When drywall is installed, the fasteners and taped seams are skim coated—covered with a thin coat of joint compound, or “mud,” to level the surface in preparation for painting or papering. The same technique gets rid of textured walls. A thin coat of mud is applied over the entire wall surface, allowed to dry, and then sanded smooth. Especially bumpy walls may need more than one coat.
Above: Photograph from Durslade Farmhouse in Somerset: The New Bloomsbury?. 4. Live with it.
4. Personalize It Your kitchen should be decorated according to your personal need and desire and not just according to the latest trends. Group a bunch of artfully written recipes, beautifully captured food and personal photographs in similar frames and enjoy the comfort and warmth they add to your kitchen.
1. Historically Inspired If you have a garden, you could take a leaf out of the Greeks’ notebook and design a low stone seating area around a central attraction and plant trees and bushes around it too give it an enclosed feel, separate from the mundane life.
There you have it, five tricks to design your patio or garden area stylishly and make the most of the available space!
With the sedentary lives most people in urban cities lead, it is very hard to manage to get some good. Fresh, air and enjoy a bit of sunshine.
Skim coating a whole room is both messy and time-consuming. The job is perhaps best left to a professional who has the experience (and strategies) to keep sanding dust from infiltrating every crevice of your home.
Above: Photograph from DIY Project: Limewashed Walls for Modern Times.
2. Focus on One Aspect Kitchen walls are not kept bare usually as they are either sporting shelves, cabinets or covered by some electronics. To avoid the kitchen looking smaller than it is, try and restrict big furniture to one side of the kitchen leaving at least one wall free for you to design. Use a decal or a framed poster to make it pop.
Above: The type of texture you might want to get rid of: unsightly ridges, shown here on a ceiling (which the homeowners covered up with beadboard). See their solution at Rehab Diaries: DIY Beadboard Ceilings, Before and After.
Four ways to get rid of unwanted textured walls:
N.B.: For a product that helps cover up ugly textured ceilings, see Remodeling 101: An Easy (and Affordable) Way to Fix Ugly Ceilings.
Once the repaired surface is smooth, it can be sealed with a primer and then painted or wallpapered, as desired.
But, she warns, “adding a new surface means you’ll also have to address the issue of baseboards, if there are any. The new layer will likely protrude past the profile of your baseboards and look like a DIY gone wild.”
The other option: remove the baseboards, add some stock wood at the bottom of the wall, and reinstall the baseboards flush with the new paneling.
4. Touchable Textures If you want to add oodles of drama and pizzazz to a room, touchable, 3D textures are an amazing alternative. You can get textured wall panels in the market which are sold in sheets. You can also get the desired look by texture coating i.e. using different brush and knife techniques on wet paint and letting it dry out like that.
Freshome readers do you have textured walls in your home? We’d love to know what techniques you’ve used!
Typically, the texture is sprayed on; sometimes patterns are added, either with a soft brush or an implement like a comb, rag, or sponge. And the textures and patterns have names: For example, there’s Santa Fe (for an adobe look), “orange peel,” “knockdown,” “swirl,” and “cat’s paw.” It’s also possible to apply ready-made texture paint using a brush or roller.
In this day and age, people are getting to spend lesser and lesser time to relax within the comforts of their home.
2. Bring on the Shade One very important factor when considering outdoor seating arrangements is shade. If the area is not appropriately shaded from the sun, it may get uncomfortable. You can invest in a fabric canopy which looks wonderfully fairytale-like. You can also opt for big umbrellas on tables or attach them to the ground directly.
Your walls just became more exciting with the use of textures. Regardless of your design style, there is a texture that fits perfectly in your home. For inspiration, visit a home improvement store for do it yourself workshops and online tutorials. Many You Tube videos have been made by everyday DIY’ers, and experts that can show you how to create beautiful textured walls. Look through home décor magazines and interiors websites for more inspiration. The more ideas you gather, the better you will be able to mimic the look in your home.
That’s why you often see textured walls in rental or commercial buildings. It’s also a more durable surface than a smooth wall, and less affected by minor wear and tear. And some people still feel texture adds character: The bumps reflect light and create shadows, making ordinary walls less “boring.”
Above: Charmingly textured walls in Paris-based designer Clarisse Demory’s flat in Sofia, Bulgaria. See more in A Parisian’s Pied-a-Terre in Sofia, Bulgaria. What are textured walls?
A well decorated kitchen can be the difference between you dragging yourself there out of necessity and waltzing in to whip up your latest experiments with food. Good food is one thing we cannot do without as everyone already knows, but food always tastes better when accompanied by a great ambience. Here are a few amazing kitchen décor tips to bring out the culinary wizard in you!
3. Conversations Need Couches If you are the kind of person who entertains often or has a large family, having a large, yet intimate living design arrangement can be a big advantage. Armchairs stuffed with cushions and throws invite people to go sit and enjoy your lawn while encouraging conversation or some me-time!
These texture tricks help you to jazz up your living space a few notches higher and give your guests something to talk about when they come to visit!
“This could be less expensive than skim coating the whole room,” says Barton. “It’s probably your best choice if the texture is particularly heavy—such as the stucco look you might see in a Spanish-style home.” But note that installing new drywall also means skim-coating to cover the seams and get a smooth surface—along with all the dust that entails.
Above: In the Atelier St. George showroom in Vancouver, the walls are intentionally crumbling. Read more in Peasant Chic: Atelier St. George in Vancouver. How are textured walls achieved?
Barton herself lives with textured walls in both her home and office. “It’s not that big a deal, but it does bother me,” she says. “So I keep the light away from the walls and use neutral colors that dumb down the texture. With the right furniture, who’s going to be looking at your walls?”
