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7 Wall Painting Techniques

Are you ready for a change on your dingy interior walls? It may be the perfect time to become familiar with various painting techniques you could use that create many different interior wall effects. Painting in various creative ways provides more options than choosing from limited wallpaper designs. The following are seven wall painting techniques, and there are even more that you can choose from.

Metals and Patinas

Patina Interior wall paintIf you’ve adopted a contemporary, modern, or conspicuous style in a bedroom, metal and patina paint techniques would likely be perfect, to enhance the design. Two different colors will equally shine through with this method. Apply a base paint and then use a sponge to apply metal or patina paint glaze.


For a painting technique emulated by many artists, use the stippling painting method. A subtle pattern can be created on your home’s interior by simulating various degrees of solidity with either shading or small dots. A simple way to achieve stippling is to first apply a base coat and then to stab the wall with a different paint or a glaze in vertical sections. The stabbing action creates the look of a dotted texture. This may be a challenging technique for homeowners, which is why many trust our paint professionals to achieve this and many other types of painting techniques in their home.


An elegant look of moiré wall coverings can be achieved with smooshing. A moiré pattern can be described as a secondary and visually obvious second pattern being superimposed onto a surface. The marbled effect of the smooshing technique is relatively easy to achieve. You apply a base color and then apply a glaze mixture quickly. Using Benjamin Moore, use four parts Studio Finishes Latex Glaze (405) and one part Stone Hearth (984).


With the correct tools, you can use the harlequin style for your walls. The harlequin is a distinct diamond pattern that is popular in nurseries and children’s rooms. Achieving this method involves applying painter’s tape in diagonal strips and painting each diamond a different color than what is underneath the tape.


For some wonderful character on your walls, use the fresco painting technique. This process gives walls a parchment look. The Benjamin Moore paints used for fresco painting are simple to clean and are practically odorless. This method is great for hiding imperfections on the wall surface. In essence, this look is achieved by mixing six parts glaze with two parts regular paint and applying with a roller.

Chalkboard Paint

Chalk Board Wall - Interior Paint CTChalkboard paints come in all of the basic colors; and they are washable, erasable, and durable. These days, chalkboard surfaces are a popular choice, in addition to being very practical for many purposes besides the classroom. There are limitless creative applications for chalkboard paints, whether a small project or entire walls. More good news is that painting over chalkboard paint is not difficult or complicated.


Finally, sponging is a simple and popular technique that adds depth to walls. Different effects can be achieved. For example, to add depth to a room, sponge a lighter color over a darker shade. For a subtle look, use two different tones of the same hue.

Painting a home is often more of a project than homeowners can manage while continuing their day-to-day routines. For best results and a more convenient experience, contact our paint professionals to achieve the paint effect you want for your home.

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