What Is Texturing?

What is texturing? A definition of the faux finish technique, texturing. Texturing can add the final touch your room needs. It's an important part of almost every home. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner...

Texturing can add the final touch your room needs. It's an important part of almost every home. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner and director of Austin School of Faux Finishes at Design Center of Austin, says there are many different kinds of texturing.


"Texturing is altering the actual surface texture with any variety of products. Texturing is more involved and difficult only because there are so many different textures. Some of the more common are Venetian plaster available in synthetic or lime or a mix of the two, many stucco's or aggregate plasters, marmorino, crackle, velvet, many pearls and metallics and more," Mark says.




As a homeowner, having to choose from the different texturing styles can be overwhelming. The website artoftexturing.com lists even more texturing styles: broken leather, broken leather laced, swirl laced, barked lace, broken swirl laced, swirl, bark, broken swirl, medusa, scroll, stipple, old plaster, and knifed plaster.

In the swirl texturing, circular patterns are drawn close together. You can think of atoms rubbing up against each other to visualize this. This texture is achieved by moving the wrist in a quick circular fashion.

With a broken leather texture, a piece of material is applied to a stipple brush. The brushed is flicked from left to right in a random manner. The paint will start to form into little mountain peaks. Lacing tools are used to smooth out these areas.

To achieve a bark texture a band of material is applied to the surface. A bark roller is used for this type of style. The roller is used to coat the wall's surface in an up and down fashion. When the material starts to firm the peaks can be smoothed using a lacing tool. This technique is best used on the walls of your home.

These are just some of the many textures that exist. Mark says texturing is a complicated process, because of this reason. However, when done right it can add a distinctive tone to your walls. Texturing is subtle yet can bring life to your walls by adding depth.

To find out about all the different textures that exist, it might not be a bad idea to buy a book on it. You can always research the internet for more information, as well.

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