Print Friendly and PDF

Paint effects for high impact walls

Liven up a room with paint effects. Modern paint effects still incorporate some of the old techniques, but these walls are anything but dated.


It's so easy to incorporate a splash of design with paint to update a plain room or add high impact to a feature wall. And all you need to do is pop into your local Builders Warehouse and grab a can or two of Plascon paint and Plascon Scumble Glaze.

Graphic designs

In this young girl's bedroom a bold colour blocking technique has been used. Using Plascon Polvin in a matt black, painting on a large black rectangle behind the bed highlights the pretty colours in the room and ties the black furniture - as on the chest of drawers - into the design.

For the graphic butterfly design you can either buy self-adhesive vinyl in black and white to cut out the shapes for sticking onto the wall, or buy a stencil and paint on the designs by hand.



Dragging or Strie

Dragging, or strie, is an easy way to add interest to a smooth surface. The technique is as simple as pulling a dry brush through a coat of wet tinted glaze. It allows a range of looks, including striking, fabric-like weaves like those shown above.

The effect is pronounced when there's a clear contrast between the base- and glaze-coat colours; tones of similar intensity can yield a subtler look. You can also use strie to create a feature panel, similar to that shown below. The colours in the panel tie in with the colour of the dining chairs, creating a striking impact on what would otherwise be a bland wall.


This technique might be an old one, but colour washing still has a place in many a modern setting. Whereas the old technique was simply to rub over the colour, more emphasis is not placed on creating a subtle washed effect . Applying a colourwash effect is one of the easiest paint effects to master.


A colour wash in a bathroom or powder room adds a magical touch to walls. Colour washing is an easy way to create a soft effect on walls without adding textured paint or wallpaper. When choosing colours for colour washing, pick colours from the same colour family, such as pale and medium blues.

Inspired by the textures and colours of nature, Fired Earth is a range of paints for interior and exterior use, walls and floors, as well as for creative finishes, each with a comprehensive selection of earthy colours.

There are 8 complete textured ranges to choose from including Granular, Suedette, Whispers of White, Sandstone, Trendy Floors, Brushed Metal, Liquid Metal and Liquid Rust. These offer light or rough textured finishes and natural or metallic colours. Fired Earth, naturally created solutions. The newly launched Fired Earth all-in-one and ultimate are advanced paints with nano solution technology, formulated with improved benifits for maximised protection without compromising the environment.