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Textured Wall Painting Ideas: From Faux Wood to Linen Effects

Textured Wall Painting Ideas

There are so many different wall painting techniques that you’ll never have to settle for a one colored wall again. Using a combination of paint and glazes you can create a range of different textures, from linen to marble. The main tools used for these techniques are quite basic: paint roller, painters tape, painting combs, sponges, brushes, even steel wool – depending on the style and texture you want. Here are some ideas on how you can paint your walls and the basic tools you’ll need.

Fabric: Linen is a great texture to have painted on a wall, just like the walls in pictures (1) & (2). Ways to create this effect include dragging a dry brush over wet paint. You can even have multiple colors by having a base paint, say yellow, let it dry and then paint over it with red – while that is still wet drag a dry brush over it. This creates grooves that show the yellow paint underneath (3).

Faux Painting Tools

Frottage: This is a cool and creative looking texture (4) (5). What you need here is a lint free rag. Either paint the wall then sponge the wet paint with a rag, or dip the rag in paint and apply it to the wall (6) (this is called ragging).

Silk & Weaves: Steel wool can be used to create a silk effect (7) while brushes and combs create a weave texture (8).

Marble and Faux Stone Effects: There are a few ways to create a stone like texture. There is sponging (9), using a cloth (10), or using a paint brush. Colorwashing is another way – this is when you use a combination of diluted paint hues to create a stone like effect.

Faux Bois (Fake Wood): Yup, you can even create a wooden looking wall with paint (11) – just by using a painting comb and a wood grain brush.

Decorative Wall Painting Ideas: Other decorative wall painting techniques include creating stripes using painter’s tape (12) or a stripe comb – and stenciling (13).

Looking Up: All of these ideas don’t just have to stay on the walls. Check out the ceiling in picture (14).

For a great guide on how to do most of these faux painting techniques for your home, have a look at this step by step guide by Martha Stewart here.

Martha Stewart has a complete kit that can get you going with most of these painting techniques and ideas – which can be found here. Some of the individual tools, like the linen brush, can be found on Amazon here. But most of these paint designs won’t need much more than some simple household items (sponge, rag). 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 & 8/9/10/11/12/13/14

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February 27, 2013 in Decor

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7 Responses to Textured Wall Painting Ideas: From Faux Wood to Linen Effects

  1. linda April 24, 2014 at 3:35 am #

    Where do u buy the painting comb and wood grain brush for paint project 11

    • Jacob April 25, 2014 at 5:32 am #

      Hi Linda,
      You can buy them here

  2. aman January 15, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    is there any way that we can faux paint a wall without a glze

    • Kathryn January 23, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

      The glaze extends the drying time of the paint and makes it much easier to spread and manipulate the paint on the surface. If you are painting a wall and are trying to remove some of what you have painted on which is required by most of the above applications it is almost impossible to achieve the desired result. For best results, I would recommend spending the few extra dollars and buying the glaze. I am a professional Interior Designer who has done most of these finishes myself and even with my experience level would not attempt them without the glaze. In the end, glaze is very forgiving and allows for mistakes and repeating an application until you are satisfied with the desired results. Good luck!

  3. Steve January 22, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    I’m a painting contractor and do this work all the time. Most applications can be done by the home owner. My suggestion, is to try different ideas, play around with different samples to see what you like and what you are able to do. There are no wrong finishes. Maybe start using cardboard or a left over piece of drywall before you start on your walls.

  4. Rosalyn January 23, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Hello Linda
    I’m looking for a pretty stencils.

  5. Kimberly Morgan January 24, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Adding glaze to the paint does two things. First it dilutes the paint making the color more translucent. The more glaze added the more transparent the paint will be. Personal preference is what it comes down to on this decision. Take into consideration, if the paint is not translucent, the end result will not be a faux finish. It will look more like a solid paint color, having no depth or texture. The second thing adding glaze to the paint does is, it actually slows down the drying time of the paint. This gives you more time to work your magic, depending on the effect you are going for. When you take these two factors into consideration, adding glaze is an extra expense and requires extra time for measuring and mixing, but is well worth it.