These days there are many new paint effects on the market to choose from, and they are as much about texture as they are about colour.
Wattyl i.d. Pearl Finish in Bewitch $115 per 4L
This is a uniquely formulated interior paint that creates a soft pearlescent finish. This elegant effect captures the rich luster of a natural pearl, leaving an effect that absorbs yet reflects light. This finish is suitable for feature walls, interior trims and wood finishes. Apply a coat of undercoat or sealer. Roll on the first coat and allow to dry. Apply the second coat with a brush in long vertical stripes or criss cross your walls for a really subtle finish.
Murobond murowash in Kohl 92 $75 per 4L
Murowash gives the weathered look that takes centuries of sun for villas and French farmhouses to achieve. Subtler than a lime wash, it is used for a finely grained, streak-free finish both inside and out. Murowash lends itself to feature as well as broad wall applications and comes in strong, vibrant colours.
This paint is best applied with a brush. For a consistent appearance the entire surface should be painted at once. Apply two coats over a primer or undercoat and try not to go too heavy on the second coat or you could dull the gorgeous flat colour.
Dulux in Seine Blue
This water-based product recreates the weathered patina of the Mediterranean and is ideal for achieving layers of shading. This criss-cross effect is a great one for bringing a flat looking wall to life. It is easy to apply as you're just using a stock standard acrylic paint.
The technique simply involves rolling on two coats of low sheen Seine Blue acrylic and then applying the top-coat in broad criss-cross strokes in Premier Blue.
Rough Plaster Effect
Porter's Fresco in Cheery Bite $34 per 1kg bag
Porter's Paints latest offering is fresco, a trowel-on plaster finish that contains marble dust. It dries super strong and, when finished with a hard-drying wall wax, has the natural depth, texture and tone of stone.
Sand over the first coat before applying the second and you'll achieve a cool plaster surface that's ideal for feature walls and entrances. It leaves a completely smooth and flat finish on your wall. Because it's an expensive product and requires a level of skill in application, consider hiring a plasterer/painter to be assured of a professional-looking result.
Things to consider:
- Brushes: A good quality brush will reward you with a better-looking and more durable finish. Generally, use natural bristle brushes for solvent-based paints.
- Rollers: These will get big jobs done faster as they apply about 3 times more paint with each stroke than a brush.
- Paintbrush Holders: Painting can be messy work. Invest in a paintbrush holder, it stops paint dripping and keeps the brush moist. It simply attaches to the side of the paint tin.
- Read the instructions on the can and make sure you have all the necessary equipment and materials assembled before you begin.
- Dip your brush 1/3 into the can and slap off any excess from the sides before you paint the wall.
- Check your work as you go, by stepping back and viewing the wall from a distance.
- Before you start work, stir the paint thoroughly with a flat stirrer and not a metal object or screwdriver, which won't mix the paint properly. Continue stirring as you work.
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