Do you remember the first time you held a paint-brush as a kid? Do you recall the excitement? Unfortunately for most, that activity of painting simply went away as we grew up. But there is good news for all those wannabe painters. A whole lot of DIY (Do It Yourself) happens in the Home Improvement market, and one of the hot areas is Interiors Painting.
If you are an amateur painter looking for some wall painting tips, look no further. Some of these techniques are sure to impress your guests.
This comes from the French word meaning streaks or stripes. The strié technique creates thin linear horizontal or vertical lines on your walls which give your walls that chic look. Think of a linen shirt – that is exactly the kind of pattern you will see on your walls. The line effect can be done by running a strié brush on the original wet paint down the length of a wall (for vertical lines). It can also be achieved using any hard bristled brush as an alternative. The distance between the bristles dictates the thickness of the lines on the wall.
Did you know that the tapes that you use while painting your walls (to avoid paint from flowing onto other areas) can actually be put to very good use? Simply create any patterns you want on your wall with the tapes (regular patterns like hexagons or rhombuses or triangles, or irregular geometric shapes). Then give the wall two coats of paint and let it dry completely. Peel off the tapes carefully to reveal your funky wall pattern.
3. Colour Wash
This is a technique that originated in Italy and gives your wall a beautiful warm look. It consists of painting large crosses (Xs) on your wall in a contiguous fashion in quick succession. The idea is to keep the brush strokes visible after the paint job is done, rather than having a smooth surface. This technique works better with warm colours like the reds and burgundys, although others can also be explored.
4. Sponging and Rag Rolling
Both these techniques are relatively easy for beginners. They do not involve a lot of skill and are apt for expressing your creativity. In sponging you take a small sponge, dip it in paint and simply dab it to your wall in different locations, creating a pattern. You can also cut your sponge irregularly and roll it over on your wall for more interesting patterns. Rag rolling is similar in that you take a rag and make it into a roll, which you then roll over the wet paint of your wall, thus creating a pattern.
These are great alternatives to expensive wall paper. You will need a drawing (the shape that you wish to draw) in the form of a stencil. Stick the stencil to your wall with tape and simply use a stencil brush to paint over it. Then remove your stencil and move on to the next area on the wall to create patterns. Besides patterns, stencils can also be used to draw standalone shapes on your walls like cartoon characters or sports.
This technique blends two colours into one on the same wall giving a fading effect. It requires the use of a spray to create the effect. First paint the top portion of the wall with the colour you wish to fade out. Do this for the top half of the wall. Then using spray painting meld that colour into the original colour of the wall.
Even though you can do a great job painting your home, but a professional cannot be compared.
Most homes use “professional” painters for their home painting services – BramptonPainting is one such reputed and dependable name for home painting services in Mississauga and Brampton. They are both exterior and interior painters.
Wall painting is an exciting activity for all ages. It also serves as an excellent stress buster in today’s busy world. Are you ready to pick up your paintbrush and paint the town red?