Painting Tips to Make your Home More Beautiful

Even a beginner can create designer effects with these easy-to-use painting tools.


The problem with many do-it-yourself decorative painting systems is that they require more artistic skills than most of us wish to develop for occasional painting. But some do-it-yourself paint systems, now sold in home paint centers and paint shops, can bring you closer to high-priced expert effects.

These Kits contain everything you need to make beautiful painted walls that look like they were painted by a professional.

Systems typically include a double roller, a single roller, a split paint bowl, edge sponges, and a variety of roller covers with unique patterns (the system shown here is made by Wagner). Instructions are provided to familiarize you with the operation of each tool and show you what effects are expected.

The use of one of these decorative painting systems is relatively fast. I found that it takes about twice as long as traditional painting. A medium-sized room can be painted in about four or five hours. Their only cost is for paint and Kit, plus tape and a droplet to protect against splashing. If you compare it with the wallpaper of a room, you will find that it is a fraction of the cost and it takes about half the time and effort. And best of all, if you are not satisfied with the results, you can paint directly on it. Try this with wallpaper!

How the system works

It may seem like a crazy concept, but with the double roll cut out (photo 1), you can mix both shades on a base color and leave the texture look on the walls. The base color can be Cream-colored flat or eggshell latex (we looked at our existing white color), or you can choose a complementary color for the base coat and show it through the two colors used for the final coat. A single application of both top coat colors gave us the beautiful mixed results you see in our photos and completely hid our base coat.

This is a very different concept than a traditional roll. You do not try to hide the marks left by the edges of the roller.You want them to appear so that the process is less time consuming. I found the system quite easy to use.

It’s up to you how much to mix the two finishing colors. Diagonal back and forth as in photos 3 and 4 mix colors by “weaving”one color with the other. Fewer rolls will give you the highest contrast between colors; more overlap will continue to mix colors, thus reducing the contrast. Of course, you can exaggerate the process of weaving, but it takes a lot of effort. The whole process is forgiving, relatively chaotic and fun. You can even go back once it’s dry and rework the areas you’re not happy with.

To get the slope of the tools and build your confidence, practice a little on a piece of primed drywall or a section of the wall more than 6 feet. wide. You will see how well your color selection mixes. Don’t worry; you can always repaint the wall once you’re done practicing.

Remember that the effect should be free and random, so do not worry about a small area. Work large areas simultaneously and enjoy the process. Just follow the instructions in photos 1 to 9 to get good results.

Handling edges, arches and other narrow places

Work the double roller as close as possible to the window and door panel and ceiling so that these areas match the rest of the wall structure. Then cut out along the edges with a brush dipped in both colors and keep the color line as narrow as possible (photo 6). Finish with border sponges (included in the Kits) and mix the two colors by hand until the area resembles the rest of the wall (photo 7, 8).

How to choose attractive color combinations?

If you don’t have a big eye for color, choosing combinations can be difficult. Bring latex paint patterns from the paint shop at home to see what the colors in your room look like. Kit manufacturers advise you to choose their colors from the same model. You can mix a light shade with a dark shade for high contrast or two narrower shades for a more even tone. I discovered that experimenting with colors in different shades, but within the same color family, gave the richest results.

Start the color selection process taking into account the fabrics, prints, carpets, rugs and furniture that you work with. Find samples that coordinate with them and give a Test to the colors. Before painting the room, I bought Quarter boxes of selected colors and tested them on a wall section. If you don’t trust your judgment, ask your paint professional for suggestions.

We have provided the patterns on this page so you can see the effect of certain colors when mixing. (The piece shown was made with the colors in model no.) n ° 2 and 4 were also made with Tuscany; the cover of the fresco was used for n ° 3. Note: the color we used is not available nationwide, so if you like our selection, please fit it to your own samples in the magazine.