Choosing the Perfect Faux Painting Technique

Choosing a faux painting technique can be overwhelming. We want to make it easy and fun without the need of a personal decorator. If you're creating the look then why not have the satisfaction of creating the beautiful idea also.

Where do you start?

To get started here are some questions you should answer first:

• Am I doing just one room or starting a multiple room project?

• What are my color choices?

• Do I plan on using existing decor such as art work, window treatments, furniture, etc.?

There are other questions I'm sure you could ask but when it comes to choosing a faux painting technique, these can be the big three.

It also helps to know all your faux painting technique choices:

• Tuscan texture

• Venetian Plaster

• Stone Block

• Color Blending

• Stripes

• Harlequin

• Ragging

• Faux granite painting

• Faux brick

• Color washing

• Crackle

• Faux wood graining

• Marble

• Gilding

• Sponging

• Metallic

• Tissue paper

If you are doing just one room, then you might want to choose a faux paint technique that will "flow" with at least the other rooms connected to it. By "flow" I don't mean they have to exactly match, but that it does look better if there is a smooth transition between rooms. Having said that, if you want a dark dining room connected to a light living room, then by all means you should get what you want.

It is your house and whatever makes you happy in your home is what you should do.

If you are starting a multiple room project then you might have much more freedom to do whatever you want.

When starting a multiple room project you can decide your "big picture" color scheme. This helps you choose your perfect faux painting technique. Will it be a cool scheme with blues or greens or will it be a warm scheme with reds, browns, or yellows?

Choosing a color scheme can help you narrow down your paint technique. Cooler colors lend themselves better to paint techniques such as blending, sponging, or color washing. Warmer colors lend themselves better to faux paint techniques such as stone, venetian plaster, and Tuscan texture.

If you plan on using existing decor such as art work or window treatments then you have a good starting point...

faux paint kitchen

...this person wanted her kitchen to match the background of this painting. She now loves the look of her kitchen.

color wash kitchen

It really can be as easy as this. I hope some of these suggestions help, but if you're still stuck, here's another suggestion. Take advantage of more free help. Where's that you ask?

You will no doubt have to go to the paint store at some point to buy materials. Pick one that has an interior decorator or designer on staff. Often they'll be happy to help and more often than not this service is free. It may be another matter if you ask them to come to your home. In that case establish the rate they charge ahead of time. As a last resort this could be money well spent.

One last helpful tip is to always make a small sample of your faux paint technique choice. Then you can hold it up in your room to see if it's perfect or if it needs adjusting. When your sample is right your ready to go.

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