Unusual Paint Applications Add Fashion and Fun to Your Space

Unusual Paint Applications Add Fashion and Fun to Your Space

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Written for Huffington Post (By Gail Green)

Fashion is a prime example of expression and individualism. Clothes and accessories make a statement, and there are endless options for distinguishing yourself and having fun. Unusual paint applications and techniques are the clothing of the interior design world — they can distinguish your home and style, creating a unique, fashionable space. There are many different techniques for applying paint, including Venetian plaster, ragging, sponging, and illustrations.



Known for durability and attractiveness, Venetian plaster is an elegant, high-end interior finish that first became popular in Venice, Italy. It consists of several layers of plaster resulting in a glossy, smooth finish that is resistant to dents and scratches. Because of the intricacies of its application, the plaster provides a visually varied appearance while also giving the wall a sense of depth. Its resilient and easy-to-clean surface works miracles in high-traffic or moist areas, like bathrooms and kitchens. Because the creation and application of Venetian plaster can be quite complex, it is usually best to engage a professional decorative painter to perform the work for you.



Ragging, sponging and striae are more cost-effective painting methods that still set your space apart. They allow homeowners to achieve highly sophisticated-looking designs in a relatively short period of time.

Ragging uses thinned paint mixed with a glaze and is applied with a cloth to give the wall an animated texture.

Similarly, sponging involves the use of sponges to alter the textural design of your wall. It introduces depth and shadow to an otherwise flat space.

A striae technique uses consistent vertical lines to produce a striped effect that adds height to the space. It’s great in rooms with lower ceilings or odd angles.



Original illustrations introduce creative points of interest, turning the room itself into a work of art.

Scribing refers to a highly decorative form of writing or drawing, usually with charcoal, on a wall surface. You can play with this technique through words, pictures or artistic compositions.

Similar to scribing, murals add artistic interest and beauty to the space. Instead of charcoal, they use pint, and incorporate the architectural elements of the space directly into the artwork. A trompe l’oeil painter who specializes in complicated renditions of landscapes, architectural elements, and pictoral scenes can help execute your vision for the mural.


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