Decorative Painting Techniques

Written by Genevieve Hawkins
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As people are starting to discover the joy and simplicity of decorative painting, there are more and more techniques being developed. Decorative paint techniques can encompass a wide variety of effects, from rag rolling to painting a mural. Some require a degree of artistic ability, although many are simple and easy for anyone to learn. These may include stencils or trim effects.

Painting Faux Designs

One of the biggest trends in home painting has been that towards creating the look of another surface for your walls. With just a little bit of time, you can learn how to paint an effect that imitates marble, wood grain, plaster, or stone. Metal shades can also be created quickly and easily, provided that the surface is very flat and flush.

Sometimes it is best to let the home decide for you what to create. Very uneven or layered wall surfaces tend to look better with warm shades that mimic natural stone, while smoothly flat surfaces take better to glossy cooler tones. A popular technique for going around borders or trim has been to use stencils. By painting whatever the pattern or template is at various places, you can easily make an effect that you like.

Clouds on ceilings are also becoming a popular faux painting design, as are murals. Both take a slightly higher degree of work, but they are not that hard if one is diligent and consistent. Even if you would just like to paint in a flat color, be sure to mask the area carefully and put down a drop cloth. The results should still be surprisingly good.

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