Above: One option: cover up. Photograph from Lessons in Reinvention: A Victorian Girls’ School Reborn. (See also: Expert Advice: How to Use Wood Paneling to Add Loftiness to a Room.) 3. Cover the walls with another material, such as wood.
Textured interior walls (think: “orange peel,” popcorn, or swirled patterns) have a practical function, since the texture hides the signs of drywall installation—that is, the taped seams where the sheets of drywall meet—and other imperfections. “It’s cost-saving,” says Barton. “Maybe people actually liked it back in the seventies, but the reason it’s done now is to save money. It’s cheap and fast.”
In this day and age, people are getting to spend lesser and lesser time to relax within the comforts of their home. With increased working hours, traffic snarls and bad weather it is rare for someone to be able to reach home at a decent hour and make themselves a good meal. Which is why, for those rare times that you do get to enjoy your home, you must make sure it is absolutely perfect for you to just kick back and make the most out of it!
3. Rustic is In A lot of people tend to want to keep their kitchen homely and what better way than to pick simple yet versatile décor items? Slate boards make for great kitchen wall décor as you can chalk the day’s menu, positive quotes or funny artwork on it whenever you like!
Above: Photograph from DIY Project: Limewashed Walls for Modern Times. 1. Apply a skim coat.
When it comes to revamping one’s home décor, there are so many options to go for that one is spoilt for choice. The simplest no-brainer is to obviously give your home a brand new coat of shiny paint but what if you want to go down a slightly different route this time? Layers and textures have been around for a while now and they are gorgeous alternatives to slapping on paint. Because sure new paint is a big deal but newly painted, textured, walls will always be a bigger deal! Here are a few ways you can incorporate this design trick into your home!
5. Colour Schemes When deciding which colour couches to buy or what kind of furniture to invest in, it is important to take in the surrounding colours so that they blend well and look cohesive. Choose citrusy shades of green and lemon yellow or cool blue ones on teak to play up the place to its advantage.
“Get some cool artwork that distracts the eye away from the ugly texture,” Barton suggests. Another way to trick the eye: “Keep all the room’s lighting low and away from the walls.” She also recommends flat paint, as bright or glossy paint will just highlight the texture.
1. Brighten a Subdued Colour Scheme If you have chosen a monochromatic colour scheme, or one mostly painted in neutrals, textured walls are a great way to add a break to the constancy. You can opt for bold textures to contrast against the subdued backdrop and perhaps add a few similarly textured accessories to your furniture such as a rug or pillows for a unified feeling.
1. Use Colours Wisely There are certain colours in the kitchen that are difficult to change often, such as countertop or cabinet colours. While keeping those hues in mind, select a bold colour like orange or yellow to brighten up your kitchen and use it as an accent and paint the majority of the kitchen a neutral colour which goes well with the other two colour choices.
There you go! Some simple and easy to implement kitchen décor tips for your next revamp!
3. Textured Wallpaper Another option to get textured walls easily is to use wallpaper. While you may have to opt for customized wallpaper if there is a specific texture you want to go for, this solution is viable since it is mostly fuss free. Instead of using the wallpapers on just one wall, texture coating the entire room will give it depth better and set the tone a certain way.
4. Go Natural If you don’t want to choose from materials such as wrought-iron for your outdoor seating, you could definitely opt for more natural materials like wicker. Wicker chairs set a delightful mood of summer days and vacation and are perfect for curling up in with a cup of your favoured beverage.
With the sedentary lives most people in urban cities lead, it is very hard to manage to get some good. Fresh, air and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Even if there is a chance to go out, the scorching heat and complete lack of scenery makes it a hopeless task and one often returns more disgruntled than they left. But in case you already do have a garden/patio/balcony you aren’t able to use to its optimum, fear not, for we have a few brilliant outdoor living design ideas for your home!
To fix the problem, you can remove the baseboards altogether and run the paneling down to the floor. Barton suggests installing a Fry Reglet metal component that holds the bottom of the paneling just above the floor, so it looks as if it’s floating (the metal piece is almost invisible).
2. Stencils Stencils are often overlooked as something to be used just to achieve outlines while drawing but they can definitely be used to achieve textures on walls too. Hold up stencils against walls and paint over them, and you can paint in the gaps using another complementing colour or leave the base colour to show through.
“Wood paneling is gaining popularity these days,” says Barton. “Flooring companies are doing wall surfaces now with beautiful wood.” She’s also seen corrugated metal installed over drywall, and says, “if you’re into an industrial look, it can be very cool.”
There are millions of colors to choose from for your interior walls, but paint can also be enhanced dramatically with texture. Sure, a caramel tan colored wall may look nice, but once combined with a faux painting technique or a textured wall panel added behind it, the room will take on a whole new dimension! Textured walls have become a growing trend because they can take on a myriad of aesthetics from fine linen to bold geometric forms. If you are looking for a way to change your interior walls, here are a few suggestions for using textures to enhance them.
If you love your new place but don’t love the textured walls, what’s the solution? To get some options, we talked with Joan Barton, owner of Los Angeles’s Dirty Girl Construction. (She has helped us with other pressing questions in the past; see her take on 5 Things Your Contractor Wishes You Knew (But Is Too Polite to Tell You).) Read on.
When it comes to revamping one’s home décor, there are so many options to go for that one is spoilt for choice.
To many of us, the best wall is the smoothest wall you can get. Here are four ways to turn a stippled surface into a smooth one. These methods will also work with walls that are distressed in other ways (should you tire of the exposed plaster or old-wallpaper look someday).
Textured, even excavated interior walls—the sort with charmingly exposed plaster or peeled-back wallpaper—are trending. (Read: Trend Alert: The Excavated Look, 15 Ways.) Not so much the other sort of textured walls: the “orange peel,” popcorn, or faux-stucco walls that might plague your house or rental.