There's a new paint product on the market that sounds almost fun to use. And it gives walls a designer look without much expense. It's brand new; it has just been made available to the consumer this fall.

This paint gives the wall a multicolor finish in two simple applications. First the wall needs a base coat of high quality, flat water-based paint. This base can be any color and any brand. For step two, roll or spray the painted surface with this new product called Spectura and, voila, multicolored flecks magically appear on the wall.Besides giving an attractive finish, the product is so simple to apply I could even do it. There is no special skill needed, nor is any training required. Well, you do have to read the instructions . . .

There are 18 pre-packaged multicolor combinations available. Even the color names are fun: woodviolet, flutterby blue and summer straw, to name just a few.

The finished product gives the wall the appearance of texture because the colored flecks create the illusion of a rough finish. It also provides a visual dimension of depth. The overall effect is subtle, though, so it can fit into the decor of just about any room in the home or office.

Starting out with an interesting base coat color can add to the Spectura finish. And to help visualize the variety of colors that might be combined, this company has a 64-page reference catalog with pictures of walls done in all the 18 Spectura colors applied over 80 different background base coats.

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The look can be bold, if the base color is strong; or subtle, if the base is more of a neutral or pastel shade. For example, it can appear to be a wall made of granite if the background is black or charcoal gray with one of the gray tone Spectura flecks applied on top.

Yes, the product is environmentally safe and user-friendly. The company says a room can be painted in the morning and lived in without offending fumes in the afternoon. It is scrubbable, too.

It seems they've thought of everything. If the wall becomes damaged, an aerosol can of the same color is available for touch-ups. Want to get creative? Buy the aerosol can for small art projects.

For further information, call 1-800-729-7656, ext. 56.

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