You can quickly and easily add style to any room in your home by using any of several painting techniques on your walls. These techniques make any DIY paint job look like a professional one.
There are certain things you need to do before you can start any type of painting on your walls. All your supplies need to be ready. In addition, the walls need to be prepped by filling in any cracks or holes and taping off the trim and windows with blue painter’s tape. Depending on what technique you decide to use, you will also need to be sure you have some special tools as well.
Rag Painting Technique
When you paint with the rag painting technique, no paint brushes or rollers are used. Instead, you use a simple rag (such as an old t-shirt or any type of cotton rag) to apply the paint. The result is a marbled effect on your walls.
To paint with rags:
- First dip your rag into the paint, shaking off the excess.
- Dab the rag onto the wall, taking care to apply the paint in whatever pattern you’ve chosen. But be sure not to spread out the pattern too much.
- For a creative twist to this technique, try applying a darker base color first and then rag on the lighter paint color.
Sponge Painting Technique
This particular technique is used to give a wall depth and interest. Before you can begin sponging, you will first need to apply a base color to the wall.
To apply this sponge painting technique:
- Taking a regular or sea sponge, dip it carefully into the paint or glaze of your choice.
- Starting from the edge of the wall and working your way in, dab the sponge in a random pattern.
- You can either choose to only do one wall in the room or complete all the walls in the room using this sponging technique.
Color Washing Technique
This painting technique adds a subtle finish to your walls that gives the appearance of floating color. This is a good technique for those walls with flaws that you want to cover up. This technique is a little more time consuming, however. Layers must be built up in order to get the full effect of the color wash.
To color wash:
- First, paint the wall the color you’ve selected as your base color. You’ll then need to wait for it to completely dry.
- Then, with a slightly different color or a complementary color, come back and paint another layer.
- When painting this next layer, only use a paint brush. Apply the paint in all different directions, going over your strokes. In this way, the base color will show through in random areas.
- If you want an additional color to show on the wall, you can do another layer of painting this way.