Painting techniques for your walls

Painting techniques for your walls: walls

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Painting techniques for your walls: walls

Dulux is the world's best-selling and best-known paint and varnish brand. In Germany, too, she is one of the "brands of the century".

Since 1930, Dulux has been synonymous with creativity, innovation and, above all, the joy of color. The diverse assortment includes high-quality and uncomplicatedly to be processed colors and lacquers for completely different fields of application.

We do not feel well in apartments that have the same flair as a furniture exhibition. It lacks the personal touch.

Painting techniques for wall design are an easy and cheap way to give your own home an individual look. If the colors are chosen according to the color concept of the rooms, a harmonious overall impression is created. With contrasting colors you can set powerful accents.

Experimenting with wall painting techniques is fun and a wall designed in this way can be changed again at any time without much effort, if the zeitgeist or just your own taste changes.

Your own creativity has no limits. If you like, try out the technique and colors on a piece of paper, cardboard or cabinet back wall. The following instructions are intended to stimulate and motivate you to put your own ideas into action.

How and where to apply painting techniques?

It is often enough to redesign a wall, a ledge or a delimited area in order to completely change a room. Here are some examples of what you can do with well designed surfaces.

  • Dicey furniture gets a sense of context when you give it an optical frame with a designed wall surface.
  • Unfavorable room proportions appear optically more favorably by vertically or horizontally led lines (if you stencil a frieze, for example).
  • If the headboard of a bed is too small or not available, you can create a very nice balance with a painted version.
  • With individual, offset surfaces, a room can be structured very well.
  • With a painted eye-catcher glances are led and thus create advantageous view axes - together with the right lighting an effective measure.
  • The use of certain colors changes the spatial effect in the desired direction. For example, a burgundy-colored wall panel makes the room look warmer.

More inspirations and instructions can be found on and under "Decorations and Ideas".

Nature on the wall

A very beautiful, natural structure can be brought to the wall with strong leaves. In this example, a large kohlrabi leaf was used. For a whole wall, however, several sheets are required. Any wall color, tinting color or acrylic color in the desired color is suitable as the color.

Painting techniques for your walls: techniques

  1. The equipment: mixed color, a flat plate, a brush and a kohlrabi leaf.
  2. To make beautiful impressions, thinly coat the flat plate with the paint.
  3. Place the sheet head over in the paint and lightly press everywhere - also the petiole.
  4. Put the sheet on the wall and press and remove it all over.
  5. At the edges use sometimes only a part of the leaf, which looks more natural.
  6. Turn the prints in different directions and do not distribute them too systematically.

In two or three different color gradations, such prints of leaves are very natural. When the paint is diluted with water, it is transparent and produces very delicate, translucent shades. Experiment on paper until you like the effect before you hit the wall with the first prints.

Structures with and out of color

Since wall and tinting colors are relatively thick, the color can also be given a fine structure. For example, with a coarse-toothed comb or with a coarse tissue, other things can be used, such as a dental spatula, an old curtain, or a lace doily.

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  1. Comb:Put on the comb and pull it through the fresh paint with even pressure.
  2. Comb:The paint must not dry, therefore swipe and remove small areas quickly.
  3. Mosquito nets:Here is a piece of insect repellent net laid on the ground.
  4. Mosquito nets:Depending on the desired effect, it is painted, filled or rolled.
  5. Mosquito nets:When the fabric is peeled off, an interesting, lively structure remains.
  6. Mosquito nets:If you dab paint with a fabric, prints of the structure appear.

Essentially, it is either about subtracting already applied paint or applying paint through a fabric. Tip: With a coarse fabric, you can also dab paint, but this leads rather to an impression and less to structures. You can also try bigger things, such as a breakfast board, which is pulled over the freshly applied paint at longer intervals - in block stripes, so to speak.

Layers and transparency

By applying different layers on top of each other, you can achieve quite unusual effects. There is a great variety of possibilities. For example, you can apply two colors on top of each other and then work with a toothed spatula. You can also stamp a very bold pattern with a transparent layer, paint or wipe over it in wiping technique. Conversely, a background can be made in sponge technique and then stamped.

Painting techniques for your walls: walls

  1. Brush: Take a wall with a strong paint and a hard brush.
  2. Brush: You can dab, scrub, spin - try what you like.
  3. Brush: With such painting techniques it is hard not to become even in the long term.
  4. glazing:To apply a transparent layer, dilute your color (1: 1).
  5. glazing:Here is painted in stripes. Try out what you like best.
  6. glazing:With the streaky glaze as the second layer, a completely different effect is achieved.

Working in layers makes it easy to create a wall creatively. Especially with the subsequent glazing of a pattern creates a very special effect of the subject. Incidentally, this is also a great option if you have a bit tired of a geometric or other striking pattern. A streaky glaze gives the surface a completely new appearance.

