Interior Wall Painting Ideas

“Wow! I didn’t know there so many choices for interior wall painting!”

There are simple ways of applying and manipulating paint to create a whole range of wall surface textures.

With the simplest of instructions, your imagination, and these decorative painting techniques you’re just one step away from achieving some fresh and contemporary designs.

  • Take a good look at the position of any architectural details – doors, windows – that surround the wall you want to decorate. Any light fixtures, or electrical outlets should be considered too.
  • Don’t forget to prepare your walls, so your paintwork will look at its best. All surfaces should be clean, free of grease, cracks, no holes, and primed.
  • Choice of color and design are totally yours. Take a look at all these decorative techniques, colors and put in practice what you like. These should be just a starting point. The rest is up to you …and your imagination.
  • COLORWASHING
    Colorwashing has a soft, gently textured surface created by brushing one or two thin washes of diluted paint over a smooth basecoat. The wash can tone or contrast with the basecoat, and generally is a slightly darker color.

    DON’T FORGET!The colorwash dries quickly, so if you plan to tackle a big surface, you should have a second person working with you.

  • SPONGING
    In this wall decorative painting technique, a sponge is used to apply one or more colors over a solid basecoat. This is a quick and easy way of giving texture to a surface. It can be used in conjunction with stenciling or stripes.

    DON’T FORGET!It’s an ideal technique to hide flaws in the wall, or in hard-used areas.

  • DRAGGING
    This grainy effect is created by pulling or dragging a dry brush over a coat of wet paint.

    DON’T FORGET!To get this look, the lines should be continuous, so doing a whole wall might be difficult…so it might be useful to use the help of a friend!

  • DRY BRUSHING
    This interior wall painting technique uses very little paint. Similar with the colorwashing, the paint doesn’t totally cover the surface, and crate a more textured effect.

    DON’T FORGET!Dry brushing will bring out any imperfections in the wall, so think if it’s suitable for the room you want to use it.

  • STENCILING
    Because the decorative possibilities are endless, stenciling is considered one of the most popular paint effects. Basically it’s a process of repeating one motif over and over.

    DON’T FORGET!If you have a small house, use simple, stylized patterns in one or two colors. Leave the complex stencils with more than 5-6 colors for bigger spaces.

  • SPATTERING
    By using this incredible simple technique, you will basically layer small dots of different coloured paint over a solid basecoat.Consistency is key element becuase if the paint is too thin, it will drip down on he wall.

    DON’T FORGET!The color of the base coat is important as this will remain the overall dominant color; spattering adds a decorative effect rather than a covering one.

  • FROTTAGE
    It consists of brushing a wash onto the wall, and then with a piece of plastic or paper, scrunching it slightly over the wet paint and then lifting it away.

    DON’T FORGET!The amount of diluted paint mixture is an important step to the success of this technique. To much will make the paint dripping, and too little will not show the print at all.

  • COMBING
    This easy technique will enable you to use your imagination to create a whole variety of patterns. The basics involve pulling a comb through a paint that is still wet, for a lined effect. It works best when you use it with contrasting colors.

    DON’T FORGET!Make sure the wall you’re working on is smooth, otherwise the comb will jump, miss sections, and the overall effect will be messy.

  • RAGGING
    It can be done in 2 ways: RAGGING ON – when you dab a rag into paint, and then dab it on the wall, ang RAGGING OFF – when you brush paint on the wall, and then remove some of it with a rag.

    DON’T FORGET!
    The recommended rag to use is “chamois”, for the definite print that it leaves on the wall. The chamois leather should be squeezed from time to time, as too much paint will make drips on the wall.