Painting Tips | Tone Down a Dark Brick Red Wall With Gold Metallic Paint

by THAT Painter Lady

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You would think we would have the answer to every question we get in the ol’ inbox…   Well, here we are again, trying to answer a perplexing color question.

Hi Painter Lady’s -
I recently painted an accent wall a dark “brick” red.  It’s a beautiful color, but I think I would like to tone it down a bit by adding a sponging technique with a lighter color. I’ve never done this before and I hope it goes well. What color should I use? The other walls in the room are a yellowish color and I am thinking that a gold metallic paint would work great for this. Can you give me any tips? Thanks!

How would this look? Always a question until you see the end results. Gold over a dark color is going to be dramatic. But… how is it going to co-ordinate with the light yellow color on the other walls?

First, the question of sponging on a color.  This is an old style that can lead to problems.  Sponging with a sea sponge has it’s uses, but it can seem outdated on a beautifully painted base coat.  I would look into using the Ralph Lauren Candlelight topcoat.  It will add drama to your dark red walls without changing the dramatic accent of the space. This is a roll on top coat and a very easy way to add some pizazz to your walls.

You could glaze over the dark walls with the yellow from the other walls, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The yellow will be the dominate color and kill the dramatic effect the deep brick red accent has on the room.

These are just my thoughts… anyone else have any helpful ideas?  Leave your comments below. :)

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C Nolan~Fine May 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

An option would be to mix a gold shimmer in with your existing color and repaint the wall. It leaves a very subtle look and is gorgeous when struck by candlelight.
Happy painting!!!!!

Pam September 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hi–I have a question about metallic glazes. I want to paint a small bathroom. I want the base coat to be a faux blend of tan and a darker reddish-brown. I have that figured out. I have never used a metallic glaze, but I would like to add a metallic bronze topcoat so that there are metallic highlights, but I don’t want the whole wall metallic. Does that make sense? My question is: What type of glaze do you recommend for this? Do I use it full strength or dillute a metallic paint w/a glazing compound? I have seen paint brands, such as Valspar & Sherwin Williams that offer metallic glazes that are used full strength. I have also seen even a Decoart small metallic that can be used (with a glazing compound, I believe) on walls. The room is very small–a bathroom just large enough for a commode & sink. Also trying to keep costs down if possible! Thanks for your advice!

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