Wrap color - winding technique

The winding technique is now standard among the painting techniques. Whether with leather, rags or ropes - the main thing is turning in itself. The winding strand is first rolled in the paint and then on the wall. There are now also effect rolls, which are wrapped for example with leather. However, in these the shape is repeated much more uniformly than it is with a normal, tortuous flap.

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  1. All that is necessary for the winding technique is a rag, paint and a wall.
  2. The rag is turned into a strand, which gives more structure.
  3. The paint should be in a flat container to allow the cloth to roll in it.
  4. The rag is now rolled over the surface. Do it quietly several times over a place.
  5. The result is an organic, lively pattern - very effective on the wall.
  6. When wrapping with paint and rag definitely wear gloves.

Also in the winding technique variants or combinations with other techniques are interesting. The wall gets more depth effect when working in two similar shades in succession. First apply the darker tone and then the lighter one. Even diluted with water paint can be used for wrapping, then the patterns are translucent.

Marble and Stencils

The basis for marbling is always an imperfectly mixed color of at least two shades. These are placed on the wall so that the different tones on the surface can still be distinguished, but at the same time also mix.

Add two or more colors to a jar and do not mix. Dip a wide brush, wipe and paint on the wall without going through the same place several times. Wet on the edge from brush stroke to brush stroke.

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  1. Marble: Here was some white color with turquoise and a little light blue in a vessel.
  2. Marble: In these close-lying shades creates a slight marbling.
  3. Template: For the stencil in the picture a sheet of self-adhesive sponge rubber was used.
  4. Template: The birds drawn on the carrier foil are cut out with scissors.
  5. Template: After the carrier foil has been peeled off, the template adheres to the substrate.
  6. Template: Now with the brush as perpendicular as possible nibble the recesses of the template.
  7. Template: This is what the template looks like when the recesses are completely filled with paint.
  8. Template: In this example, the template was used several times at different angles.

Stencils are ready to buy - also called stencils. You can also make these yourself. There are special Stupfpinsel, a normal brush or a household sponge, however, can also be used.

Sponge or wiping technique

The sponge or wiping technique is now one of the classics of painting techniques in creative wall design. The sponge technique uses a natural sponge to dab paint onto the wall, thus transferring the pattern of the sponge structure.

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  1. Moisten the sponge before it is dipped in paint.
  2. Do not take too much color at a time - try it on a piece of paper.
  3. Wipe the paint on the wall with loose movements - for example in bows.
  4. With a wet sponge without color this first order can be blurred.
  5. Fill your area with color in this way and work wet in wet throughout.
  6. You can apply several tones on top of each other in this technique and blur.

With a sponge can also be wiped. Along with color and water, it develops similar processes as when dealing with watercolor. You can also combine wiping and dabbing, or one of the two options with a different painting technique. When wiping, make small movements with small sponges and large movements with a large sponge. The pattern becomes correspondingly large or small.

Stamping with everyday objects

Many things are suitable for stamping. On the one hand, you can make your own stamp - how it works, we show you here. On the other hand, you can just use things that are already there, such as empty cardboard tubes, corks, a small balloon, tip, empty containers, bottle bottoms of disposable bottles and much more.

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  1. Instead of landing in a yellow sack, this mug gets a new task as a stamp.
  2. The marks from the thin edge make circles that remind of soap bubbles.
  3. Many of them at irregular intervals form a flat pattern on the wall.
  4. With the bottom of the mug and a second color, the pattern is different again.
  5. After more rings have been applied in the second color, it's done.
  6. Be inspired by the things you find in your drawers at home.

Stamps can be used to create complex patterns or to attach a frieze. Whether you work with one or more colors is just a matter of personal taste. If you like pastel shades, you can achieve them by diluting with water, then the paint becomes opaque or opaque by mixing with a lot of white paint.

Gradients and color transitions

A classic example of gradients is a rainbow, where one color passes into the next. In a (supposedly) monochrome gradient, it is only about the lighter or darker color of a color. This can be achieved by diluting the color (with white paint or water) and passing the transitions. In any case, it only works if the paint is wet-on-wet and spread.

In two different colors or shades, the area in which the two wet colors meet, with a brush or quast intermingled. It takes a bit of tact to see when it's enough. If it is too persistent, a homogeneous mixture of the two shades is created in this area, rather than a nice transition. You can try this on a piece of cardboard.

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1. The first color is applied in the direction of the gradient.
2. Follow the same with the second colors.
3. With the brush, the transition is now passed.
4. Another elapse is no longer advisable.

Author: Christiane Baldwin

Photo Credits:
  • Dulux logo: © Akzo Nobel Deco GmbH -
  • all other pictures: Christiane Baldwin

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