What are the most popular decorative painting techniques?
Decorative painting techniques are the first thing that comes to your mind whenever you need a change in your living areas. It is quick and cheaper than other home renovation ideas and you can have great results with just a little bit of creativity and nice touches. It is a great refresher in your home whenever you feel outdated or get bored with the colors and style of your walls. If you prefer, you can check our post about paint color ideas.
There are many techniques you can apply to your walls in order to make it more decorative. We have just listed a few of them to give you some ideas about the subject.
- Patterned painting such as stencils, asymmetric shapes, polka dot, checkered, stripes or freestyle harlequins,
- Moulds in different figures and forms,
- Color wash,
- Sponging, rag rolling,
Decorative Painting Techniques
In decorative painting, there is no certain rule, shape, or technique that you can choose and apply directly. Also, there is no direct paint type. The most preferred types of paints are satin, pearlescent metallic, matte finish, or gloss paints. But the most important thing to keep in mind is the consistency of the pattern, color, or technique in the application areas.
Patterned painting can be applied in millions of shapes and colors according to your creativity. Some of them can be consistent patterns such as stripes, polka dot, checkered, and some of them can be applied as asymmetrical shapes in harlequin colors and patterns.
You can use some molds in different figures and forms in order to create decorative walls. This technique consists of the figures that are very important and you can use different colors in order to emphasize figures.
Color washing is an easy to apply method that adds depth and texture to space. Over a solid paint color, apply the brush, with long sweeping strokes to meld the glaze colors together. Another technique is choosing two colors not so contrast but also not so similar. One of them can be white or cream in color. Bring two colors together without mixing and dip the brush half and half to the colors. Apply the brush on the wall to get different shades of the same color.
Sponging or sponging off technique is used to add dimension to the walls. There are two ways you can apply this technique. The first one, painting the wall to a solid color. Then choose another color in the shades of the original. Using a sponge, favorably sea sponge, gently tap the sponge to the wall to create a dimensional effect on the wall. The other method is, after painting to a solid darker color, directly apply dry sponge or other materials like cloth or even toilet paper, to the wet paint and absorb some of it. Rag rolling has the same logic. You can apply the same technique with a rag on a roller, or with any other porous surfaces.
Strié comes from the French word streaking. In this technique, you create some horizontal and vertical lines on the wall using brush. The pattern looks like a linen material and adds texture and warmth to space.
DIY vs. Professional Craftsmanship?
So far, we have mentioned some decorative painting techniques to create warmer, cozier places in your living areas. There is also another concept called, the faux painting which includes a wide range of decorative painting techniques, some of which we mentioned above. Faux means fake in French. So in this technique, the appearance of marble, brick, or wood is replicated by various means.
If you do not have prior experience in painting or any other do-it-yourself projects, we do not recommend you to apply these techniques. Because after a bad application it may be impossible or too difficult to recover and implement proper application again. It will be best to look for experienced craftsmanship on the decorative painting applications. As BST, with our expert staff, we offer the best quality of applications in all of your demands. You dream and we make it come true.