Decorative Ideas for House Painting

outside house paintingNot every house has to be painted by laying down a primer, adding on a coat of paint and then painting another uniform layer of the same paint over that. This is the standard, but more and more people are looking for something different.

We want to discuss a few decorative paint ideas that can help make your home look unique and give it a different look from what you are used to seeing.

Broken color painting involves taking one kind of paint and spreading it around in what seems to be a haphazard manner. You aren’t coloring every square inch of the walls with it, but rather swiping some here and some there. Then you go over the same wall with a different color, but not necessarily over the same paint lines.

This creates a mishmash of colors and textures, giving your walls a very mottled look. It’s not something for everyone or for every space but it can make for some interesting design choices, especially when you have carefully chosen your two colors.

Ragging on color is the notion of painting over a previously painted surface with the same color but in a different way. So, you first paint your wall in the color you want to use. Then you wait for that to dry. Once is it dry, you take the same color and apply it with a rag or roller. Don’t be too careful about putting it down evenly.

In fact, the more uneven and mottled it looks, the more textured your final result will be. This can give the wall an appearance of leather, chamois or crushed velvet, which is really appealing to people who want something more than just a silky smooth painted wall.

Similar to ragging is sponging. This requires a layer of paint to be applied and to dry first as well. Then you take a wet sponge and apply the next layer of paint roughly. What you are going for is a mottled, rough look that adds some texture to the wall. It makes the wall look like something other than a smooth surface and it can give it some character. You can apply as many layers and colors as you like with this method, but it is important that you first allow each previous layer to fully dry first.

Stippling is a bit different from all of these. It involves putting down the first layer of plaint and then letting that dry. From there, you put down the next layer in strips, painting from ceiling to floor. Just work with about 12 inches or so at a time and paint completely through one strip before moving onto another strip, with no paint passing between strips. This creates a rippled look that can be made even more pronounced by adding in other colours or even using some of the other techniques we have already listed here.

Of course you can always get the best Dublin painters to do this as well.

One of these ideas may be exactly what you need to take your boring walls and turn them into something more exciting.