Wall design with sponge technique – 3 smart methods and ideas
Of all the methods of wall design, none is easier or gives more attractive results than the sponge technique. You don’t need a precise hand or expensive tools for this classic from the 90s. You don’t even have to put up with smelly, dirty oil-based paint, as only latex paints are used here. Unlike many other methods, the sponge technique is also perfect for beginners. For example, if part of your wall gets too light, you don’t have to start over. You can just dab a little darker paint on it and the mistake is made up for. We will show you helpful instructions for three of the most popular sponge technique methods and accompany you with suitable examples and ideas.
Metallic colors are totally in right now
This facility draws a lot of inspiration from nature
Very high ceilings do not need to be completely painted
How quickly will a room be finished with the sponge technique?
While the sponge technique is generally easier to master than many other methods, it doesn’t happen very quickly. You must first remove any cracks and holes and cover all surfaces with tape and foil. The waiting time between layers then depends on how many colors you want to use. So you need to have at least a full weekend free for a medium-sized living room.
Obtain all the materials you need:
- A hand-sized natural sponge. Although this is more expensive than a pot sponge, it leaves a much more varied and interesting pattern. Latex paints are also very easy to wash out of them, so you basically only need a sponge.
- About five different latex colors and colorless glaze.
- Paint tub, paint roller, brush, measuring cup
Some rollers are specially designed for the sponge technique
Create exciting stripe patterns with masking tape
Choose the right colors and experiment with them
Before you start buying your latex paints, you should first decide your choices. Browse through painting brochures and learn the basics of the color wheel. Use your furniture and decorative elements as guidelines and complement their color scheme. Your colors should range from a lighter shade to a darker shade to achieve the depth and texture you want.
Once you’ve chosen your colors, it’s time to experiment with them. This will give you a plan in mind and a feel for the sponge technique. Try different orders and combinations on a piece of cardboard or any other smooth surface that you will not regret tainting. Let your experiment dry completely and put it in the room you want to paint. The appearance varies a lot under different lighting conditions.
Combine colors from the same gamut or those that complement each other
Easily implement classic sponge technology into reality
The classic sponge technique is the dab technique. First, paint the entire wall in a coat or two of base paint and let it dry completely. This basis is easy to look through at the end. Now mix 1 part of your second color with 4 parts of glaze. The more glaze, the more transparent your wall color will be. Moisten the natural sponge in water and wring it out well. Now apply the paint with a brush and lightly dab the sponge over the painted wall. Rotate the sponge so that the marks are irregular. Let the latex dry for at least four hours and then sponge on the second color. Repeat the process until you are happy with the end result.
Start with the darkest color
For a house with a Victorian flair, you can create a vintage look like this
This decor and color choice look very youthful and, despite the gray wall, very cheerful
Sponge technique with removing paint
With this sponge technique, you remove some of the paint that you previously applied to a base with a roller. This method is faster and easier if two people take part – you or your partner brush on the paint, the other lifts it off with a slightly dampened, clean natural sponge. Here again two or more colors can be used, but the result is much more subtle.
You need to work quickly and in small areas so that the latex doesn’t dry out
The end results are similar to subtle pastel colors
Use the sponge as a stamp to create a brick wall look
In contrast to the other techniques, a pot sponge is used here. Its even holes and rectangular shape provide just the brick look you need for this project. Start by painting the wall gray or beige – this will be the “mortar”. Now prepare two shades (brick red and terracotta). Brush the dampened sponge with the deeper color, then add a few dabs of the lighter color here and there. Press the sponge horizontally against the wall and gently pick it up without smearing the brick shape. Continue until your “brick wall” is completely covered. You can also cut out many different shapes from a pot sponge and cover your walls with creative stamps.
Create an elaborate optical illusion
Stamps instead of wallpaper for the kitchen
Cute polka dot pattern for a little princess’ room
The sponge technique can deliver very versatile results
Magic moon phases on the wall
Geometric shapes go particularly well with modern industrial furnishing styles
The sponge technique is the quickest and easiest way to freshen up your room without breaking the bank. The results are absolutely unique and breathtaking every time. The sponge technique is also the perfect project for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. Even if you make a mistake, just swam over the faulty spot to camouflage it. And while the sponge technique is most commonly associated with walls, it can be applied to virtually any other surface, such as doors, furniture, floors, ceilings, canvas, clothing, and many others.
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