Selecting Sponge Paint

What You'll Need
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Paint brush

Using sponge paint methods is an ideal way of decorating your room in an interesting way without having to spend too much money. Sponge painting is perhaps the easiest method of creating an speckled effect, which can also help to cover slight imperfections in the surface of your wall. Those who wish to use sponge painting methods should be aware that it involves using two colors of paint, a background and a paint which is then applied by the sponge, Getting these right is vital to the effectiveness of the finished product. While some may find the choosing of sponge paints intimidating, following a few simple steps can help you get the best from your interior decorating style.

Step 1 - Choose Your Background Paint

The most important paint in the sponge painting process is that which goes on as the background. You should pick a large, bright color which will not dominate the room, but will not be too bland to fade into the background. Don't pick a white or cream color, as this can make it seem as though you have simply left some dirty smudges on a white-painted room. A pale blue or yellow could be the ideal background paint if you wish to use a striking sponge paint.

Step 2 - Finding the Right Acrylic

The sponge paint you will be applying over the top should be a natural acrylic paint. Take care to choose a paint variety that mixes well with the background paint you have been using, as you want your sponge paint to stay on the wall, and not slide to the bottom because it is not compatible with the background paint. The paint should be thinly mixed, so that it does not produce too many lumps when you use it on the walls.

Step 3 - Selecting the Color

You should be looking for a color of paint that contrasts nicely with your background paints, but does not clash totally with it. Mixing a green background with red sponge paint, for example, could make your eyes sore after a while. Yellows and blues can also produce unsightly clashes. As well as contrast, you should consider sponge paints that suit the background, without being completely absorbed by the larger color. For example, a bright green and light yellow might make it difficult to distinguish the sponge pattern that you will be working hard to produce.

Step 4 - Testing the Color

Once you have decided upon a few colors you might use on your wall, experiment in areas that will be hidden by furniture. Behind a cupboard, or a headboard, will be ideal. Paint your background color, and then use the glaze with a little of the sponge paints you would like, and dip your sponge in the first. Dab it onto the wall, and repeat (you may need to wash the sponge or use different sponges for each color). Leave the test areas to dry, and then check back after two or three days. This should give you a good impression of the right sponge paint for your needs.