So, now you have plenty of time at home.
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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Are you nuts? Why would you want to list the top 5 painters in Newcastle? ... I hear you ask.
Why would you promote your opposition?
Well, business is business and I know my competition and I know they are hard working, dedicated and enthusiastic business people just like me ... so why not?
Painting is a very competitive business and Newcastle is a small town.
I strive to do the best for my customers and I know the other painting contractors in Newcastle do the same.
So, here's my list of who I consider the top 5 painting companies in Newcastle:
Grant Wood Painting
Painting by Josh
Erics Painting Services
There you go, if you are not sure who to choose for your next painting job I would recommend you use one of these companies.
That is, of course, unless you use Painting Newcastle.
All the best for your next painting job in Newcastle.
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THE COLOURS YOU'RE GOING TO SEE EVERYWHERE IN 2020
Talk to an interior designer and they will tell you that colour has the power to transform a room, whether it's a bold feature wall or an unexpected painted ceiling. However, choosing that perfect color can be quite tricky. To help the process here's some hints from some top designers and color experts.
What colors will dominate homes in 2020? Here are the top colours you will see in homes in the year ahead.
"Pastels are still hugely popular, but I think we’re gravitating towards pastels with added warmth and earthy undertones. For overall colour palettes, we’re using a mix of both spring and autumnal colours." — Young Huh of Young Huh Interiors
“Monochromatic does not have to be pale. Colours like Cobalt Blue, Kelly Green, or even Aubergine can evoke monochromatic in a daring way, that’s full of personality and elegance.” — Jonathan Rachman of Decorist
"My new colour crush is a dusty teal. It is actually an amazing neutral that pairs well with so many colours: camel, rust, navy, peach and pale woods, like white oak and birch. Plus, I love colours that are deep and calming at the same time." — Amy Sklar of Amy Sklar Design
"When it comes to paint colours at Clare, we believe in timeless over trendy. We think people will always prefer more timeless neutrals. But when it comes to colours that have been unexpectedly popular, we’re definitely seeing a trend toward rich, moody hues. Current Mood is the number-two most visited color on our website and gets a ton of love on Instagram. It’s also a top five best-selling colour and outside of this rich green shade, we’re seeing more of an interest in deeper, moodier colours." — Nicole Gibbons of Clare
"In 2020, we're going to see a shift away from the cool colour palette, that defined the last decade, towards warmer, more organic tones. Warm neutrals and tones, in places of cool grays and blues, will be much more popular for colours this coming year." — Cheryl Eisen of Interior Marketing Group
BLACK AND WHITE
“High-contrast black and white is such a dynamic duo. While versatile, I prefer a bold pattern, like Art Deco ziggurat tile, for a little drama. The emotional response is immediate and the look remains timeless.” — Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design
BLUE, GREEN, AND GRAY
"We are embracing rich, saturated blue, green, and gray colours that change based on the time of day and light in the room. They immediately create a mysterious, sexy, and interesting space." — Kristen Peña of K Interiors
“Say goodbye to the cool tones that have ruled for so many years. Shades of chocolate brown, wine, olive green, and yellow ochre are all taking over in homes. We love substituting these warm, natural colors for a neutral on the sofa or walls.” — Marika Meyer of Meyer Interiors
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Ever wondered what colour you should paint your
1. Teal . Teal is quite bold, so it's best to limit it to one area of your bathroom. Maybe cupboard doors?
2. Lavender. This is how you simultaneously add color, and create the most calming bathroom ever.
3. Brown Metallic. Think brown is boring? Think again.
4. Green. Your bathroom is often closed off to the rest of your house, so use it as an excuse to get a little wild.
5. Blue Ombre. Check this out, ombre isn't just a trendy hair color. It also looks awesome on a tiled bathroom wall.
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