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11. Old World Fresco Color Washing or Mottling

Old world fresco paint technique
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

Old world fresco color washing or mottling technique is often used in old world, Tuscan, or traditional style bedrooms. It’s a wonderful way to add character to a wall or accent wall in these types of bedrooms. To create an old world fresco color wash or mottling, as seen in this example from Valspar Paint, is similar to the color washing technique but an additional textured lime wash is applied over the top.

12. Crackle Effect

Crackled Dresser.
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

The crackle effect is used on furniture to give a dated or worn look that is perfect when designing a country style, old world or traditional bedroom. To create the crackle effect, as seen in the crackled dresser idea from Valspar Paint, is a matter of using certain types of paints, like Valspar Signature Colors Faux Porcelain Crackle Glaze or Weathered Crackle Glaze along with a satin base coat and flat paint top coat.

13. Strié, Dragging and Linen Weave

Drag Linen Weave Paint Technique.
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

The dragging (or strié) and linen weave paint techniques can be a great way to add texture to a modern, contemporary, or eclectic bedroom wall. To create the strié or dragging technique, mix a satin base coat color and glaze, apply the mixture on the wall in sections, then drag your wallpaper brush over the wet glaze vertically or horizontally. To create the look of a linen weave, as pictured in this example from Valspar Paint, drag your wallpaper brush over the wet glaze both vertically and horizontally.

14. Granite

Granite Bedroom Idea.
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

The granite paint technique is a great idea for traditional, eclectic, or contemporary bedroom. This technique can be an accent wall or applied all over creating a wonderful texture and color as in this bedroom idea from Valspar Paint. To create the granite look, you’ll need a Valspar Signature Colors Granite Finish in your desired color, paint a base coat over the entire wall surface, after the base coat dries, apply another coat with a 3” or 4” paint brush in a “X” pattern.

15. Metals and Patinas

Metal and patina painting technique.
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

The metal and patina paint techniques are normally found in modern, contemporary or conspicuous style bedroom ideas as an overall wall color. To create the metal or patina look, as pictured in the example from Valspar Paint, is to paint your wall with a base coat color, after it’s completely dry, then apply a metal or patina paint glaze with a sponge.

16. Rag Rolling

Rag rolling paint technique
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

Rag rolling is another paint technique often found in country style, old world or traditional bedroom ideas. It too can be a great accent wall or overall wall color. To create the rag rolling technique, as pictured in this example from Valspar Paint, is to paint your walls with a overall base color, once dry then apply a darker or lighter glaze color mixture with a rag by rolling it over the wall in random directions.

17. Sandstone

Sandstone Paint in Bedroom.
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

Sandstone is another look you can incorporate into a traditional, contemporary or eclectic bedroom idea. As the name suggest, this technique creates a textured sandstone finish on your wall, as pictured in this bedroom idea from Valspar Paint. To create the sandstone paint technique you’ll need sandstone paint, like the Valspar Signature Colors Sandstone, applied to your wall with a paint roller in a “W” pattern.

18. Sponging

sponging paint technique
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

Sponging, like rag rolling, is another textured wall paint technique often found in traditional, contemporary or eclectic bedroom ideas. To create the sponging technique, as shown in the example from Valspar Paint, paint your walls with a base coat color, then use a sponge roller in sections to apply the glaze mixture.

19. Textured Stone

Textured Stone Paint Technique.
Photo courtesy of Valspar Paint.

The textured stone paint technique is another way to add unique decor to your bedroom walls. This is a great way to replace wallpaper borders or stencils in old world, Tuscan, or traditional bedroom ideas. To create a textured stone paint technique, like this stamped stone example from Valspar Paint, is to use a special type of paint, such as the Valspar Signature Colors Faux Textured Stone, applied to your wall in a couple of coats, while the plaster mixture is still wet, stamp it with a foam stamp. Other options with this technique is to create an aged stucco effect.

20. Venetian Plaster

The Venetian plaster paint technique is a wonderful idea you can use in a Tuscan, traditional, modern, contemporary, or any bedroom style. It's a beautiful and universal option that provides wonderful character, texture, and color to your walls. To create the Venetian plaster technique you'll need to paint your walls with plaster paint, such as the Valspar Signature Colors Venetian Plaster, while the paint is still wet, go back and press it down with a plaster spatula.

21. Layered Colors

Purple Office Idea.
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

The layered paint technique is a simple way to add a monochromatic color scheme to your bedroom walls. This technique is done by using three shades of a color and applying one to your bedroom ceiling, one to your wall, and another to your trim or wainscoting. To create the layered technique, find three colors within the same hue. The easiest way to find these colors is to use a color swatch or color sample that has various hues on it from light to dark. Once you’ve picked your three colors, then decide how to apply your choices; the most common practice is to apply the lightest shade on the ceiling, next to the lightest shade on your walls, and the darkest shade on your trim or wainscoting. This is a brilliant technique to use in any pastel or color complement bedroom idea.

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