Decorative painting tips, inspiration and ideas

There are no limits to what you can do with decorative painting, but inspiration and creativity are not enough, and if it’s your first foray into decorative painting, you need to brush up on some painting tips.

Decorative painting can be a lot of fun, provided you are properly prepared from the start. It’s also worth the time and investment to add character to rooms, or value and good looks to furniture and homeware. There are so many things you can do with decorative painting, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research into the various paint effects that you could employ, how to achieve a certain effect or look, and some ‘do’s and don’ts’. There are too many to cover here, so let’s start with a few of the most important painting tips:

Top painting tips for decorative painting

  • Choosing a paint colour: Always use a colour chart to plan your colour combinations.
  • Sketch out your design on paper first, and if you are a first timer, keep it simple.
  • If you are going for an intricate design, draw it out on the wall first with a pencil.
  • Invest in some good quality artists brushes for fine work.
  • Choose matt acrylic paint for decorative designs as shine may alter the final look.
  • Make sure that you have all your tools ready before you start.
  • Let your expert paint supplier advise you on which paints to use for which effects and on which surfaces. Equally important is the advice you’ll get on what and what not to use, where and why.
  • Even if your design is not intricate, it’s important to get advice on the right interior house paint for your decorative project.

Finding inspiration and ideas

There are thousands of sources for inspiration and ideas on decorative painting. Start with your bookstore. The hobbies and crafts section is sure to have a range of publications full of inspirational ideas and point-to-point instruction on technique and painting tips. Pinterest is a great website for inspiring painting ideas and if you find something wonderful you need advice on achieving, you know what to do next.

Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for decorative painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best house and decorative painting products, and we’ll be happy to help get you started on your painting project.

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