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Sometimes more than just a paint finish is required!

Paint effects allow you the freedom to capture a mood, create an ambience and transform the mundane into something special. Some techniques also have the extremely practical benefit of disguising less than perfect surfaces. In fact, imperfections in the surface can add to the overall impact of the effect. Paint effects are designed for durability giving you confidence that the look you painstakingly create will continue to look good. Use the Resene FX range and your favourite Resene colours to create an infinite range of effects finishes – concrete, rust, crackle, limewash and more - to turn even the plainest of surfaces into an instant talking point.

Textured paint effects

Textured paint effects have never been more popular and are being used to create both interest and an air of authenticity.

Wall basecoat in Resene Eternity with Resene FX Crackle effect and topcoat in Resene Thorndon Cream, plinth basecoat in Resene Thorndon Cream with Resene FX Crackle effect and topcoat in Resene Eternity and vase in Resene Cinder.

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A unque look for the walls using paint effects

Watda Dumplings on Ponsonby Road is one of the newest additions to Auckland's popular nightlife and shopping strip.

Mark and his team created a unique look for the walls using Resene Sandtex Mediterranean finish in Resene Grain Brown with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Quarter Sorrell Brown. Design by Wondergroup. Build and painting by Surface. Image by Logan West.

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Clever use of a mural wall design can give you the sense of being surrounded by the sea, even when you don't live near the coast.

Mural painted in Resene White Pointer, Resene Half Breathless, Resene Half Dusted Blue, Resene Seachange, Resene San Juan and Resene Soothe, bench seat in Resene Colins Wicket and floorboards finished in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy.

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Create a beachy vibe

Bring the beach in to enjoy year round with the Resene Colorwood 'We Speak Beach' collection.

Wall in Resene Bone with tongue-and-groove panelling finished in Resene Colorwood Becalm, floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, sideboard in Resene Colorwood Bask, lamp and low platter in Resene Colorwood Shade, wooden plant pot and vase (on floor) in Resene Colorwood Shore Thing (left) and Resene Rising Tide (right), stool and painted vase (on sideboard) in Resene Paddock, faux coral in Resene Bone, painted book in Resene Brown Sugar and DIY artwork in Resene Rolling Stone, Resene Paddock and Resene Mine Shaft.

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Using colour as a a remedy

Nature and wellness remain key drivers of colour trends during challenging times, but there's a brighter future ahead.

Right wall in Resene Mangrove with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium coloured with Resene Ravine, left wall in Resene Ravine with Resene FX Paint Effects medium coloured with Resene Mangrove, floor in Resene Pumice with FX Paint Effects medium coloured with Resene Ravine, large vase (with toetoe) in Resene Nirvana, plant pot in Resene Miso and small vases in Resene Travertine and Resene Possessed. Bench and cushion from Bauhaus.

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Paint effects are back on trend

Just as retro interior colours and styles have found their way back into our hearts and our homes, so too are paint effects having a moment.

Wall treatment: Resene Salted Caramel with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed in with Athena, Floor: Resene See the Light, Desk: Resene Meringue, Toy box (reading nook seat): Resene Athena, Plinth: Resene See the Light, Change out vases in: Resene Liquid Gold and Resene Pioneer Red.

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There are plenty of patterns with which you can apply paint to a wall, depending on your taste. When it comes to gingham, there's something undeniably timeless and classic about it. Combined with a fresh, modern hue, you have the perfect partnership.

Back wall in Resene Sea Fog with plaid feature in Resene Indian Ink and Resene Rhino, side wall in Resene Double Sea Fog, fireplace in Resene Indian Ink, bedside tables in Resene Rhino, vases in Resene Indian Ink, Resene Kashmir Blue and Resene Double Sea Fog and planter painted in Resene Double Sea Fog with Resene Kashmir Blue dash paint feature.

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Sea greens and teals create this plank effect

Sea greens and teals are softened with soft greys for a look that suits any season and any style of house.

The plank paint effect is done with a basecoat of Resene Inside Back, roughly over-brushed with Resene Gulf Stream, Resene Stromboli and Resene Half Opal. The floor is painted in Resene Inside Back, the coffee table legs are in Resene Half Gravel and the top is in Resene Alabaster. The side table is painted in Resene Bianca, the planter basket in Resene Billabong, the tall vase is in Resene St Kilda and the bowl is in Resene Wishlist.

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80s for the 20s - comtemporary retro

While the palette and textures in this space may have a strong nod to nostalgia, they've been spun in a way that feels much more contemporary than retro.

Pale pinks and blues featured heavily in the dining rooms of the 80s and were often combined together in a single scheme. These popular pastels of yesteryear have now been updated with muddier tones. The wall in Resene Duck Egg Blue has also been given a soft 80s-esque texture using Resene FX Paint Effects Medium with Resene Rolling Stone while the sideboard in Resene Inside Back both coordinates and contrasts.

