Beautiful texture and patina of antique walls can be seen in places like Provence took centuries of wear-and-tear and weather to reach the appropriate aesthetics.
Today, using Color washing walls techniques that we can mimic weathered imperfection through subtle color wash or water stains our walls, creating an ideal canvas French country style decorating.
Indeed, color wash long been a popular finishing cabins in the past, if the coating used in distemper – homemade resin based whiting, glue size, and water – resulting in a thin, rather chalky matte finish.
Color washing walls is ideal for use in walls where the plaster is incomplete. If you use a color very close to the base color, reminiscent weak differences in tone shadows caused by gypsum pits makes it difficult to distinguish errors.
Choosing the right color combination is half the battle. Choose colors that are close together in the shade because they offer the most exquisite shades of color. Soft shades of butter yellow than white, cream or off-white over light gray, pale blue, watery green over all work well.
Depending on the contrast of colors, color wash to be strong or subtle. Bright colors are less subtle effect, so be careful when using extreme strong color contrasts.
Aim for the effect of a mild color gradients, watery and uneven distribution of color.
Do not be shy to select more than one color over the base. Two or three of the color is often a better effect to provide more depth, and each layer can be smoothed in irregularities in areas previously uneven.
You can also create the impression of “exposed gypsum or lime layered look by attaching a piece of torn paper – not glossy -. On the Color washing walls wet brush paint the wall a darker color and then remove the paper” exposing “the masses.
After aging, the soft faded wall masonry effect also achieved by stenciling design using very dilute paint. When dry coarse sand paper and lightly sand the entire mural area, when it faded and weathered look.