Paint Techniques – Painting Your Room with Style

Decorating a room?  Congratulations.  You’re about to set out on a project that’s full of many exciting activities.  One of the most enjoyable, you may find, is painting.

Indeed, some people find that painting is truly one of life’s simple pleasures.  There’s just something magical about seeing their favorite color rolled out thick and wet across the wall.

Painting a room really allows you to be artistic.  And moving beyond solid colors, you’ll find a variety of ways to create stunning faux finishes that stand out in a good way.

That’s why painters have developed variety of creative techniques that are really easy to pick up.  Try out these useful tips the next time you decorate a room:

Dry brushing

If you’re looking for a light, textured and artistic look to the walls in your room, you might want to try dry brushing.  All you’ll need for dry brushing is a paint brush, a piece of cardboard, multiple paint colors and a roller.

Start by rolling the base color on to the wall.  After it dries, dip your brush into the second color and brush it out on to the cardboard.

Once this is done, the brush should still retain a tiny amount of paint.  Brush this onto the wall back and forth in a fishbone pattern.  Make sure this is dry before dry brushing a third color in perpendicular strokes, creating an airy, imprecise cross-hatched pattern.  If desired, take a fourth color and dry brush highlights here and there.


Ragging is a slightly more complex faux finish technique with potentially amazing results.  It requires three paint colors, some small rollers and plenty of rags.

After taping everything off, use the first two colors to completely cover the wall, in random and equal quantities.  The third color should be much lighter than the others.  Dilute it to one part to every three parts water, and use a rag to apply evenly across the surface.


While still quite finessed and interesting, the faux finish resulting from sponging is slightly more rugged looking.  After rolling on a basic layer of paint and letting it dry, take a wet sponge and put a small amount of your secondary paint color on it.

Gently apply this to the wall, blotting—not brushing—and alter the angle of the sponge before each impact.


If carried out well, this technique can greatly add to the charm and elegance of your room.  The required tool is a specialized brush for stippling.

After applying a small amount of paint to a very limited area of the wall, set to work right away with the stippling brush, gentling dabbing it to come about the desired and speckled pattern.

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