The term “paint effects” covers different products designed to give an appearance of traditional patina in the same idea of waxed plaster and lime from the Antiquity and Mediterranean countries.
The principle is to apply, on white opaque paint a semi-transparent painting which covers the base coat irregularly and thus creates shades of colours. The base coat can be a special paint or simply a white gloss or satin finish paint.
Depending on the tool used to apply the finishing paint, you are left with a wiped, marble, sponged or combed effect. All these techniques gives great freedom to create original and unique décor.
The advantage of these techniques is you do not have to be expert in painting since the aim is to create an irregular finish. Tools to gain these effects are very varied, from the sponging, rag rolling, clouding, colourwash, stippling, Tadelakt together with painting with brushes or special pads. In today’s blog we look at the different effects you can use to get the finish you want.
Sponge painting: ideal to hide defects
To be a successful technique, the wall must be well painted. This base coat of paint will be then covered to give a shade. Keeping the same colour of paint, it gives an impression of sweetness, by choosing a different colour, there will be a contrast more or less marbled acccording to the chosen tone.
The natural sponge is the material best suited for this technique. The holes will create a wide variety of shades in differing in shape and colour.
To perform a good finish, you must choose acrylic, matt or satin paint. It is best to start at the top of the wall and work downwards, to get a really irregular and interesting pattern you must change the wrist angle at which you apply the strokes as many times as possible. It is also possible to interchange between a sponge and a cloth as you proceed down the wall. Using a screwed up ball of a cotton fabric will also produce diverse and unique patterns, with each new ball creating a different pattern on the wall. These two techniques are great for hiding defects in the plaster on your walls.
Glazing with a towel, also known as ‘ragging paint’
The glazing technique is best done on a wall that has just been painted. Before it is completely dry, the surface will be wiped lightly with a rolled towel. The pressure must be light and not in all areas, best results are through crossed movements in order to obtain a regular colour.
To get a soft, diffused look, it is advised to choose acrylic paint of pastel colour with one or two shades. For striking contrasts, you have to dare applying red/orange on a yellow background. The aim is to work quickly before the base is completely dry in order to give more depth to the room.
Tadelakt: the best solution for damp rooms
The use of Tadelakt is especially recommended for damp rooms. It is a lime-based product. Its advantage is to give a decorative effect. In addition, the treated surface becomes waterproof. This will be an asset in the kitchen, the bathroom and even on a sink or a bathtub. The base coat must be flawless for a perfect result.
The base coat is made only once with Moroccan lime. Finishing will be achieved with knife or river pebbles. It is possible to have a shiny appearance by incorporating in the coating of black soap or eggs.
Finally, if you do not want to start painting, stickers are a great alternative to lighten up a dark room. You can find all forms and colours you want, and why not create them yourself, they will be even more original. You can always ask the help of a professional painter.