lead-based paint, which was a common and toxic ingredient in early paints. Painting the crackle on yourself is brilliant as it eliminates these risks, and means that you can apply the crackle wherever you want. You can therefore get this lovely, textured, aged effect, without all the hassle that come with buying furniture that has aged naturally.

Sponge Painting

Sponge painting is one of the easiest painting effects that you can achieve on your wall, producing wonderful results even if it is not done by a professional. It can transform a bland white wall into a panel of colour, as you can use as many different hues as you wish. Just be sure to practice on another hard surface before you start painting your wall, so that you can experiment with colour combinations and practice using the sponge. If you do make any mistakes when applying the paint onto the wall, such as making one area too light, this should not be a problem as sponge as sponge painting is very forgiving. Simply add more paint to the desired area, layering each shade to create depth and texture.

Colour Wash

This is another easy and popular technique that is one of the paint effects that many first time decorators decide to try. It is produced by thinning the paint that you are going to apply to your wall with glaze, so that there is a ‘wash’ of colour rather than it being bold and distinct.

Ragging

This is a simple painting technique that requires the use of a rag to put the paint on the wall, and gives the impression of shifting colour density. In comparison to some of the other paint effects, this one is also quite simple.

Stippling

Stippling is ‘the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots’, and can be very useful when used as a paint effect. This is due to the fact that each of the little dots rise slightly out of the wall, casting a slight shadow. Although this can make the room look darker, it also helps to hide any imperfections that can be found on the wall, so is one of the best paint effects if you are having this problem.

Stencil

Stencils are always brilliant for creating an interesting paint effects, and it is no different when it comes to painting your home. These can be purchased from most good hardware shops, or could be a fun DIY job for you and your family.