Decorative Wall Painting Techniques

Faux Wall Painting Methods that Can Add Unique Character to a Room

By Mark J. Donovan

Simply rolling on a fresh coat of wall paint is not your only option for jazzing up a room when it comes to painting.

There are many decorative wall painting techniques that you can employ that can add both texture and character to a room or home.

In addition, a number of decorative wall painting techniques allow you to be creative and add your own unique personal touches to a room when painting it.

Decorative wall painting is also perfect for hiding imperfections in old unsmooth wall surfaces.

Some of the most common types of decorative wall painting techniques include stenciling, stamping, sponging, ragging, stippling, paper crinkling and pouncing.

As the names suggest the tools required for applying these types of wall painting methods are very basic, e.g. a stencil, paper, brush, sponge, stamp or rag.

One of the great advantages of decorative wall painting is that it is rather free form, and consequently little skill or experience is required. Many decorative wall painting techniques are also quite forgiving so you can go back and easily fix or touch up your work.

Decorative wall painting is usually done after applying a fresh coat of base paint to a room. If the room has never been previously painted a primer should first be applied to the walls.

Once the base coat of paint has had time to fully dry, you can then begin to do some decorative wall painting.

Prior to applying a decorative wall paint make sure to tape off around window and door trim and any other surfaces you do not want to inadvertently paint.

Creating faux effects such as making your walls look like they are made of plaster or suede can also really make your room stand out.

You can easily learn how to create these seemingly difficult finishes at your local paint store. Paint bases that automatically give a suede or textured effect to the walls are a shortcut that even artists use to create fun finishes.

To sponge or rag a wall all you need to do is dip your sponge or rag into your paint of choice and then lightly blot your sponge or rag over the painted wall surface.

You can also swirl the sponge or rag to obtain a different look or texture. If after the decorative wall paint has dried you are unhappy with the results you can simply paint over it with your base paint color and start again with another faux painting method.

With stamping and stenciling decorative wall painting, typically a pattern is applied as a border near the top, mid section, and/or along the edges of the wall or a doorway opening.

Crinkle paper decorative wall painting simply requires some scrunched up tissue paper or old newspaper. After painting a section of wall surface, immediately go back over it while the paint is still wet, and with the crinkled paper lightly blot the wall surface. As with any type of free-hand decorative wall painting technique its best to work in one corner of a wall and work your way outwards.

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