Vibrant wall paint colours are becoming increasingly popular for brightening up homes and personalising spaces. Adding texture to these vivid colours can add depth and interest without wall paper or pattern that could clash with other designs in the room.

Venetian Plaster adds Old World Charm

Venetian plaster is a technique of adding colour and texture to the wall by applying thin coats of coloured plaster to the space. The first coat will prime the space; the second will add deep crevices and grooves, while the third evens some of them out. These layers and then sanded down with different levels of pressure, which results in areas of the wall gaining extra smoothness and shine, while others remain matte and rough.

Venetian Plaster
Venetian Plaster: Credit

The result is a worn, plaster wall in a rich, deep colour that goes all the way through. Older homes and formal spaces, such as dining rooms with heavy furniture, will especially benefit from this beautiful technique.

Faux Finish to Give Walls Multiple Looks

Faux painting is a technique used to “fake” or mimic another look. This could mean using paint to create modern looks like leather, or more rustic ones like stone. Faux painting also uses different techniques to merely add interest and pattern to the walls.

Some faux painting techniques include colour washing, for a casual and multidimensional look, combing, for a textured, wallpaper finish and strire painting, which creates the appearance of fabric on the walls.

These techniques can use one or more colours of paint, as well as unusual paint applicators, such as rags, rubber squeegees which have been cut into combs, and even toilet brushes. Faux painting can range in difficulty levels from extremely easy, and able to be completed by an amateur to extremely difficult and best left to a hired professional.

Faux painting
Faux painting: Credit

Stencils add Decorative Elements to Walls

For a subtle border, or discreet accenting in corners of the room, consider using stencils to create an even look. Plastic stencils can be purchased at many craft stores, or can be made with stiff poster board and scissors.

By placing a stencil on an area of the wall to be painted, and sponge painting, or rollering over it, a transfer will be left that can be repeated around the room.

Before beginning any paint job, whether in a DIY capacity, or by a professional, be sure that the paint colour choice is correct by using small amounts of the paint colour in question on a piece of poster board. Look at it from all areas of the room, in many different lights and times of day before finalising the choice. Some types of faux painting can also be first tried out on the poster board, as well, to get a feel for how they will compliment the space.

Wall Stencils
Wall Stencils: Credit

Try to compliment the space in question by utilising design elements already present in the room. Pick up a print from a pillow or rug to recreate on the walls in either a “fabric” inspired faux painting technique or with a stenciled border. Keep family rooms and kid’s rooms more casual with sponge painting or colour washing, while updating dining rooms and living rooms with more formal looks.

Whatever the style, be sure to pick colours that inspire and that will show off the finishes to best effect.


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