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Here's a few Sponge Painting techniques, ideas and examples!
How’s this? Sponge painting can be performed using a natural marine sponge or a regular kitchen sponge. You can end up with contrasting or subtle colour combinations in various sheen and transparency levels.
There are many ways you can apply or remove the existing finish with a sponge and create your own unique look and texture.
Creating your own unique look is all about your choice of colours and how you layer them and your skill with the sponge.
When you mention sponging most people think of the overdone and rough finishes from decades ago?
Back in the 1980’s sponging was done with bold, overstated colours applied with a ‘heavy hand’. Fortunately, sponging techniques have improved since then.
A ‘lighter’ hand and more tasteful and subtle colours has resulted in sponging becoming a popular choice for wall covering these days.
With a little thought, and the use of natural and earthy colours you can produce some very impressive results like the one below. Not the look you would expect if you are used to the old-fashioned methods.
You can use sponge painting techniques in most rooms in your house. You can create a whimsical look in the baby’s room or rumpus room, or a formal look in your dining room.
The only limitation is your imagination!
For example, the walls in the photo above were done with a grass sea sponge which allows you to get a nice imprint pattern which is easy to repeat and results in an impressive textured look, much like wallpaper. This finish gives the kitchen a real earthy look.
You can create a finish which has more depth and character by sponging off the surfaces in a more random pattern. This gives a more dramatic look.
How about your dining room? Wouldn’t you love to have a beautiful, romantic and intimate feel at night but then provide a fresh sunny ambiance during the day?
To achieve this, you would aim for a low-contrast sponged on wall finish. This results in a perfect backdrop for this cosy, welcome look - the soft terra-cotta colours provide this effect, and the hand-painted vines give an old-fashioned charm.
Wallpaper is often used in formal dining rooms to give that ‘traditional’ feel.
As an alternative, you can use layered, coloured glazes which produce a dramatic effect and results in that ‘old world’ charm.
It also allows you to use stronger colours without the heaviness of normal paint products.
The photo above shows you can use sponging in almost any room. If you use some imagination and patience you can produce a beautiful effect just like the one above.
You can even use different shades on the same wall and produce a dramatic effect which contrasts beautifully with the white of the millwork as shown below.
You can produce a much softer finish by sponging off the glaze which results in a smoother, quieter finish suitable for living rooms or bedrooms.
Another example, using the same technique results in a soft finish which blends beautifully with the delicate fabric textures used in this bedroom.
Modern sponging techniques make this master bathroom look and feel like a resort.
It requires multiple layers of tone-on-tone, multi-sheen glazes which are applied randomly using different semi-dry sponges.
The result is spectacular.
You can be a bit more subtle by sponging off resulting in the more mottled finish much like suede. This process provides a warmer and cosier feel fit for a Queen.
This is a nice, no fuss and practical finish which is perfectly suited for a child’s room.
This is done using a semi-dry standard kitchen sponge and decorative paint.
The finish will hide the many stains, fingerprints and scratches usually associated with those early years.
You can also go to the other extreme.In this room, which is a young person’s hideout, all the decorating rules have been broken but the effect is quite startling.
A Caribbean style is the result of the stucco walls being sponged off with some really vivid colours. Warm colours like blue, pink, green, orange and violet create a warm and flamboyant space.
If you want to create a beautiful and impressive entry to your home, a decorative painted finish transforms an entry hall into a stunning first impression.
This rich finish was created by loosely sponging multiple layers of same colour glaze which gives the look of depth.
From and Italian look to a Mexican feel, sponge painting techniques are easily customised to suit any taste or decorating style.
The colours you choose is the main factor in styling your decorating job to suit your home and your unique taste.
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