5 Decorative Wall Painting Techniques

When you are ready to redecorate a room, you may want to try some wall painting techniques that are a little different to those you have used before. There are plenty of wall painting techniques to choose from and most of them are very simple to execute. You don’t need any special artistic skills. You only need the willingness to try something new and a few pieces of basic equipment.


No matter what wall painting techniques you employ, your choice of colors is going to be vitally important. There are 2 basic options: You can use either complementary colors or contrasting ones. Both achieve interesting effects but what you choose often depends on what you want to achieve in a room.


Using a repeated stencil on a wall can give the effect of wallpaper without all of the work usually associated with wall coverings. As wall painting techniques go, this is a fairly basic example but you need to be aware of a few things; your stencils need to be repeated in the correct sequence each time and you need to be very careful with your spacing. Otherwise, it can look as if a child has been let loose on the wall.

You should also practice beforehand with the stencil to ensure you keep an even color with each application. Keep all of these things in mind and you’ll have no problem at all.

Faux Painting

Faux wall painting techniques have become very popular and there are a wide range of them to choose from. Success usually depends on 2 things: you must begin with a solid base color then apply a colored glaze over the top. The trick is in the way you apply the material and there are several possibilities available.

You can use a colorwash by lightly applying a different color on top so that the base color actually shows through. Do this with a rag, a brush or a sponge. All 3 mediums create different effects. Remember that you don’t need to restrict yourself to just one color on top; you can use 2 or more for very different effects. With a sponge or rag, just put paint on them and drag them lightly across the wall or simply dab on; the choice is yours and both methods produce different effects.

More complex, but also more satisfying, is the possibility of making a wall look ancient as if it was made of grout and old stone. You can even make a wall look as if it’s covered in suede or plaster.


These days, you can buy paint that can immediately replicate finishes. This makes wall painting techniques extremely simple, although they do tend to be quite expensive and often need to be applied in specific ways.

Stripes And Borders

If you want to make a bold statement, why not try painting your wall in vertical stripes? The result is very arresting, although you do need the right décor to set it off. A little softer is the idea of painting a contrasting border on your wall. This takes less work and is much easier to achieve.