You don’t need to be an artistic genius or even an interior decorating whiz to use a number of painting techniques available to give your home a little oomph. And best all, these interior painting techniques are easy to learn, difficult to screw up and cheap as heck. Those looking to add some decorative touches to a wall can add an artistic flourish without breaking the bank or needing to spend a lot of time learning the business.
Combing provides a texture coincident with its name. If you want to give your wall the same basic look as freshly combed hair, you can use the very same tool. Experiment with combs of different sizes in teeth or the space between the teeth or the material that the teeth are made from. Paint the wall with a brush and then apply the comb to create a grain. You can apply the comb either horizontally or vertically to create a grain or try different geometric shapes. Cheap and high artistic if done right.
Forget what you may know about the word frottage when it comes to hanging out in crowds of people and instead know that you can turn a plainly painted wall into a marble-esque masterpiece using nothing but a smaller brush and tissue painted. Frottage is best accomplished using a contrasting color of a vivid bold hue. After you’ve painted the base of the wall, use a smaller paintbrush to create criss-crossed patterns. Place a small piece of tissue paper over the surface while still wet and then slowly pull the paper away from the wall. The result should something not dissimilar to the veins running through bleu cheese. Cheap, quick and quite effective.
Another inexpensive way to lend your interior decorating a more artful sort of soul is to dilute your paint with plain water. Experiment until you find just the right ratio of dilution with the intent of ending up with a wall that contains streaks that almost create the illusion of looking through glasses with slightly blur the image. Best effects are created by colorwashing with the use of a large brush. Broad swaths that result in a subtle criss-cross design is what you are going for.
Maybe the easiest way to give a painted wall the look of an artfully designed piece of interior decorating is with a plain old sponge. A moistened sponge dipped into paint and then dabbed against the wall is a method utilized by millions. The trick to creating a wall that really stands out when compared to all those millions of walls is experimentation. Don’t be afraid to use both artificial and natural sponges. Use sponges of various shapes and if you don’t like the result, take scissors to the sponge and create your own distinctive shape. Experimentation in sponging a wall can also be accomplished with the technique with which the paint is applied. Try out a variety of shapes, directions and amounts of pressure applied.