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Cement rendering your walls can freshen up your home and add an instant makeover, however, some people want to go an extra step and add some colour or texture to their rendered surfaces. There are three main ways to add colour to your cement rendering:

  • Option 1: Paint over the rendered wall
  • Option 2: Adding coloured paint to the first coat of rendering
  • Option 3: Add acrylic-coloured render to the first coat of the base coat render

Continue reading to discover how to add a pop of colour or texture to your rendered walls.

Painting Rendered Surfaces

Equipment Needed

Having the right equipment on hand will make the job of painting your rendered walls much easier. Here are some of the essential tools you’ll need:

  • Bucket of water
  • Paintbrush/paint roller
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Masking tape
  • Paint mixer
  • Protective plastic sheets or old bedsheets to protect the surroundings
  • Sponge
  • Trowel

Steps to Painting a Rendered Wall

Step 1) Place plastic sheets on the ground to prevent getting paint on the floor.

Step 2) Clean the rendered surface by removing any debris or spiderwebs.

Step 3) Place tape around the edges of the surface you want to paint, to protect the surrounding areas from getting paint on them.

Step 4) Prepare your paint by mixing it.

Step 5) Start from the edges and work your way in.

Step 6) Complete a whole section of the wall at a time, so that your finish is smooth.

Step 7) Allow the first coat of paint to dry for two hours.

Step 8) Apply the second coat of paint.

Coloured Render or Painted Render?

Coloured Render


  • Easier to work with (no need to clean the rendered surface)
  • Contain materials that stop mould growth for up to 5 years
  • More durable than painted render
  • Better ability to breathe which reduces moisture on your walls


  • More expensive than painted render
  • Designed to mix with natural materials (limited finish options)

Painted Render


  • Less expensive than coloured render
  • More finish and design options


  • More work is required before applying paint on the rendered surface
  • Not as durable as coloured render
  • Susceptible to mould growth in wet weather conditions

Textured Rendered Surfaces

It is possible to add textured and decorative finishes to your rendered surface (also known as texturing). One of the easiest and most effective ways to achieve texture is to mix some sand in with your render or paint. Adding a textured finish not only makes your rendered surfaces stand out but also offers insulation and is low maintenance.

Ways to Add Different Textures to Your Rendered Surfaces

Textured finish: Adding sand to the final coat of cement rendering can add a natural texture to the surface.

Trowel finish: Skimming a trowel over the rendered surface to make a smooth and dense surface.

Sponge finish: Sponging or mopping the rendered surface with a damp sponge to achieve a sponge-textured finish.

Roughcast finish: Achieved by throwing or flicking sand or various materials on the rendered wall. Results in a rough and rustic look.

Bagged/patterned finish: Rub damp hessian onto the surface to create patterns.

Concrete/Polished finishes: Concrete finishes can be brought which results in a polished, smooth look.

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