Decorative Wall Painting Techniques

Written 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 evenrepparttar 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 ofrepparttar 100020 techniques that does use two shades of color, you can pick a darker color than you normally would chose for your base color, sincerepparttar 100021 lighter top color will makerepparttar 100022 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 intorepparttar 100023 lighter paint color and sponge or dragrepparttar 100024 lighter color overrepparttar 100025 base coat until you are satisfied withrepparttar 100026 effect. If you are unhappy with your final result, you can repaint any areas that you don’t like withrepparttar 100027 base coat. Oncerepparttar 100028 repainted area is dry, repeatrepparttar 100029 faux painting technique.

If you are considering using a decorative painting technique such as stenciling or stamping,

Tips for Decorating Children's Rooms

Written 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 isrepparttar time to make that plan.

The foundation of your decorating plan should be flexible enough to work with several themes overrepparttar 100019 years. By foundation I meanrepparttar 100020 flooring, paint or other wall treatment andrepparttar 100021 furniture. You could also carry this one step further and considerrepparttar 100022 window treatments. If you have these basics in place, it will so much easier to just get a few new items inrepparttar 100023 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 withstandrepparttar 100024 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 forrepparttar 100025 lower portion ofrepparttar 100026 wall and satin forrepparttar 100027 upper portion inrepparttar 100028 same color. It will giverepparttar 100029 look of two coordinating colors andrepparttar 100030 lower part will be easier to clean.) Quality furniture can be expensive, but if you buy it a piece at a time withrepparttar 100031 future in mind you will save money inrepparttar 100032 long run. Why not buy furniture that your child can take to that first apartment, and then hand down torepparttar 100033 kids? The convertible cribs are great! They morph from crib to toddler bed to full size bed, and cost aboutrepparttar 100034 same. (Hint: You can buy some real quality used furniture for much less than new. And chances are it’ll outlastrepparttar 100035 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 haverepparttar 100036 edges bound to make your own area rug.) Window treatments are right up there with some ofrepparttar 100037 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 thatrepparttar 100038 more fabric and other soft furnishings you have inrepparttar 100039 room,repparttar 100040 more it will help with deadening noise.)

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