Painting techniques that pack a punch

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 31 2021
Home Painting techniques that pack a punch

By Shafiya Nawzer

Are you ready for a change on your 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. 

Everyone knows a coat of paint is the easiest way to perk up an interior. Add pattern, from simple colour blocks to intricate stencils for a pick-me-up that packs a creative and personalised punch.

Some rooms, such as a family room or guest room, are best with basic or simple modern wall painting techniques, while rooms that are used as centrepieces of the house, such as a formal living room or dining room, will want something more elegant. Don’t forget that the colour you choose is of utmost importance.

It’s not only the colour of a room that defines its appearance but the technique used to apply the paint. By changing how you execute the colours, you can transform a room from old-fashioned, dull or ordinary to modern, welcoming or relaxing. It’s simply a matter of taste and the colour and technique you choose. These are the key features to giving your house the right look and bringing out your personality.

Colour washing

Add visual texture to any room or cover up a damaged or imperfect wall with colour washing. This popular technique uses thinned-out paint with a glaze to create a sophisticated yet aged-looking wall. This easy form of faux finishing is commonly used by beginning painters but is typically perfected by professional finishers. Historically, it was created with oil-based solutions because of the longer drying time; however, today paint companies are using water-based glazes.

Colour washing can be done in any paint colour and is usually applied over lid-coloured paint. To get the right look, you should use long sweeping strokes to bring the glaze colours together. This technique would work in any room in your house.


DIY enthusiasts, this one are for you. Wall stencilling is a simple and easy way to add sophistication and intrigue to your space without the cost of hiring a professional. All you need to do is order the stencil that strikes your taste and spend an afternoon being artistic to your walls. And if you're stuck for ideas, the internet is overflowing with stencil inspiration


Strié is the French expression for streaking. It is one of the most stunning wall painting techniques that creates a look that resembles linen material. Strié technique creates horizontal or vertical lines with paints which adds this stunning warmth and amazing texture to your space. The best thing about this style is that it sensibly blends with any panache.

Quality brushes and rollers 

If you're splurging on great paint, you don't want to pinch your wallet on the application. Good brushes and roller covers give excellent coverage so that you don't waste time and paint on re-application, and high-end painter's tape is the real deal when it comes to sealing out drips and blurs.

Metals and patinas

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

Colour block

This technique (also called colour blocking) involves painting shapes of various sizes to highlight an architectural feature like a fireplace or to define an area or particular h

piece of furniture like a bed. For a simple approach, paint a large square behind an armchair that you want to bring attention to. For the advanced class, try painting several blocks of different colours to structure the space.

Start by making a to-scale sketch of your design on paper; adjust, as necessary. Next, transfer your design by using masking tape to outline the sections to be painted. A quality roller and a small brush will be your best friends, and the tape will ensure you execute a crisp-lined design.

Fade effect 

Easier to achieve than it looks, the gradient paint effect, also called ombre, is a unique way to dress up a wall and imbue a room with a soft and romantic mood. Fade from top to bottom or even left to right for a more modern look. This technique can also be used to add character to wood furniture, such as a dresser or a side chair.

There are many ways to get this effect. One method is to roll on a basecoat and let it dry; mark three equal sections with a light pencil line; roll on a darker shade in the middle section then, while wet, use a brush to blend the edge into the lighter section; repeat with the darkest colour at the top.

Colour zones

Use colour to define zones like sleeping and playing areas in a child’s room. A more micro application of this technique is painting the back of a bookshelf or a display case in a vibrant colour that makes the items on display pop. It adds a playful touch. Pick a colour that is already in the room, whether on the cushions, artwork, rugs or other decor elements and to create a cohesive whole.

When painting the back of a bookshelf, save time and get a better result by removing the back panel first. Lay it flat on the floor and paint it with a roller; let dry and then reinstall. 


With or without wainscotting, painting a wall in two tones can be striking. Choose a colour and use a bright tone on the upper half of the wall and a neutralised tone at the bottom, or try a light tone on top and dark on the bottom. The wall can be divided equally or not, depending on the desired effect.

When using more than one colour in a room, choose shades that evoke the mood you want to create. For example, in a space devoted to pleasure and relaxation, you might opt for a bright colour as an accent, but balance it by using a more soothing main shade.


Another way to update an exterior concrete wall is by creating a marble effect with paint. Marbleising adds a touch of elegance to the outside of your house at a relatively cheap cost for materials. You can use any colour you want to design the veins and swirls of the marble. 

Get rid of all debris on the wall before starting as it can ruin the marbleising effect

The wall should be in good condition and this type of effect can also be used on cement walkways. Be sure to double-check all your measurements. 

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 31 2021

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