Wall design with sponge technique – 3 smart methods and ideas
Of all wall design methods, none is easier or provides more attractive results than the sponge technique. You do not need a precise hand or expensive tools for this classic of the 90s. You do not even have to put up with stinking, dirty, oil-based paints because they're all latex paints. Unlike many other methods, the sponge technique is also perfect for beginners. If e.g. If a part of your wall gets too bright, you do not have to start over. You can just dab some darker color on it and the mistake is already made good. We will show you helpful instructions on three of the most popular sponge technique methods and accompany you with suitable examples and ideas.
Metallic colors are currently totally in
This facility draws much inspiration from nature
Very high ceilings do not have to be completely painted
How fast will a room cope with sponge technology?
While sponge technology is generally easier to master than many other methods, it does not go very fast. You must first remove any cracks and holes and cover all surfaces with tape and foil. The waiting time between layers depends on how many colors you want to use. You must have at least a full weekend off for a medium-sized living room.
Obtain all required materials:
- A hand-sized natural sponge. This is more expensive than a pot sponge, but leaves a much more varied and interesting pattern. Latex paints are also very easy to wash out, so basically you just need a sponge.
- About five different latex paints and colorless glaze.
- Paint tray, paint roller, brush, measuring cup
Some scooters are specially designed for sponge technology
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 make your selection. Browse through coloring brochures and get to know the basics of the color wheel. Use your furniture and decorative elements as a guideline and complement their color scheme. Their colors should range from a lighter to a darker shade to achieve the desired depth and texture.
Once you've picked your colors, it's time to experiment with them. So you have a plan in mind and get a feel for the sponge technique. Try different orders and combinations on a piece of cardboard or other smooth surface that you will not regret. Allow your experiment to dry completely and place it in the room you want to paint. The appearance varies greatly under different lighting conditions.
Combine colors from the same gamut or those that complement each other
Easy to turn classic sponge technology into reality
The classic sponge technique is the dabbing technique. First, paint the entire wall in one or two coats of base paint and let it dry completely. This base will be easy to find in the end. Now mix 1 part of your second color with 4 parts of glaze. The more glaze, the more transparent your wall paint becomes. Moisten natural sponge in water and wring well. Apply the paint with a brush and lightly dab the sponge over the painted wall. Turn the sponge so that the tracks are irregular. Allow the latex to dry for at least four hours and then sponge the second color. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the final result.
Start with the darkest color
For a house with Victorian flair, you can create such a vintage look
This decor and color choice look very youthful and, despite the gray wall, very cheerful
Sponge technique with loss of color
In this sponge technique, remove some paint that you previously applied to a base with a roller. This method is quicker and easier if two people participate in it – you or your partner paint the paint, the other one lifts it off with a slightly damp, clean natural sponge. Here again two or more colors can be used, but the result is much more discreet.
They have to work fast and in small areas so that the latex does not dry
The final 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 uniform holes and rectangular shape provide just the right brick look for this project. Start by painting the wall in gray or beige – this will be the "mortar". Now prepare two shades (brick red and terracotta). Brush the moistened sponge with the deeper color and then apply a few swatches of lighter color here and there. Press the sponge horizontally against the wall and lift it up gently without smearing the brick shape. Continue until your "brick wall" is completely covered. From a pot sponge, you can also cut many different shapes and thus cover your walls with creative stamps.
Create an artful optical illusion
Stamp instead of wallpaper for the kitchen
Cute polka dot pattern for the room of a little princess
The sponge technique can provide very versatile results
Magic moon phases on the wall
Geometric shapes are particularly suited to the modern industrial furnishing style
Sponge technology is the quickest and easiest way to refresh your space without breaking the bank. The results are absolutely unique and breathtaking every time. The sponge technique is also the perfect project for inexperienced DIY enthusiasts. Even if you make a mistake, just sponge over the wrong spot to camouflage it. And while sponge technology is most commonly associated with walls, this method can be applied to virtually any other surface, such as doors, furniture, floors, ceilings, canvas, clothing, and many others.
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