Paint Techniques I have some decorative techniques

If you’d like to add a little interest to your paint job, I have some decorative techniques that are easy to do and will give a great result!

1. Make different sized spiral design templates with some corrugated cardboard. Roll it loosely and secure it with a little tape. Dip the end of the roll into a little bit of paint, dab it off and start on the wall, you can space them out or make a design.

2. Try “stamping” the wall with wall stamps from the craft store.

3. How about stripes? There are a couple of different ways you can do these. For small “freehand” stripes, use a utility knife to cut notches into a rubber squeegee. Then you can either drag it through a fresh paint job, or dip it in a contrasting color and pull it down the wall. Work slowly so you don’t get gaps in your stripes. For more uniform stripes, measure how far apart you would like them and run some painters tape down the wall. Then you can use a roller to paint between the strips of tape. Allow it to dry and then slowly and carefully peel the tape off.

COLOR Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?

Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?

This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?

Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?

Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?

White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?

As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.