Changing the paint colors in your home can certainly give it a different level of excitement. If you’re thinking about switching things up and really want to give your home a new look, it may be time to look into more non-traditional designs. Here are four popular effects you can use with your next interior painting job.


Stippling is an effect that makes the wall appear grainy. It’s done by applying a coat of paint to your wall and then applying a stippling brush to the paint before it dries. The colors and motions you use while stippling is up to you.


Distressing is a term for an effect that makes the paint look older than it is. You can get this look by applying the paint unevenly on your walls or sanding part of your wall to give it an appearance of being worn down. You can also apply multiple color shades on top of each other and then sanding down the top layer.

Color Washing

Color washing can add depth and texture to an otherwise bland space and requires a simple two-step process. All you have to do is apply a satin-based paint to the wall and then paint a glaze over it with a large brush. You can get this look with any color you choose, and it is certain to give your room a livelier look.

Rag Rolling

Rag rolling is another way to spice up a room. Although it’s slightly more involved then other techniques such as color washing, it’s not that difficult to pull off. All you have to do is apply your paint to the wall and before it dries, roll a rag up and down the wall.

Plenty of other techniques are available if you’re ready to break away from the typical interior painting looks. An experienced professional can help you choose the best technique to get the transformation you desire.