Painting Techniques that Add Character to Your Décor

It can be fun to paint your walls. There are many techniques you can employ to make your walls stand out, other than using the common gloss paint that you usually apply.

The walls are usually the first thing, aside from the focal point, to set the atmosphere of a room.

Take a look at the different styles of painting that can bring life into your walls and create the environment that you want.

Patina: A patina consists of a base coat that is usually dark, smeared with a lighter, watered down color using a cloth or a sponge. The patina affect adds a rustic look to any room and generates a sense of depth that makes rooms look larger.

Stencil: The stenciling concept is based around a cutout of a design that is filled using different applications of paint with a paintbrush, sponge brush, or cloth. You can use stencils to put together illustrations, phrases and letters or create a larger design by using different cutouts to make one big design. Using stencils takes patience to be sure to get the professional look you want but is adds immense interest.

Faux techniques: Faux painting techniques are used to mimic other objects or materials. As an example, to give your room a worn out rustic look, paint your walls a copper color and then us a patina of a bold cobalt green. Faux techniques can be used to imitate wood, granite, linen, denim, marble, and many other materials and textures.

Rubber stamping: This has become a more popular technique recently due to the affordability and simplicity of its application. There are many rubber stamps designed specifically for wall and furniture decoration, featuring many different designs that you can apply to incorporate your personal touch.