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Tuscan Paint Colors: an Old World Italian Palette for Your Home

Tuscan paint colors are rich, warm shades like olive green, rusty red, brown, gold and bronze. Learn how to make your Tuscan color scheme look authentic.

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Black Walls: a Bold Dramatic Painting Idea Not For the Faint of Heart!

Black walls are perhaps the most dramatic painting idea. To pull it off you need to know how to make black color look fresh and inviting rather than gloomy.

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Use Brown Paint Colors for Comfortable Walls and a Grounded Home Space

Brown paint colors evoke the feeling of warmth, comfort and security. See which shade of brown you should choose for painting the interior of your home.

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Gray Paint: How to Use the Color of Sofistication in Your Home

Gray paint colors come in blue, green and pink undertones, and these neutral shades have different qualities - see which is right for painting your walls!

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White Wall Paint: Just Add Light... And Choose the Shade Right!

White wall paint is not always really white. Shades of white come in different undertones and require thoughtful color coordinating just like other hues.

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Purple Paint: Add Some Mystery to Your Walls With Shades of Violet

A purple paint color by any other name is just as violet. From pastel lilac to lavender to eggplant purple, there's a shade for any decorating style and taste.

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Blue Walls Are a Timeless, Classic and Always Popular Painting Idea

Blue walls never go out of style. From pastels to brights to classic shades, blue paint colors can work in traditional, modern and eclectic decorating styles.

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Shades of Green Paint Color for Your Walls: Let Nature Into Your Home!

Shades of green paint color come in earthy, fresh and bold "flavors". Learn when and where to use each for painting and decorating the interior of your home.

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Shades of Yellow: Ideas for Painting Your Walls a Happy Sunshine Color

Shades of yellow can be bold or sophisticated, making this color very versatile for painting the interior of a home. Learn which to choose for your walls.

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Shades of Orange Wall Paint for Your Home: Bold, Classic or Natural?

Shades of orange range from funky to conservative to earthy. Learn how, when and where to use each for painting and decorating the interior of your home.

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Pink Paint Colors: How to Use Fresh, Muted and Hot Pinks for Painting

Pink paint colors are not only for little girls' rooms! Learn how to classy up pink wall paint and use it in adult spaces with sofistication and style.

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Red Paint Shades: How to Use The Drama for Painting and Decorating

Red paint shades are impressive but can easily overwhelm a room with their boldness. Learn how to paint and decorate with bright and deep reds successfully.

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Faux Painting Kitchen Surfaces: Walls, Cabinets, Floors, Countertops

Ideas for faux painting kitchen surfaces: decorative techniques for creating unique paint finishes on the walls, floors, ceiliongs, cabinets and countertops.

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Rag Painted Faux Finish Techniques: Ideas and Examples

Ragged faux finish techniques can be done with cloth, plastic or newspapers to create decorative painting effects like suede, leather, stucco or vellum.

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Faux Leather Paint Effect on My Bedroom Walls

As a teenager I felt controlled by so many events and people of my life. I wanted to break away from the norm, and when I was allowed to paint my own room

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New Faux Paint Finish "Parchment" in Our Kitchen

My fiance has lived in his current house now for nearly 25 years. He took over the house when his mother got remarried and moved out. We obviously recently

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Textured and Faux Painting - New Jersey Contractor

Creative ideas for faux painting New Jersey homes: from venetian plaster and crackle paint, to sand and suede textures. Choose your decorative finish!

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Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing: New Jersey Contractor

Considering kitchen cabinet refinishing? New Jersey house painter can transform your kitchen or bathroom cabinets with professional painting or staining.

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Faux Paint With Rags: Ideas, Techniques, Instructions

Learn how to faux paint using cloth, newspaper or plastic "rags". Create decorative finishes that look like faux suede, leather, wallpaper or parchment.

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Tips for Faux Painting Finishes Created with a Rag

Tips and tricks for faux painting finishes done with a rag: learn how to make your positive and negative ragging and rag rolling effects look elegant.

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1 Color Rag Painting Tutorial - the Basic Technique

If you've ever tried the sponging on technique, basic ragging on will be easier for you to learn - both the instructions and the process will feel familiar.

