Useful Painting Techniques for Your Home Interior

A smart eye is great for fashion, but your personal aesthetic shouldn't stop at your wardrobe. The rooms in your house offer you the perfect canvas to display your point of view. Check out some of these useful painting techniques for your home interior the next time you're in the mood to redecorate.

Sponging

For a soft, ethereal look, sponging techniques can make a beautiful border or (for those willing to put in the hours) a stunning overall wall look. Sponge effects can be very graphic if the sponges are in geometric shapes and if you use a high concentration of paint on the sponges. But they can also be abstract and soft. For a modern, elegant twist, try a metallic sponge effect over a bold color like cerulean.

Stenciling

Wall stenciling techniques can bring unique personality to any room. While perfect for cute touches to a nursery or child's room, stenciling can also have grown-up appeal. You can find stencil shapes that range from flowers to koi fish, but a less literal take can come off as very sophisticated. Large, graphic shapes in different colors can make bold backdrops for hanging art. Stencils also can be used to define wall borders that reflect your personality.

Combining color blocks

Think solids can't be bold? Think again. Unexpected color combinations can make a statement in a room without being overwhelming. Gold and silver are modern complements to practically any color. But if you're not quite that adventurous, consider luxurious combinations like navy and forest green or aubergine and crimson. You can combine the colors by doing one on the room's border and one on the main wall, or you can make a bold statement by painting whole walls different colors.

The painting techniques for your home interior that you choose will depend on how adventurous you are. From bold walls of solid color to subtle stipple sponge techniques, you can create a look for your rooms that reflects your personal style.

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