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Creating Dramatic Interiors with Metallic Paint

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By : John Whitaker    99 or more times read
Metallic paint turns any wall into a focal wall. It can be used to create a modern backdrop for contemporary furnishings or it can bring a hint of shimmer to traditional or vintage inspired spaces. When using metallic paint, one of two approaches may be taken: A metallic finish may be created with faux techniques or by applying actual metallic paint to the walls.

Here is what you need to know to create the perfect look you desire.

Creating a Flawless Faux Metallic Finish
A faux metallic finish is created with a metallic glaze over a base coat and it results in a rich finish with great depth and patina; using metallic paint alone cannot create the same dimensional results. The effect is created by applying a standard latex paint to the walls and topping it with the metallic glaze. The key to getting great looking results is to choose a base color that is compatible with the color of the metallic glaze. For example, a gold metallic glaze works wonderfully over walls painted in golden or yellow shades, while copper glazes add richness to walls painted in reddish tones such as brick or sienna. Silver glazes are best over a base color in a shade of gray. Donít overlook the importance of coordinating glaze color with base color or the results will be disappointing at best. Painting the glaze over plain white walls is not recommended either.

To use this technique, clean and prepare your walls as you would for any paint job, then apply your latex paint and let it dry completely. The metallic glaze is then applied using a soft bristle brush or a foam roller; on very large walls, a paint sprayer may be used. Keep in mind, though, that metallic paint tends to look best in smaller areas, so it is best to try them out on a small wall or an accent area, such as a foyer wall.

The hardest of part working with a metallic glaze is that you donít want to overwork the glazing or continue to brush it as it dries. Glazes do stay wet, and therefore are workable, for longer periods of time than regular paint, but you will need to work as quickly as possible. This is another good reason to work on a small area and if youíve never worked with glaze before, perfect your technique on scrap wallboard first.

Using Metallic Paint to Great Effect
Metallic paint can be used to create bold decorative effects which are great for perking up small spaces. Metallic paint comes in many different colors beyond the expected silver or gold, so it can be used to highlight the accent colors of a room. To get good coverage, purchase enough paint for several coats, letting each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next one. You can reduce the amount of metallic paint needed for a project by first applying a coat of latex paint in the same color; this will ensure good coverage and pleasing results.
While looking for an opportunity in decorating John Whitaker found himself working with where he developed his own unique style for metal art sculpture and contemporary metal wall hangings.

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