ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Color Wash and Dry Brush Faux Paint Techniques for Your Walls

Updated on September 12, 2012

Faux paint treatments create textural finishes, adding visual interest to your design scheme. Two faux paint treatments, color washing and dry brushing, are good choices for DIY projects, as the techniques are easy to learn. Always apply a coat of quality primer to the walls before starting your faux paint treatment.

Color Washing
Color washing treatments give your walls an aged appeal. Select two shades of the same color. One shade should be mid-to-dark in color range, while the second is two shades lighter. For example, a shade of fiery orange with a peach color would work well.

Apply a base coat of off-white. Apply a second coat of the off white in short strokes at a 45 degree angle using a wide brush, much like making large Xs.

Apply a third coat in the lighter shade, again using short, angled strokes. Work quickly, as you need to apply the fourth coat of the darker color while the lighter shade is slightly wet.

For the darker color, dip the paint brush and wipe off most of it on the side of the can or paint tray. This is called dry brushing. Apply the paint in short strokes while blending it with the still damp lighter color. Work with the brush and paint until you are satisfied with the overall effect.

Illustration of the dry brush treatment
Illustration of the dry brush treatment

Dry Brush
Dry brushing creates a woven, cross-hatch appearance in which the color deepens and lessens as if various shades of thread were woven together along the surface of the walls. The dragging of a dry brush across the walls causes the paint to fade in and out. Apply a base coat of eggshell white paint. Select two shades of the same color, one light shade and one two to three shades darker.

Dip the tip of a wide brush into the lighter shade of paint and wipe it against the edge of the paint can or tray. Drag the tip of the brush at a right angle across the surface and then quickly cross it with a left angle stroke. Cross the left angled stroke at a right angle; this creates the cross-hatch effect that gives this technique its depth. Continue this pattern until you complete the room. The effect at this point will be blotchy. Allow the paint to dry.

Use the same technique with the darker shade, using slightly more paint and longer strokes. The second, darker shade of cross-hatching creates a smooth contrast within the treatment.

Use the original eggshell white to blend, keeping the strokes short and the brush dry.

TIP: Practice the techniques on scraps of primed drywall before starting on your walls. The length of your strokes and how much paint you use to blend affects the overall appearance in these treatments.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Nice, simple instructions for faux techniques that make a big, but subtle impact.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)