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How To Warm Up Walls With Paint

Transform a small, sterile family room into a room with the look of an English cottage.

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warm up walls with paint
  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prepare the area

The first step in any type of project of this sort is to measure the room carefully and construct a floor plan sketch either freehand or with a computer program. Then, paint semigloss base coat on walls. Let dry overnight. Remove switchplate covers and outlet covers. Cover molding with painter’s tape.

Step 2: Glaze the walls

The type of paint technique Golden chooses for this room is called a Mediterranean paint technique. Achieved entirely with glazes, the technique derives its name from the fact that when it’s dry, it mimics the appearance of an aged wall whose colors have been baked, faded and warmed by the hot Mediterranean sun. Glazes can be messy, so it’s a good idea to use rubber gloves when painting. To achieve the desired type of aged look using the Mediterranean paint technique, choose glazes that are analogous, not complimentary, colors. Analogous colors are typically three colors close to each other on the color wheel. For this project, Golden chooses the glaze colors of gold, raw sienna and burnt umber. Pour a basic glaze into a paint tray. The basic glaze color is typically white. Drizzle the three analogous colors into the basic glaze.

Step 3: Divide the paint

Take a paint stick or stirrer and divide the paint tray into four quadrants. Note: Work with one quadrant at a time to prevent the glazes from bleeding together. Dip a paint roller into the first quadrant. Don’t load the roller with paint. This will make the colors blend, which is not the desired effect of this paint technique.

Step 4: Apply the mixture to the walls

Roll the paint roller onto the wall, painting in a random order. Make sure to work in small areas. Dab the wall with a rag.

Step 5: Keep the wall damp

Mist all four sides of the small area with water to keep the paint from drying. It might be a good idea to invite several friends over to help, especially if the project includes painting an entire room with this technique. Allow paint to dry overnight, and the final result is a texture-filled room, simply by mixing three analogous colors.