SketchUp models look much better when their surfaces get texture and color. Heiko Rech provides some useful tips through this sketchup video for applying color and texture maps to the surfaces of your sketchup models to make them beautiful as well as include detail and realism to your models.
SketchUp facilitates you to paint materials on faces. Materials basically belong to paints which contain a color and optional texture.
Once you apply materials to your model, the special abilities of SketchUp’s materials can allow you to perform various tasks like replace one material with another, edit the material, measure the quantities of materials required.
SketchUp comprises of different types of materials collections: carpet, tile, groundcover, glass, wood, and more. It is possible to generate your own material if the particular material, you are looking for is unavailable.
Within the SketchUp interface, the materials are modeled with the Paint Bucket tool and the Materials browser (Microsoft Windows) or the Colors browser (Mac OS X). The Materials or Colors browser also facilitates you to view, manage, and arrange the materials. With the Materials or Colors browser, it becomes easier to monitor the materials in your model and produce your own custom materials collections as per your projects or workflows.