Painting Technique Ideas

Add style and texture to your walls and furniture with these simple decorative painting techniques.   Faux painting is easy as well as cost effective because you can do it yourself! You can transform a room into an elegant atmosphere with Venetian plaster or a marble finish, or create a rustic feel with a crackle paint finish or the aged leather technique. If you are not the DIY type, have no fear, because there are skilled professionals that you can hire. Here’s a compilation of the most popular painting trends to give you some ideas.

Venetian Plaster. This style imparts the glamorous look of polished marble and natural stone to your décor. This smooth finish is layered with the multi-dimensional, two-tone appearance of marble surfaces, adding visual interest and charm. The warm hues of Venetian Plaster are perfectly at home in casual, contemporary or traditional rooms. The more layers that are applied, the more depth and polish you achieve.

Wood Grain. The faux wood grain effect is among the most popular of painted wood effects. Wood grain may be applied in several different ways; the method used will determine the type of wood that your faux finish resembles.

Dragging. Dragging results in a subtle, fairly formal surface of irregular lines. A dry brush is dragged through the wet layer of transparent glaze or wash of thinned paint.

Flogging. This technique is used to create the appearance of pores in wood by “drumming” or “slapping” the surface with a long bristled brush.

                  Graining. This is a process of creating wood grain lines similar to dragging the surface of the wood. To grain the surface of wood, you use a metal comb instead of a paintbrush.

                  Mottling. Mottling is an over-graining procedure that is performed after the glaze has been applied. This is done by using a mottling brush and adding lighter and darker areas to the wood by wiping the paint away.

Marble Finish. This finish is among the most popular of decorative finishes around. Marble is timeless and is popular in both contemporary and traditional decors. It is more often used in traditional decors that are designed around a solid, timeless them. Usually, faux marbles are reserved for those items that could, indeed, be real marble and is rarely used to create a marble effect on items that would not be marble otherwise.

Crackle Paint Finish. Crackle painting is a faux painting technique that produces a finish that looks like old cracked paint with older layers of paint showing through. Any smooth surface that can be painted with latex paint is suitable for crackle painting. Commonly, crackle paint is used on furniture, cabinetry or on accent trim and molding. Supplies are readily available at almost any home improvement store and the crackle painting technique is simple enough to learn in an afternoon, you can watch a video tutorial here.

Metallic Paint Finish. Metallic paint adds drama to any décor, from subtle shimmers to a bold statement. Some paint manufacturers have water-based metallic paints available not only in classic metallic colors such as silver and gold, but in silvery blues, greens and even pink. Mixed with faux glazing medium, they add soft highlights. Applied full strength, you can make them look like burnished metal with ragging or brushing, or add Asian feng shui flair to a wall with patterned or fabric faux technique.

Aged Leather Technique. Leather has a way of making things seem better. It is deeply ingrained in our minds to being synonymous with quality.  Mentally, leather evokes images of softness, warmth, and luxury. The beauty of faux finishing leather isn’t only in the final look of the application, it’s also the fact that you can erase or mask minimal problems with your walls, like small dings and dents. The leather look will automatically draw the focus of your eyes away from blemishes and allow you to see only soft, supple leather.

Fresh paint is the easiest and most popular way to give your home a face-lift, and with these versatile techniques you are sure to get the “wow” factor you are looking for.  Is there room or two in your home that could use a make-over? If there is, are you up for the challenge of adding some creative texture and color?.