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Consider These Five Alternatives to Simple Interior Painting

Paint is a cost-effective way to change up and freshen the look of your home. But there are several alternatives that may go along with your interior painting.

Create a Texture

By far the most common texture found in homes across America is called orange peel. A texture compound is sprayed on before the initial paint to help hide flaws in the wall’s surface. More “a-peeling” however are finishes such as Santa Fe or Venetian plaster. These are easily painted and hide flaws but with a designer look.

Stone or Exposed Brick

If vintage or industrial style is what you are looking for, you might enjoy the look of exposed brick. The area around real or faux brick is plastered or a German smear may be done. In some cases, the column of an old chimney may be exposed and used as a focal point. Likewise, stone can be used in the same way.

The Wood Look

Wood paneling is commonly found in residences from the 1970s and 1980s. Today’s version is called shiplap and is an in-demand look that doesn’t seem to be losing steam. Beadboard is also an acceptable option. With the trend toward rusticity, reclaimed wood is another popular alternative to interior painting.

Tile and Glass

Marble, subway, or mosaic glass tile – we have seen it all and interior design shows never seem to run out of ideas for their use. Tile and glass definitely have their place in showers and baths, backsplashes by ovens and sinks, and on the hearth of a fireplace.


That is right – wallpaper has made a comeback in a big way. Big patterns, that is. Bold metallic geometrics or florals in bright hues are gaining ground. But a little goes a long way so they are most often used to highlight just one wall or area.

Many of these ideas go hand in hand with interior painting, so calling a professional painting company is a good idea. They can help you coordinate paint with your other options and put an expert finish on your painted surfaces.

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