If you’re thinking of painting a room, why not consider a different paint technique. It adds a lot of character and charm to a room. Stippling is an easy technique and the results are amazing. Here’s how it’s done. There are actually two ways you can do this; you can stipple off, which means you remove part of a second coat of paint or glaze, or stipple on by dabbing a second color onto the wall.

1. Tape off all baseboards, moldings and anything else you don’t want painted, this project can get a little messy.

2. Paint the walls a base color and allow it to dry thoroughly. It’s best to use a light color for the base.

3. Choose a top color that is close to the base color, this slight variation will give you a subtle textured effect. Pour a little into a paint pan.

4. Using a stippling brush, dab the ends into the paint. Blot the brush on some paper towels. You don’t want a lot of paint on the brush because you want to see the brush strokes.

5. Apply the paint onto the wall in a random in and out motion, as if you were using a hammer. Work in small three to four foot sections around the room. Make sure that you wipe the brush frequently, so you get a nice even pattern.



To create a stippled effect, you need a special tool known as a stippling brush. Prepare by painting the surface with a coat of matte oil- based paint and mixing the tinted oil glaze to a creamlike consistency.

1. Work in areas of 1 sq yd (1 sq m). Stab at the wall with the stippling brush to create a mottled effect. Try not to slide the brush across the wall.

2. To create an even coverage you may need to overlap at adjacent areas. When necessary, wipe off the glaze from the brush with a lint-free cloth.


A light, texturedtextured look can he created with a cut-foam roller and store- bought textured paint. Prepare the surface with a suitable undercoat. Roll the textured paint onto the wall with broad, overlapping strokes. Most store-bought textured paint is white, so if you want to add some color, wait until the paint is thy and then apply a coat of colored latex. The texture will still show through.