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Create a space to relax outside

When the sun is shining and the air is warm, a place to relax outside, read a book and enjoy a tipple should be on everyone's to-do list.

Back wall in Resene Aspiring with paint effect in Resene FX Paint Effects Medium coloured with Resene Moon Mist, right wall, breeze blocks and vase in Resene Moon Mist, bench seat in Resene Aspiring, deck in Resene Woodsman Uluru, table and large plant pot in Resene Teak, tray in Resene Flax, small plant pot in Resene Siam and chair in Resene Yuma.

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A moodboard background

Background in Resene Foundation with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Courtyard applied on top.

A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top left to bottom right) Resene Boris, Resene Kia Kaha, Resene Courtyard, Resene Foundation, Resene Stepping Stone and Resene Kinship, square pot in Resene Courtyard, curved vase in Resene Kia Kaha and bud vases in Resene Sea Fog (top) and Resene Boris (bottom). Projects by Amber Armitage, mood boards by Melle van Sambeek, images by Bryce Carleton and Wendy Fenwick.

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Create space to relax and socialise

With more reasons to stay at home than ever before, there's a big draw in turning your home into the kind of place where you can both relax and socialise.

Back wall painted in Resene Triple White Pointer. Side wall in Resene Half Resene Friar Greystone with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium tinted with Resene Quarter Friar Greystone applied to the wall using a large brush in a swirly motion then wiped off with a clean, dry rag to create a marbled effect. Tongue-and-groove flooring in Resene Triple White Pointer. Trellis panels painted in Resene Woodsman Exterior Whitewash. Patio bar pallets in Resene Ironsand and wood top in Resene Friar Greystone.

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Resene ConcreteWash Colours

Achieve semi-transparent colour changes on a wide range of concrete surfaces both indoors and out with the Resene 'In The Wash' collection of concretewash colours. This new range can be used to bring subtle, buildable sheer colour to concrete walls (interior and exterior), interior floors, exterior walkways and decorative elements like concrete planters and furniture.

Background painted in Resene Rice Cake with concrete hexagon plates in (clockwise from top left) Resene Concrete Clear satin tinted to Resene Greigewash, Resene Whitewash, Resene Stonewash, Resene Blondewash and Resene Claywash. White concrete plates from Blow My Wick.

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Creating a luxury look

When many people think of luxury, they associate it with needing to spend big money on fancy status symbols. The thing about luxury, though, is that it only needs to 'look' expensive; it doesn't actually have to come at a high cost.

Wall in Resene Bleach White with brushstroke texture in Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Cashmere, Floor in Resene Dover White, Skirting board in Resene Bleach White, Headboard in Resene Caffeine (Resene Enamacryl gloss), DIY stacked box table in Resene Tom Tom, Large vase with handles in Resene Karry, Seashell vase in Resene Cashmere, Pendant lamp in Resene Dover White, Skinny fluted vase in Resene Dover White.

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Creating self care spaces in calming hues and patterns

Spaces that support notions of self-care and provide solace from the busyness and complexities of everyday life – especially those that bring a human touch and embrace imperfection – are appealing for those looking for room to recover during overwhelming times.

Wall in Resene Thorndon Cream with paint effect in Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Half Nomad, floor and vase in Resene Cinder, painting in Resene Eternity with Resene FX Crackle effect and topcoat in Resene Thorndon Cream and chair in Resene Scrub. Duvet, pillowcases, velvet cushion and quilt from Città, patterned cushion from Penney + Bennett, scarf and striped linen sheets from Father Rabbit.

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Create a beachy mural

How about bringing the beach to you – break out the Resene paints and stains, and create a magical wall that's a cross between a mural and a paint effect.

Wall – in Resene stains Resene Colorwood Riverstone, Resene Colorwood Silvered Grey, Resene Colorwwod Skywater and Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Floor – Resene Eighth Stonehenge, Wicker cabinet – Resene New Denim Blue, Pendant – Resene Half Stonehenge, Vase – Resene Neutral Bay, Ball tealight holder – Resene New Denim Blue, DIY Tall rattan vase – Resene Quarter Neutral Bay, DIY Bottle rattan vase – Resene Rhino, DIY Small rattan tealight holder –Resene Eighth Stonehenge.

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Imperfection may seem to be a peculiar thing to try to achieve but in a world where many aspects of our lives are controlled and scheduled, a little bit of wonkiness is a good thing. We're craving organic looks and walls that look as if they have a weathered patina or texture.