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Instructions for Basic, Single-Color Ragging Off

Ragging is one of the best known decorative techniques for many reasons: it is very adaptable, quick and easy to do, and needs no specialist tools. The

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Tutorial for Rag Painting with a Cheesecloth

Thin, gauze-like cheesecloth (the material used here to remove glaze) is what produces the subtle texture of this subtractive paint finish and offers a

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Ragging Plus Cheeseclothing: a 2-Step Glaze Removal Technique

Here is another elegant variation of cloth distressing. It starts with ragging off, which creates a coarsely textured finish, and ends with cheeseclothing

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Ragging Off and Cheesecloth Distressing in 2 Glaze Colors

Although similar to single color ragging and cheesclothing, this version of the same painting technique has a painterly quality to it. The job is a bit

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Light Over Dark Subtractive Rag Painting Method

When executed in two similar tones (a darker glaze applied over a lighter base), ragging off and cheeseclothing produce a subtle finish. But when done

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Ragging Off Paint With Plastic

Rag painting is not always done with cloth, sometimes other materials are used for a different effect. In this simple tutorial, you will use plastic instead

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Cross-Hatch Ragging Off Paint Technique

Here is an interesting painting technique called crosshatch ragging. When completed, the decorative finish resembles grass cloth. This technique can

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Parchment / Frottage Painting Effect Done With Newspapers

The decorative painting technique of parchment, or frottage, combines Old World texture with a soft yet contemporary attitude. Based on the French word

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Negative Rag Painting: Basic and Advanced Tutorials

These subtractive rag painting techniques will teach you how to texturize wet glaze with a cloth, in order to leave decorative impressions on the surface.

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Rag Painting the Walls for a Faux Tuscan Effect

The warm and vibrant colors used in this rag painting technique remind us of the baking heat of a Tuscan summer, and the rough and uneven texture of the

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How to Rag Roll Paint On Your Walls

In rag rolling, you work with a roll of cloth that produces a rhythmic linear pattern - in contrast to the random effect of the loosely bunched rag in

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Pounced and Twisted Rag Painted Method

This technique produces a heavily glazed surface, but with a more stylized, floral-like texture, because here you use a different hand motion than in traditional

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3 Color Ragging On Decorative Painting Technique

This multi-tonal rag painting method uses 3 colors from the same paint strip, to create an interesting yet subdued effect. And even though you'll work

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2 Color, Tone-On-Tone Paint Ragging Instructions

This technique is a logical continuation of ragging on one color - it begins where the basic method leaves off. This process adds a second color glaze

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How to Faux Paint with Rags: Step by Step Tutorials

Learn how to faux paint with a rag - these single and multi-color painting techniques will let you create textured decorative finishes on your walls.

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Affiliate Referral Program at House Painting Tutorials

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Most Popular Interior Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams' Best

Paint Color Cheat Sheets is a shortcut to the best interior paint colors in a Sherwin Williams deck: proven, tried and tested colors that always work.

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Sponge Painting Techniques: 43 Ideas and Examples

The look and feel of sponge painting techniques depends on your choice of sponge, selected colors, glazing mix and the actual application method.

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How to Sponge Paint OFF the Walls: DIY Instructions

Want to learn how to sponge paint off walls, ceilings or any other flat surface? This painting technique is only slightly more difficult than sponging on.

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Tips and Tricks for Sponge Painting Walls On and Off

Thinking of sponge painting walls? Learn how to extend glaze drying time, tone down a busy finish, correct a mistake or custom-shape a sea sponge.

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Sponge Painting ON and OFF: Ideas and Instructions

Sponge painting tutorials: learn how to apply or remove paint glaze for textured decorative effects. Different sponging methods, tips and examples.

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My Yellow Paint Color Mistake and Happy Ending

As a first time home owner I was very excited to escape from the boring white walls of my apartment, and to make my new-to-me, 46 year old house my own.

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How to Sponge Paint On the Walls - Instructions

Learn the sponge paint technique: tools and materials needed, glaze recipe, step by step directions, tips for choosing the color and paint finish.

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Yellow Color Scheme in Our Apartment

I attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah and I recently rented a small house near campus with some friends. The landlord allowed us to paint and

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Interviews With Paint Color Experts and Decorators

When choosing paint colors and combinations, some pros have a method, while others follow their instinct. But they can all teach you something about picking colors for painting and decorating a home.

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We Painted Our Basement a "Chartreuse" Yellow Green Color

We have recently finished the basement in our house, and paint color was an important final decision for this home improvement project. Depending on the

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Interview with YELENA KUBLITSKI - creator of the Paint Color Cheat Sheets and editor of HousePaintingTutorials.com

It's a funny feeling - writing an intro for an interview where the paint color expert is... myself! But after someone interviewed me for their publication

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Sunny Yellow Painting Idea - Green and Yellow Walls

This is a small space in my room which I created to relax a bit, play the guitar and read my books. I chose Glidden Fresh Pineapple interior paint color

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