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Decorative Wall Painting Techniques

"Wow! I didn't know there so many choices for decorative wall painting techniques!"

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There is little to be left unsaid in the world of decorative interior wall painting.
While over the years some of the styles or colors went in and out of style, at some point they were the favourites again.
These interior wall painting techniques can make a plain surface to look the same as marble or wood, giving it a more interesting appearance.
Whereas some of the techniques are best left to be handhed by the "pros", some other ones have an enough easy application so you can do it yourself at home.

When you say "decorative wall painting techniques" you might think of some complicated schemes that will require a team of professional painters to do it!
But...
There are simple ways of applying and manipulating paint to create a whole range of wall surface textures.

With the simplest of instructions, your imagination, and these decorative wall painting techniques you're just one step away from achieving some fresh and contemporary designs.



A Little Bit of ...Planning


A little forethought will enable you to put in practice whatever wall decor scheme you have in mind.

  • Take a good look at the position of any architectural details - doors, windows - that surround the wall you want to decorate. Any light fixtures, or electrical outlets should be considered too.
  • Don't forget to prepare your walls, so your paintwork will look at its best. All surfaces should be clean, free of grease, cracks, no holes, and primed.
  • Choice of color and design are totally yours. Take a look at all these decorative techniques, colors and put in practice what you like. These should be just a starting point.
    The rest is up to you ...and your imagination, and any of these decorative wall painting techniques will come to life.
  • Pick Your Favorite Decorative Painting Technique


    ... from all these interior wall painting ideas:

  • decorative wall painting techniquesCOLORWASHING
    Colorwashing has a soft, gently textured surface created by brushing one or two thin successive washes of diluted paint over a smooth basecoat.
    If you want to use more colors than one feel free; the wash can tone or contrast with the basecoat, and generally is a slightly darker color.

    POWER TIP!
    The colorwash dries quickly, so if you plan to tackle a big surface, you should have a second person working with you.


  • decorative wall painting techniquesSPONGING
    In this wall decorative painting technique, a sponge is used to apply one or more colors over a solid basecoat. This is a quick and easy way of giving texture to a surface; the coarser the sponge, the rougher the effect.
    Natural sponges are better because they create an uneven effect, whereas the synthetic ones will create a more regular pattern.
    It can be used in conjunction with stenciling or stripes.

    POWER TIP!
    It's an ideal technique to hide flaws in the wall, or in hard-used areas.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesDRAGGING
    This grainy effect is created by pulling or dragging a dry brush over a coat of wet paint.

    POWER TIP!
    To get this look, the lines should be continuous, so doing a whole wall can get difficult...so it might be useful to use the help of a friend!

  • decorative wall painting techniquesDRY BRUSHING
    Like some others decorative wall painting techniques, this one uses very little paint. Similar with the colorwashing, the paint doesn't totally cover the surface, and creates a more textured effect.

    POWER TIP!
    Dry brushing will bring out any imperfections in the wall, so think if it's suitable for the room you want to use it.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesSTENCILING
    Because the decorative possibilities are endless, stenciling is considered one of the most popular paint effects. Basically it's a process of repeating one motif over and over.

    POWER TIP!
    If you have a small house, use simple, stylized patterns in one or two colors. Leave the complex stencils with more than 5-6 colors for bigger spaces.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesSPATTERING
    By using this incredible simple technique, you will basically layer small dots of different coloured paint over a solid basecoat.Consistency is key element becuase if the paint is too thin, it will drip down on he wall.

    POWER TIP!
    The color of the base coat is important as this will remain the overall dominant color; spattering adds a decorative effect rather than a covering one.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesFROTTAGE
    It consists of brushing a wash onto the wall, and then with a piece of plastic or paper, scrunching it slightly over the wet paint and then lifting it away.

    POWER TIP!
    The amount of diluted paint mixture is an important step to the success of this technique. To much will make the paint dripping, and too little will not show the print at all.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesCOMBING
    This easy technique will enable you to use your imagination to create a whole variety of patterns. The basics involve pulling a comb through a paint that is still wet, for a lined effect. It works best when you use it with contrasting colors.

    POWER TIP!
    Make sure the wall you're working on is smooth, otherwise the comb will jump, miss sections, and the overall effect will be messy.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesRAGGING
    It can be done in 2 ways: RAGGING ON - when you dab a rag into paint, and then dab it on the wall, ang RAGGING OFF - when you brush paint on the wall, and then remove some of it with a rag.

    POWER TIP!
    The recommended rag to use is "chamois", for the definite print that it leaves on the wall. The chamois leather should be squeezed from time to time, as too much paint will make drips on the wall.

  • decorative wall painting techniquesVENETIAN PLASTER
    One of the most striking decorative wall painting techniques, venetian plaster could be completed only by a craftsman in the past; today, even you can achieve it!
    The first steps consist in applying the plaster with a roller or trowel two times in different directins, and smoothing any trowel marks and removing any high spots; let dry. Third step is burnishing: swiping the flat side of the trowel until you get the polish you want.

    POWER TIP!
    Plaster can be found at any art and paint store these days.


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