Techniques in Interior Painting

There are also decorative interior painting techniques that add visual interest to your walls. Some decorative interior painting techniques you can use include color washing, crackle or aging, or ragging.

Other decorative Calgary interior painting techniques include metallic leafing, rag painting or rag rolling, and sponging.

First, here are some techniques for painting with a professional look. First, when you are using a brush, hold it near the base of the handle, close to the brush for better control. When you add paint to the brush, dip the brush halfway into the paint, and then tap it off at the edge of the can. Put enough pressure on the brush to just bend the bristles, and avoid bearing down too hard.

When using a roller, roll the roller into the paint and roll it back and forth slowly to coat evenly. Eliminate extra paint by rolling the roller back and forth across the ridges in the tray. Paint a small (2 foot) square at a time rather than using long, up and down strokes.

For the best decorative interior painting techniques,try one of these for drama or visual interest. Color washing involves two latex paint colors of similar shade and brightness. First, paint the wall in a basecoat using the brighter of the two colors. The bottom coat should be a satin finish. After the basecoat is dry, dip a terry cloth rag in the top coat and rub the color onto the wall in swirls, working from top to bottom and left to right, experimenting with thickness of the topcoat. Allow time to finish the entire project at one time.

Another interior painting technique is crackling or aging a wall. Again, start with a solid latex for the base coat. Generally speaking, you’ll choose a eggshell finish in a color you want to have showing through the cracks and crackles of the finish. Then, for this interior painting technique, you’ll add a commercially purchased additive, a “crackle” or “antique” additive, to your top coat paint. The additive thickens the paint and causes the cracking in the finish. You’ll use a wax to seal the finish on the wall.

A very popular interior painting technique is ragging. Also called rag rolling, this interior painting technique provides a great deal of depth and visual interest, as it uses a blend of three different colors.

Choose two complementary colors from the same color family for a basecoat, paint them randomly across the wall, covering it completely. Then dilute a lighter topcoat with three parts water and one part paint. To complete the look of this interior painting technique, dip a rag in the diluted paint, and press it loosely on the wall, blending the three colors together.

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