What are the Decorative Techniques You Can Try?
- Metallic Accents
- Color Wash
If you feel like your current design is beginning to look outdated, it’s time to use a refresher. The best place to get started is by using your walls. It’s very easy to transform your room by using an entirely different pattern to create a fresh aesthetic or an inviting vibe. Wall paint ideas are not limited to just a solid color. Decorative patterns are a unique way to add interest to your interiors.
There are different kinds of patterns you can use to achieve various effects. Each technique listed below is fairly easy to do and it only requires a bit of your time and effort to achieve. Use these decorative wall paint techniques to bring life back to your interiors.
Stencils are great for hands-on individuals. Wall stenciling is an easy way to add sophistication and interest to your room. There are two directions you can go, buying a pattern or creating your own. Buying a pattern is the easiest and this requires the least amount of time. If you’re dedicated to creating a unique design, try creating a stencil.
Creating a wall stencil is a great way to personalize your space. It’s very easy to make your stencil. You first need to start with inspiration. There are many websites you can browse through to find the right design you want to achieve. If you’ve never made a pattern before, there are lots of sources online that offer free patterns.
When creating your stencil, start with a thumbnail on a scrap piece of paper. Thumbnails are a great way to get the ideas flowing. Starting with a small thumbnail also lets you see any possible errors you might create when finishing the overall pattern. Once you’ve finished with the thumbnail you can proceed to refine the thumbnail onto a clean piece of paper. This is where you can start adding and removing design elements that you don’t like. Make the lines of your pattern pronounced.
Take the final design of your stencil. Lay it under a clean piece of paper. Place these layers over your window. You’ll immediately see the pattern underneath. Now you can trace the final pattern onto a clean piece of paper. Be sure to make extra copies in case the stencil gets worn out. Proceed to cut the stencil accordingly. You now have a unique stencil to use for your interiors.
If you’re not too keen on repainting the entirety of your walls, you can use metallic paint to create accents. There are many shades out there that can work for any room. When choosing paint, don’t go overboard with the shine. Since most metallic paints are known to shimmer, it can be balanced out with a semi-gloss finish.
Using metallic paint to accent decor is a clever technique if you want to minimize the number of ornaments in a certain area. If you have a painting that looks subdued and cluttered because of surrounding items, start by separating the piece from the rest. Paint a part of your wall with the metallic paint you’ve chosen. Once it sets, you can now place the painting in the middle of the wall. This creates a simple gallery look at home with minimal effort.
Color washing is a work of art in itself. Since paint is much easier to use now this can be done without much technique in mind. Start by choosing a satin base paint, two matte paints, and a glaze. Make sure that you have enough as you’ll be mixing the glaze and matte paint later on. Use the base paint on your walls. Make sure that the walls are fully saturated.
In a separate container or paint bucket, mix the matte paint and glaze. Stir thoroughly, remembering a 2:1 ratio. Proceed to brush the color on the wall in an “X” pattern. Don’t dip your brush in the mixture after you’ve done this. Begin spreading the paint by haphazardly using different strokes. It has to look choppy. Once the paint begins to dry, you can dip your brush again to continue the pattern. Use the straight edge of the brush to meet the trim of your walls.
The second matte paint needs to be lighter than the first. Use the same 2:1 ratio when mixing the glaze and second color. Repeat the same technique above. Use a dry brush to soften the effect you created. Dip the dry brush in the glaze and softly brush the pattern around. You’ll be able to create a soft blend. Remember not to overdo this process as it can completely remove the pattern you created.
Boysen does not have the paint system to do color washing. But an ombre technique, which gives a similar effect, can work with Boysen products. Watch this video tutorial.
These wall paint techniques are simple. Each painting technique listed above can be done in one weekend with amazing results. Use these decorative wall paint techniques to refresh the look of your interiors.