If you want the high-end design on a budget, try faux finishes on your walls. Besides giving your home an updated style, long island faux finishes add color and depth to rooms. Although every faux finishing project you tackle will be different, choosing the appropriate colors will always need to be one of your first design choices. Whichever room you're redecorating, your choice of colors will need to take in a wide variety of criteria.
For instance, are you looking for a bold, primary color modern statement or a dark, muddy earth color Victorian look and feel? Are you trying to blend the wall in with your existing décor or are you seeking to create an accent wall that brings its own texture and drama to the room? Are you trying to hide a room's faults or is your ultimate goal to make the wall work within the room's existing strengths? Will you be trying to make the room seem larger or smaller? All of these questions will need to be addressed before you even begin your faux finishing project. In fact, choosing colors really is the first step of the process.
Combing - Combing can give your walls a very dramatic look. First step is to paint your walls your base color and let dry completely - overnight is best. Next, mix your texture color with finishing glaze. Now when you start rolling on your next color, be sure and go from ceiling to floor for about three feet. Next, you take a dry comb or a wallpaper brush and drag it from ceiling to floor in one continuous motion. Wipe off your comb and repeat.
Sponging - Sponging is a very easy and fun technique that gives a room a pretty textured look. You first want to choose your base color. This can be any color of your choice. Prepare the walls and apply the base paint. Be sure and fill in nail holes or other imperfections for a smooth finish.
Crackling - This painting technique produces a distressed, aged look. Paint your wall with the chosen base color. Keep in mind that this color will show through your "crackle" cracks. Let dry overnight. Cover your walls with a crackle faux finish. Let dry until there is no tackiness. This will take about 4 hours. Now you will need to apply a second coat being careful not to overlap your brush strokes. In a few minutes the paint will start to crackle exposing your base color underneath.