Brush Painting vs. Roller Painting

Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York / Middletown NJ

Brush Painting Roller Painting, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Middletown NJ

Many of our clients’ older homes will specify to have their ceilings and walls brushed on instead of rolled on, using a paint roller. As the paint roller is a modern invention, post-war, it produces its signature look of a light stipple or smooth orange peel. We find this application of brushing using large, wide brushes to yield interesting and subtle results. While it is a vastly more historically appropriate finish, it lends itself well to creating a unique country home look with a slightly rustic influence. Whether or not doors and woodwork should be brushed or rolled out, we always say brushed unless the door is a completely flat panel, then perhaps yes.