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. Some techniques also have the practical benefit of disguising less-than-perfect surfaces. In fact, imperfections in the surface can add to the overall impact of the effect.
This booklet contains a taste of the paint effects techniques commonly used, from French wash to crackle, woodgrain to marbling. There are a wide variety of other paint effects techniques that you can use to achieve highly professional results.
When creating a paint effect, the key thing to remember is that there are no hard and fast rules about what you should do. Spend time getting the effect right by trialling different colours and application techniques until you are happy with the finished look. Then use your trial area as a reference board for the whole project. Wall sockets, skirting boards and door frames should be masked off so that the effect may be continued right to the edge.
Mix and match techniques, colours, textures and surfaces. The only limit is your imagination.
The Resene and habitat teams
Contributing stylists: Gem Adams, Amber Armitage, Nikki Astwood, Greer Clayton, Megan Harrison-Turner, Sarah Herring, Laura Lynn Johnston, Sarah Lods, Claudia Kozub, Vanessa Nouwens, Janet Scard, Leigh Stockton, Melle Van Sambeek, LeeAnn Yare.
Contributing photographers: Bryce Carleton, Nicola Edmonds, Wendy Fenwick, Mark Heaslip, Melanie Jenkins, Renee Lawrence, Emma MacDonald, Larnie Nicolson, Frances Oliver, The Picture Garden, Joseph Zou
updated August 2021
habitat plus - paint effects
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