Making your home a work of art can be as simple as painting the walls using different techniques to achieve different effects. Many people are familiar with the sponge paint technique, but most don’t realize that that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Below are just some techniques you can use to beautify your walls without putting holes in them!
If you have a design in mind that is complex or repetitive, stencils are a great option. You can make your own, buy one and move it around the wall at your discretion, or buy ones designed to move across the wall while fitting together like a puzzle. You can even stencil just one as a focal point on the wall!
The sponge technique is an oldie but a goodie. Start with at least 2 colors, one for the base and one for the texture (remember when choosing a base color that it will show through the texture!) Apply the base color old-fashion and let dry. Once that’s dry, you get to have fun – dip the sponge in the texture color(s) and use as a stamp all over the wall. You cab dab, rub, or drag the sponge across the wall to create different effects (or a mixture of effects) until you reach your desired outcome.
The rag works a lot like a sponge, except you use a rag or plastic bag instead. With this technique, though, you paint the base color, let dry, then paint the glaze or texture color over it; while the top coat is still wet, use the rag (or bag) to remove some of the paint to show the base color (crumple, roll, or ball up the rag or paper to create different effects).
This effect requires a specialized stipple brush comprised of coarse bristles that you press in to the wet top coat creating a very fine texture, almost like velvet. DO NOT drag the brush, instead, move it around the wall in a random pattern up and down.
Almost like stippling, drag refers to dragging a brush with coarse bristles through the wet top coat in order to create textured lines in any direction you wish.
This effect is not meant to be used on whole walls but rather parts that are likely to be naturally worn down, such on doors or near handles. Paint, let dry and get to work with some sand paper!
This technique is exactly what it sounds like: you frame a part of the wall with a different paint color. You can find tutorials and stencils online for this, or you can get creative and design it yourself. It can frame a picture, a painting, or absolutely nothing!
My favorite and most simple painting technique of all time: two-tone! This can be done a few different ways. You can paint a room with a different colored accent wall; you can create a “chair rail” by painting the tops and bottoms of the walls different colors; you can also paint stripes on a wall with the help of a little extra painters tape (and maybe a level!)
- Trompe L’oeil
This advanced-level painting technique creates the illusion of the painted object as being 3D... definitely not meant for amateurs!