Fun Painting Techniques for Your Living Spaces

Applying grey paint with a paint roller

When you think of painting your wall, you probably only imagine donning your walls up in a solid colour. But how about you get a little more creative? To add patterns and textures to a room you can use paint to make gorgeous walls that will look like you used a wallpaper covering. The trick is employing some really cool painting techniques that you might not have been aware of to add more depth and texture to the paint. Moreover, they are simple enough to execute and do not require much artistic talent either. 

So, pick up your paintbrushes and let us teach you some painting techniques to liven up your room.

Strie

Strie is the French word for streaking. This technique involves making fine vertical or horizontal lines on the paint surface to make it resemble linen or other fabric. It is a subtle yet noticeable technique and adds warmth to the rooms.

Rag Rolling

This technique involves exactly what the name states. After painting a surface, a piece of cloth is randomly dragged along the wet surface for a haphazard pattern that looks creative and bold. Without any extra effort or cost, you have a wall that will stand apart from the other humdrum walls of your home.

Sponging

The sponging technique involves taking a sponge to a freshly painted wall, creating a dynamic texture that can set apart an accent wall. A blend of different textures can really make the room come alive. 

Colour Wash

Colour washing is a sophisticated and beautiful technique which involves thinning out the paint with glaze and lightly brushing the walls with it, giving the wall much more depth. Start by applying a base coat and then brush over it with glaze till you get the desired look. 

Harlequin

This technique has small diamond-shaped repeating patterns that can add life to any room, from a kitchen to a nursery. You can choose contrasting colours to make the kind of statement you want and to make the harlequin subtle or more noticeable to the eye.

Stencilling

This one might be the most exciting one for all the DIYers out there, but it might not be everybody’s cup of tea. Stencilling requires a bit more effort because you have to either make a stencil to be able to start painting, or you can readily buy them from craft shops. But putting in a little effort here can result in pretty great-looking walls, as you use the stencil to make repeated complicated patterns on the walls. 

If you’re looking to add a bit of a pop to your walls, these painting techniques will do the trick for you. Mix, match, and experiment, and you’ll have walls that really liven up your house.

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