Home Design Painting –- Subtle Pattern Effects

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

Simple paint effect give unusual and stylish results without the enormous expense often associated with such sophistication. Decorative paint techniques have a sort of mystique surroundings them but, although the more subtle effects do need great skill, especially when applied to architecturally graceful houses, simple effects can be produced by the relatively inexperienced painter in the sort of homes most of us live in.

Once you have grasped the idea, you can create the sift chalky colors of old Italian plasterwork, the more silky effect of faux marbling or the textured impression produced by using a darker shade in patches over a slightly lighter shade of the same color.

Generally, these techniques look best in a fairly disciplined household where the finish can be appreciated; otherwise the effect will be wasted and become part of the general chaos.

You will need to experiment with colors and the effect on a test piece of paper may be very different to when colors are seen on the whole wall. Often a quite surprising combination will appeal, such as green and pink or yellow and blue.

Some color combinations only work when both are overlaid with a ‘smoky’ color, which tones down what otherwise might be too sugary and links the two colors. Only experimentation can discover the right combination for you. The best way to experiment is on the actual walls, trying a small square of color and getting used to it for a day or so, then adding a little of another color or a little white or black until it looks right.

You may have the wall completely covered in small squares of different colors before you hit on the one you like. If you choose colors which please you, rather than colors suggested to you as being fashionable, you will find they automatically co-ordinate with your paintings, prints and fabrics.

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