Using Sponge Painting Color Combinations

By on April 15, 2013 in Painting with 0 Comments

When using sponge painting color combinations when making sponge finishes on walls.  It is important to take the time to examine how colours relate to each other on the color wheel. What type of atmosphere you want to create with your sponging should be the priority before choosing the colour.

It is equally important to choose colours that relate to each other in hues.  Choose the colours that you prefer, but always keep in mind that the sponging is done with paint and if you are not happy with the result, there is a lot of preparation to be done before the area will be ready for a new look.

Sponge Painting Color Combination

Sponge Painting Color Combination

This style of sponge painting, while it may be assumed is a fairly new concept, has been around since the early 1800s, when the interest in home decorating began to increase in popularity. There was sponge painting before the introduction of wallpaper.

Actually, it is a fairly simple painting technique. The only other item that needs to be considered is the size of the sea sponge that will be used to apply it, once a paint palette that expresses one’s taste has been chosen. It is better enhanced with two or more colours, which are called sponge painting color combinations, though sponge painting is usually painted with a single paint colour.

Sponge Painting Color Combinations

Sponge Painting Color Combinations

Analogous Colors

Colours that are within three spots of each other on the color wheel are called analogous colours. When sponging faux finishes, because of their closeness on the color wheel, a calm effect is produced by this kind of sponge painting color combinations. Analogous colours may be sponged on to give the effect of understated pieces of furniture or bedroom walls.

Complementary Colors

The colours that directly opposite each other on the color wheel are complementary colors. These have the most amounts of contrast and work very well together. When sponging with complementary colours, the darkest color must be used first and then sponge the lighter color over the top of it. Complementary colours could be sponged on focal points or on walls where you want to make a strong statement.

Monochromatic Colors

Like khaki and ivory, monochromatic colours are different tones of the same colour. The appearance, when sponging with monochromatic colours, is more subtle and sophisticated. As well as on accessories like lamps, frames and vases,  this kind of sponge painting colour combinations in bedrooms and even formal rooms like living rooms or dining rooms are quite effective.

Sponge Painting Ask the Decorator

Sponge Painting Ask the Decorator

Metallic Colors

 A richness is carried by metallic paint to sponging, that is difficult to achieve with nonmetallic paint colours. Dimension is added to a piece by sponging metallic paint over a base paint coat.  You can sponge one metallic paint color over another.  Which creates depth shadowing to the piece, such as gold over bronze.  Using sponge painting color combinations as a technique, is a great highlight features for a fireplace wall.

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