Decorative Wall Painting TechniquesWritten by Niall Roche
Decorative Wall Painting Techniques
Do your walls seem dull and uninviting? Do you long for a cozy, welcoming room? Consider decorative wall painting techniques, such as sponging, ragging, stenciling or stamping. Even if you have no experience, you can brighten even dullest room quickly and cheaply with one of these easy decorative wall painting techniques.
Before painting your room, pick out a color scheme for your walls. When you chose your paint, remember that many painting techniques use two shades of one color. If you are using one of techniques that does use two shades of color, you can pick a darker color than you normally would chose for your base color, since lighter top color will make final result much lighter.
To sponge or rag a wall, paint on your base color and let it dry thoroughly. Then, dip your sponge or rag into lighter paint color and sponge or drag lighter color over base coat until you are satisfied with effect. If you are unhappy with your final result, you can repaint any areas that you don’t like with base coat. Once repainted area is dry, repeat faux painting technique.
If you are considering using a decorative painting technique such as stenciling or stamping,
Tips for Decorating Children's RoomsWritten by Komee Carpenter 2005
Are you thinking about decorating your children’s rooms? Well don’t think too long, because before you know it, they’ll be grown up and gone!
When you’re decorating kid’s rooms, you can really save yourself a lot of time and money by having a budget and a simple plan. It doesn’t matter what age your child is, if you’re thinking about decorating his or her room, now is time to make that plan.
The foundation of your decorating plan should be flexible enough to work with several themes over years. By foundation I mean flooring, paint or other wall treatment and furniture. You could also carry this one step further and consider window treatments. If you have these basics in place, it will so much easier to just get a few new items in theme of choice, and make a quick change in your kid’s rooms.
Choose a paint color that isn’t too trendy so it will withstand test of time, and add some Wallies™ or Wallpaper Borders as accent. You can always remove or replace them later. If your child wants something “way out there”, maybe do something special just on one wall, and be sure you have enough paint left over so you can paint over that special treatment at a later date! (Hint: Buy semi-gloss for lower portion of wall and satin for upper portion in same color. It will give look of two coordinating colors and lower part will be easier to clean.) Quality furniture can be expensive, but if you buy it a piece at a time with future in mind you will save money in long run. Why not buy furniture that your child can take to that first apartment, and then hand down to kids? The convertible cribs are great! They morph from crib to toddler bed to full size bed, and cost about same. (Hint: You can buy some real quality used furniture for much less than new. And chances are it’ll outlast new furniture any way. Just give it a new coat of paint and you’ll be set.) Often times you won’t have a choice about your flooring, especially if you’re renting. But if you are replacing flooring, choose something basic, again not too trendy in pattern or color. You can always kick it up a notch with accent or area rugs. (Hint: It’s also not that expensive to buy a remnant of carpet and have edges bound to make your own area rug.) Window treatments are right up there with some of most expensive decorating items out there. Granted you can buy inexpensive blinds and shades, but if you spend a little more money on quality, you won’t be replacing them every few years. (Hint: Soft fabric kids curtains can make such a difference, and remember that more fabric and other soft furnishings you have in room, more it will help with deadening noise.)