Decorative painting can be one of the simplest ways to give your home a facelift — inside or out. This quick guide helps you recreate three popular effects, and makes sure your DIY-time stays disaster-free!
There’s little better than seeing simple materials create stunning results with easy techniques. Sponge painting is one of these special ways to revive an interior wall to dramatic effect.
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You can sponge more than one colour, following this rule of thumb: 1-2 colours creates a bold, heavily contrasted finish, and more colours leave your walls with an increasingly subtle, cloudy effect.
Sponge effects are beginner-friendly and carry a low risk of failure, because they’re so forgiving. If one part of the wall turns out too light, for example, all you’ll need to do is go back and sponge another layer of darker paint over it. And before you commit to a colour scheme, it pays to use a colour picker tool. You’ll be able to see how your favourite paint performs in the context of a room, ahead of time.
Creating an ombre wall, where one colour blends into another, can take as little as one day. It’s a beautiful way to draw the eye to statement art or furniture pieces, though it’s a little less forgiving than a sponge effect.
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Keeping your space and materials clean will ensure your blending stays crisp. Avoid muddy colours by using one brush and roller per colour, and having all your materials ready before you begin (especially when blending). Using our colour picker tool, is again, a great way to start narrowing down your colour choices, and helps avoid buyers’ regret!
Texture coating is the most complex of these popular wall effects, and is reserved for exteriors. Applying it is demanding, but it makes your home more energy efficient with its reflective properties, and keeps regular maintenance to a minimum. Here’s what to expect if you’re up for the challenge of creating a textured coating for your home:
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Phew! Sometimes taking on the risk of a DIY is best left for another time, or a smaller project. When you’re wanting to recreate complex paint effects or textured wall coatings, especially on your home’s exterior, it’s less stressful if you call in the experts. Secure the help of master painters and texture coating specialists, like Barker-Whittle, and revitalise your space without the risk of having to clean up more than a few spills. You’ll save time and money on a team of experts that give you the fun part of choosing your colour and finish, without the hassle of doing the work yourself. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote.
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