Adding pizzazz to your interior walls

There are a lot of ways to give a room a unique character. One of the most obvious methods is the color of paint selected. However, there are other techniques that can be used as well.

Accent walls have long been used as a means to add interest to a room. However, it isn’t the only way to use multiple colors within a room. Stripes, whether horizontal or vertical, can be used to create a unique affect and add interest to a room.

Creating stripes can be time-consuming and tedious. A base coat must be applied and allowed to dry sufficiently. Tape is then used to mark the location of the stripes and create a straight line. The stripes can be of equal width and uniform distance apart, or varied. When choosing a pattern it is important to keep in mind the location of doorways and windows, as these can significantly impact both the location and the appearance of the stripes.

The color of the stripes can be bold and dramatically different, or vary only by a shade or two to create a subtle distinction. For even more subtlety the same color can be used for the stripes and base coat, with a higher sheen paint used for the stripes. The difference will be noticeable only at an angle, which can create a very interesting effect.

Another way to create a unique appearance is with faux bricks or stones. The possibilities are almost endless, as the size, shape, and color of the stones or bricks can be varied.

One example is to create faux bricks with joint compound and a stencil. The “bricks” are then painted with a white base coat, a light coat of the adjoining wall color, and then glazes are applied to give the bricks an aged appearance. The remainder of the wall is covered with a thin coat of joint compound. The “mortar” lines can be painted and highlighted to provide depth and interest.

The final appearance looks like a brick wall that had been plastered, and then some of the plaster has fallen off. This technique can be repeated on other walls and to give the room a unique “old-world” charm.

Another way to add pizzazz to a room is with texture. Stucco or similar troweled finishes can provide a masonry-like appearance, and when combined with glazes, color washes, or other decorative techniques, the result can be dramatic.