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Paint effects

Paint Effects

Welcome

A freshly painted wall looks beautiful but what if you’re after something just a little different. Or you’d like to upcycle some furniture and a straight paint finish might look a little plain? Paint effects allow you the freedom to capture a mood, create an ambience and transform the mundane into something special... more


The right products / tips and tricks

The right products... tips and tricks to get you started

There are a number of specialty Resene products to help you create useful and beautiful surfaces - metallics, washes, textures, crackle effects, shimmery sparkles, chalkboards, magnetic surfaces and more. Also, helpful tips and tricks to get you started... more


Colour washes / paint washes

Washes

Learn about colourwashing, limewash or French wash, water colour walls, white and grey wash, plus how to use Resene Paint Effects Medium... more


Woodgrain paint effects

Woodgrain

Woodgraining looks best where wood might normally have been used. In the majority of cases, it is best to use tones of the same colour... more


Marbling

Marbling

There are as many techniques for marbling as there are varieties of natural marble, often using a combination of ragging, dry-brushing and ‘painting’ with a feather... more


Brushed metallic and crackle finishes

Brushed metallic/Crackle finishes

Brushed metallic finishes gives a similar effect to a wash, but takes full advantage of the properties of metallic paints from the Resene Special Effects and Metallics range. Another great aged effect is a crackle finish. And with Resene FX Crackle, it takes very little effort... more


Dry-brush gilding and spattering and stippling

Dry-brush 'gilding'/Spattering and stippling

Dry-brushing is an easy way to achieve a bronze metallic look with a verdigris finish. Spattering is showering a fine spray of paint onto a surface by running your finger across a paint-loaded brush. Stippling can give a similar look or a much denser finish, depending on how much paint you apply... more


Sponging and ragging

Sponging and ragging

These effects are similar in regards to technique but give different looks. These can look as bold or as subtle as you like depending on the variation in colour between the basecoat and the topcoat.... more


Ombre

Ombre

Ombre effects have become popular for their soft melting effect. As a gradual transition of colour from dark to light, an ombre feature will add whimsy to a room... more


Antiquing

Four quick tricks to age furniture.... more


Stencilling

Stencilling

Stencils are a hugely flexible and diverse way of adding pattern to virtually anything. You can do entire walls, portions of furniture, pots, the edges of floors, frames, or whatever takes your fancy... more


Prints/decoupage

Prints/Decoupage

Paint can be used for printing using a variety of techniques, from the humble potato print to more ambitious methods. Printing is the reverse of stencilling... more


Chalkboards

Chalkboards

As many homeowners have found out over the years, chalkboards are an extremely handy way to create a noticeboard, and are also a great way to give your home a changing canvas of artworks from whoever in the family is feeling creative at the time... more


Masked effects

Simple masked effects

Masking tape is not only a decorator’s friend, but also a creative person’s helpmate. Simple and effective, colour-blocking can transform a wall, or piece of furniture like a bookcase... more


Colour blocking

Colour blocking

Simple and effective, colour-blocking can transform a wall, or piece of furniture like a bookcase. You can use sections of a wall, use your blocks of colour in a random way or apply a repeating pattern based on simple shapes like triangles, rectangles or squares. Or you can create more dramatic walls like the 3D geometric effect in this bedroom at left... more


Using stripes / get creative

Stripes/Get creative

As far as geometrics go, stripes are one of the most classic, and handiest, shapes to use to transform a wall, a tray, a floor and even a ceiling. With the wide range of Resene paints and colours, and your imagination, it’s possible to create a truly unique effect on your walls, floor, ceiling, furniture or virtually anything else... more


 
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