Here is a problem many of you might like to have an answer in your bag of tricks. You have just painted your walls the perfect (you thought) color to co-ordinate with the tile on the floor and backsplash. Once you have painted the entire room, it seems the color choice was a poor one. What do you do?
A newsletter subscriber has sent in a call for help….
Hello, I am building a house, we choose the paint and tile. Then we put them together in the masterbath, yuk.
The color of the wall is a golden color which is in the floor tile, but the tile next to the wall ( backplash) has a mix of small tile with lots of brown and bone colors.
My question what colors to wash or rag colors on this golden color? I thought toning down the gold with a bone color then adding random tan to brown. or do I have to stay within the color pallet of the golden color?
Help. I am in a quandary and am getting a headache.
The answer is to wash on (not rag off) a watered down. or glaze infused, off-white/pale cream. This will “frost” the golden color and soften it. Create a warm, lovely butter color. If you try to add on darker colors they will seem to float on top of the gold and not blend.
The idea is to add this wash that will tone down the paint color without having to paint the entire room again from scratch.
The trick is to get the wash to go on with a nice blended look. This may take more that once around the room. …. And I would suggest that you use a Woolie to apply and blend the finish. It is a FABULOUS tool that will make this job go so much easier and quicker. The blending will be amazing!! Need a little more instructions on how to use a woolie pad tool? We wrote it all up in this article: How Do I Colorwash Walls?
Another good tool to have for this is a chip brush to get into the corners and ceiling line. Or an artist paint brush works well, too.
Keep in mind…this is a fix for a golden yellow room. If you have a red room or a green room the color you wash over it would change. If you paint off-white or pale cream over a RED wall….you’ll end up with a PINK room. Not really what you want, I’m pretty sure… ;) Need more information on what to use if your other walls are a color other than yellow? Check out this article: Faux Painting Ideas | Colorwash Blending Too Much
Hope this helps to fix a few rooms and get rid on a few headaches!
OH!! And I found this cool book I thought you might like to take a look at, too.
It’s called “Simply Creative Faux Finishes” and it’s by Gary Lord. If you don’t know Gary Lord you need to. He’s been a professional decorative painter and has owned his own decorative painting contracting business, Gary Lord Wall Options and Associates Inc., since 1975.
This book contains some great finishes. Gary presents 30 brand-new finishes for not just your walls, but for your floors, your ceilings and even your furniture.
Check it out. Wander over (click on the link) and just look through it. I like to do that and get ideas…just by looking at the pictures!