If you’re looking for a way to give your home a professional designer look without the expense of hiring one, there is a relatively simple faux painting technique that can transform ordinary walls into extraordinary walls. Color washing, also known as glazing, is a type of decorative painting that creates a multi-dimensional, textured effect to walls, ceilings or any surface it is applied to. The technique involves a two-step process where a base color is layered underneath a second glaze color. Various visual effects are created depending on the method used to apply the glaze mixture.
One of the most straightforward techniques is to apply the glaze mixture with a soft, damp rag. This typically results in a soft, mottled or marbled look that is subtle, yet elegant:
When applying glaze with a brush, start with a large “X” pattern, about 12 inches tall and wide. Continue to fill in the space using criss cross brush strokes until the color is blended with the base color showing through. Go back over the area with a clean dry brush to feather and soften any brush strokes that remain.
If you choose to use a sponging technique, wet the sponge with water and then wring it out thoroughly. Dip the damp sponge into the glaze and dab the color on the wall. Continue blotting color in random patterns, leaving several inches between each blot until there is no more glaze left on the sponge. Go back and fill-in the empty spaces without reloading the sponge. Always work in small sections when color washing, in areas about 4′ x 4′.
You can pick up sample boards at paint stores such as Sherwin-Williams that you can use to practice faux painting techniques like color washing. Once you have your favorite technique mastered, you can give your walls an artistic makeover that will certainly impress guests at your next dinner party!