Interior Design - Six Easy Paint Texture Techniques

    Interior Design - Six Easy Paint Texture Techniques
    Before starting these paint texture techniques, bear in mind that there will always need to be a base paint to start layered with multiple coats. Also, additional time will be needed for paint to dry before adding another coat of paint. So if you have a little bit of patience and confidence, trying one of these six paint texture techniques will be painless and enjoyable.

    The six techniques are:

    1. Sponging 
    2. Spattering 
    3. Stippling 
    4. Ragging 
    5. Color Washing 
    6. Glazing


    To achieve a mottled texture for a wall or ceiling, paint is applied to a sponge then pressed against the wall. This technique is great for beginners because it is easy and fast. Making a mistake would be very hard to do since sponging doesn't require much steps. One major tip though would be to test out the paint color on a piece of cardboard. Once your happy with the color then apply to wall.


    To achieve a speckled texture to a wall or ceiling, paint is flicked off from a paint brush after being dipped in a bucket of paint. Control the size of specks by selecting a small or large brush. The length of bristles will also change the appearance of the spattered paint. The spattering texture technique is perfect and fun for beginners. Also a great family project.


    To achieve a light blotchy look, paint is applied with a stippling brush then applied to a wall or ceiling. The best stippling brushes are stiff and soft for better control. Stippling is great for creating graduations of color while adding depth as well as variety in an interior space. Good for beginners but may be time consuming to get a desired color.


    To achieve a marbleized look, two or more colors of paint are applied on a wall. Once paint is applied it is gently removed by blotting. The ragging technique will create a texture that will almost make a wall look as if it is a luxurious piece of fabric. To create a timeless inspired interior, this is a gorgeous technique to consider. High end interiors and commercial spaces usually have ragging texture applied to walls. Best tools to use are any kind soft linen like cheesecloth. This technique is good for advanced painters since there are many steps before and after applying the ragging technique.

    Color Washing

    To achieve a color with a subtle layering textured look, a base coat is first applied then covered with a thick paint or glaze. Color washing instantly adds sophistication to any interior space. When using more than one color, make sure all colors have the same chroma. Color combinations likes dark green and dark red would be ideal as opposed to colors like dark green and light red.


    To achieve a deep glamorous layered look, a base coat is first applied along with transparent paint(s) which is then partially removed to show the base coat. The base coat should be a solid color in order to get the best results. It's a good idea to practice this technique on a piece of cardboard before applying to walls or ceilings.

    So now that you've learn the six basic paint texture techniques, here are some quick tips to make sure your project is a success. Always practice on a piece of cardboard before painting on a wall or ceiling and finish the entire wall before taking a break to avoid visual inconsistencies.

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