Faux Painting Techniques and Styles

Faux painting techniques are seen everywhere from interior design magazines to the ever-popular home improvement shows on television. Interior walls are not only being colored with a flat coat of paint; more and more homeowners have incorporated decorative painting techniques into their design plans. The results are amazing.

Some of the popular techniques include: ragging, sponging, marbleizing, aging, and Venetian plastering. Determining which technique perfectly complements your room will require some research and a little homework.

Whether you are creating a Tuscan-style kitchen, a living room with a Moroccan flair, or a tranquil bathroom based on your favorite spa; a decorative painting technique can help you capture the exact look you envision. The following descriptions of techniques will get you started:

Ragging: This will create the alluring effect of layering many shades of your color palette. This process takes two or more colors. Select a base color and paint the wall or area that you have chosen for this technique. Once this base color completely dries, it's time to start the actual ragging. Take a rag and bunch it up into a ball. Dip it into your other selected paint colors, wring out the rag so there is no dripping and apply it to the wall as you rotate and blot in a random fashion.

Sponging: This technique is similar to ragging, but the holes of the sponge create a textured finish with an end result that looks almost like fabric. Paint the wall with your chosen base color. Once it's completely dry, use one or two other colors (or shades of the same color) and dapple the paint on with the sponge. It's wise to paint a test area first to decide the exact amount of sponging you desire before you sponge paint the actual wall. For best results, use a natural sea sponge.

Venetian Plastering: This technique gives an old-world appearance with cracks, flaws, and imperfections that have the charm and aged beauty of an Italian palazzo. The process entails three layers of tinted plaster. The layers create the distressed detail. There are many Venetian plastering kits in the marketplace that will help you accomplish this style. Consult a paint specialist.

Easy Color Combination Choices

It may seem overwhelming at first, but there are some tips to help you choose the best color palette for your home.

  • Decide which colors you don't like, it will help reduce your choices.
  • Narrow your palette down to warm or cool colors.
  • Consider the natural light entering the room.
  • Pull colors from something in the room such as sofa, carpet, drapes, etc.
  • Consult with your paint contractor on pairing colors.

Pairing colors is as easy as understanding the hues that inspire you and make you feel at home.

Perhaps it's time for bold decisions; paint the parlor - crimson red or the kitchen - cobalt blue. Add sand to the plaster and your bathroom will capture the rustic castle you visited in Europe.

This article is just one in our series on faux painting techniques.

It's your choice, your style.

We at ProTect Painters hope you find this info on faux painting helpful. When you are in the mood to paint your home-interior painting and/or exterior painting-be sure to contact yourlocal ProTect Painters for a FREE estimate.

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