Painting your home gives it a refreshing new look that is not as easily achieved by other decorative measures. However, in addition to giving your home its new paint makeover, you can also spice things up with some interesting and beautiful decorative paint techniques. There are many looks you can achieve that are cost-effective whilst still being impressive. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the task if you are not an experienced artist, even beginners can achieve gorgeous results with some of our decorative painting technique tips below:
Before you get stuck into your new project, it can help to do some practice runs on a piece of cardboard. Decide which colours you would like to use on your walls, and also which technique you are going to be using. Practicing your chosen technique will give you the confidence you need to tackle the main walls you will be decorating.
Sponging is a beautiful and affordable way of bringing your newly painted walls to life. You can start by playing around with various colour combinations on a piece of cardboard. It is always best to stick with colour combinations from the same colour family. Visit your local hardware store and browse through the various paint and glaze options to determine which will work well together. It is best practice to steer clear of deep contrasts such as navy and purple, especially if you are going to be painting a larger wall area. Always keep in mind the way your newly painted walls will be viewed from a distance, noting that two different colours could result in something unexpected. This is why it is best to choose, for example, a pale yellow paint with a slightly deeper yellow glaze. The next most important thing about this technique is the type of sponge you will use. Most DIY stores will sell paint sponges . The texture of the sponge is important as you will not want a sponging effect that is too condensed. Although plastic sponges are cheaper, they will not give you the same natural, soft effect that sea sponges will.
There are two techniques that you can use when sponging – sponging on and sponging off. Follow these tips to get the optimum results:
- With sponging on you simply paint the base coat onto your surface first, and then use a sea sponge to gently apply the glaze. The only problem with this technique is that it is not easy to correct the negative effect it may have if you are too heavy-handed and sponge on too much glaze.
- The sponge-off technique is much more effective and is also more easily controlled than the sponge-on technique. With sponging off, you will first paint the surface of your choice, and then lightly apply a layer of glaze. Dampen your sea sponge and lightly roll it over the glaze to remove some of it and create a beautiful effect. The good thing about this technique is that if you remove too much glaze you can remedy the problem by rolling on some more.
Colour washing is a wonderfully simple and fun way to create a plaster-like effect on walls. To successfully execute this technique, prime and paint your walls as you usually would. Purchase a glaze that is a complementary colour or from the same colour family as your newly painted wall. Wait for the base paint on your wall to dry and then use a clean, new paintbrush to apply the glaze onto the wall in a random fashion. Try not to be too calculated when stroking the glaze onto the wall, the charm of this effect is its criss-cross and quirky patterns. The trick with colour washing is to work with a dry brush whose tips have been dipped in the glaze, working quickly and in a free fashion. For softer brushstrokes go back over the newly completed area and pat it gently with a damp cloth.
Tape and paint
To create an exciting feature wall or area of your home, all you need are two colours of paint and some low tack masking tape. Choosing two colours from the same family is usually most ideal and will prevent the space looking like a circus tent, as it would if you chose two contrasting paints . For example, you can choose a navy blue to go with a beautiful light blue colour, which can create an excellent statement wall in your home. You can also go with different shades of grey, green or earth tones. Simply measure regular intervals and place the tape either vertically or horizontally so that you can paint the required stripes.
Bought decorative paint techniques
If you are nervous to tackle these do-it-yourself painting projects , then you can always look into purchasing some stencils and wall art for your home. These are generally easy to apply and can create a stunning effect.
Nowadays there are many exciting varieties of paint that you can use that will create breath-taking effects simply by being applied! There are paint finishes that emulate the look of suede and leather and you can even buy metallic and textured paints. Even one wall painted in your living room with a gorgeous suede finish will have your guests impressed for years to come.
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