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Step up your painting game with these 10 techniques that will introduce color, pattern, and style to your home's decor.


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    • Paint Technique: Geometric Stamping

      Put your own unique stamp on walls with this fun technique. This pattern looks like a series of triangles, but it's really achieved by a series of overlapping diamonds. Click the link below to get step-by-step instructions with photos.

    • Paint Technique: Veggie Stamping

      Vegetables are for more than just eating. Turn vegetables such as celery and bok choy into stamps and create a bounty of painted patterns.

    • Paint Technique: Watercolor Bubbles

      Create whimsical art with this technique that involves watercolor, dish soap, and drinking straws.

    • Paint Technique: Color Washing

      Take a light-handed approach to color with a washing technique that uses only a little bit of paint to create an ethereal finish.

    • Paint Technique: Dipped Finish

      Dipped-dyed accessories are everywhere. Get on this trend with this DIY technique you can use on terra-cotta pots, vases, and more.

    • Paint Technique: Distressing

      Give a new piece of furniture an aged appearance with this easy distressing technique, which involves two colors of paint and sanding.

    • Paint Technique: Marbleizing

      Swirl it up with marbleizing. This technique is completed on paper, but with a few easy-to-access resources, you can turn your patterns into fun home accessories. We took our papers to a copy shop and had them printed on canvases to create a wall montage. For the pillows, we uploaded the design to Spoonflower, ordered fabric printed with the design, and sewed it into pillow covers.

    • Paint Technique: Whitewashing

      Capture cottage charm with whitewashing. We used the technique to give new floors instant patina.

    • Paint Technique: Spray Painting

      When you know how to spray-paint, you can conquer a vast number of DIY projects. Watch this video to learn the secrets to success, and spray on!

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      Paint Technique: Stripes

      Stripes are perfect for kid rooms, family rooms, and more. Use just two colors or a whole rainbow, stick with one width or make it random, or run the stripes vertically or horizontally. With almost endless combinations, you can create a customized look with just paint and painter's tape.

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      Next Slideshow Did You Know You Can Do This With Spray Paint?

      Did You Know You Can Do This With Spray Paint?

      Haven't visited the spray paint aisle in awhile? You'll want to plan a trip ASAP. With a rainbow of paint colors and types (yup, there's even chalkboard spray paint), the project ideas are almost endless. Now, get inspired, go forth, and spray paint.
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