Base wall colour – Resene Biscotti with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream, Floor – Resene Biscotti, Bedside table – Resene Colins Wicket, Pendant – Resene Thorndon Cream, Vase with flowers – Resene Thorndon Cream, Bowl – Resene Colins Wicket, Chest of drawers – Resene Colins Wicket, Small vase – Resene Quarter Doeskin.

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While it's often popular for the peaceful, countryside feeling it imparts to a space, Tuscan-style decorating's greatest appeal is its simplicity. And because Tuscan-inspired rooms often combine comfortable, worn and well-loved pieces, these spaces become effortlessly warm and inviting.

Walls in Resene Wild West with ragged effect in Resene FX Paint Effects medium mixed with Resene Sante Fe, Floor in Resene Bianca, Bench base in Resene Korma, Plinth in Resene Korma, Artwork in Resene Nero (faces) and Resene Waiouru (tiny circle), Props in Resene Sand, Resene Cashmere, Resene Blank Canvas, Resene Bianca, Resene Alabaster, and Resene Brown Bramble.

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Combining trends in a fresh and interesting way

The juxtaposition between old and new or natural and manmade allows us to combine multiple relevant trends in a way that's fresh and interesting.

Back wall in Resene Half Splash, left wall in Resene FX Faux Rust Effect, tabletop and 'sun' in Resene Sunshade, plinths in Resene Karry (tops) and Resene Volcano (sides), balls and leaning rectangle in Resene Wild Thing and leaf in Resene Volcano.

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When specifying a limewashed, rag-rolled or similar paint effect, keep in mind that there are a number of choices you'll need to make. Firstly, Resene FX Paint Effects Medium itself is translucent and unpigmented, so you'll need to select a base colour and one or more accent colours that will be mixed into it. While it isn't strictly necessary to choose more than one accent colour, you can achieve a finished look that has more depth to it by specifying multiple hues.

Secondly, you'll need to decide whether you want lighter colours applied over a darker basecoat or darker colours over a lighter basecoat. The difference is less subtle than you might imagine and depends a lot on a third consideration, which is the level of contrast between the colours you choose.

If your paint effect will primarily be viewed in direct, bright sunlight or in a low-light setting, such as a bar or restaurant, you may wish to increase the level of contrast to make your visual texture more apparent so that it doesn't get washed out or fade into the background.

Resene Alpaca applied over darker Resene Sante Fe
Resene Alpaca applied over darker Resene Sante Fe

Resene Sante Fe applied over lighter Resene Alpaca
Resene Sante Fe over Resene Alpaca

As these two examples demonstrate, Resene FX Paint Effects Medium looks different depending on whether you choose to go light over dark or dark over light. The image on the left shows Resene FX Paint Effects Medium coloured with lighter Resene Alpaca applied over darker Resene Sante Fe while the right shows Resene FX Paint Effects Medium coloured with Resene Sante Fe over Resene Alpaca.

Learn how to sponge paint

Sponging
Sponging creates a gently mottled or cloud-like effect with harmonising colours...

Learn how to colour wash

Colourwashing
A two step process where a basecoat colour is washed over with a stronger colour...

Learn how to rag paint

Ragrolling
Ragrolling adds subtle or bold textured effects reminiscent of marble and crushed velvet...

Learn the dragging paint technique

Dragging
Dragging creates a finely striped effect often associated with antiques...

Learn about how to limewash

Limewashing
The washed out fresco and soft painted look reminiscent of Mediterranean architecture...

Learn how to create two colour and two style effects

Two colour and two-style effects
Mix and match colours and paint effects for a unique look...

Learn how to use Resene Gold Effect for drama

Touches of gold
Resene Gold Effects can be applied over a paint effects finish to add an air of drama...

Learn how to create a variety of different effects

Daring to be different
Also try: stipple, sparkle, shimmer, texture or crackle finishes...

Resene Paint EffectsWhen using Paint Effects for your project, the key thing to remember is that there are no hard and fast rules about what you should do. Spend time getting the effect right by trialing different colours and application techniques until you are happy with the finished look. Then use your trial area as a reference board for the whole project. Wall sockets, skirting boards and door frames should be masked off so that the effect may be continued right to the edge.

All Paint Effects Medium colours shown have been created by adding one Resene 60ml testpot to one litre of Resene Paint Effects Medium. You can create your own personalised Paint Effects Medium colours simply by experimenting with testpots of your choice. It is often surprising the colour that results when a testpot is added to Resene Paint Effects Medium, so always make sure you test your colour before starting the project. By subtly adjusting either the basecoat or your chosen Resene Paint Effects Medium topcoat you can create a whole new effect. The key to paint effects is to develop your own colour combinations and application technique to add your distinctive mark to the completed job.

A range of paint effects colour combinations are available online to help you decide the effect that suits you. If you are hiring someone to create the painted effect for you, ask them to prepare a sample panel and agree on that as your standard before the job starts. This way, all parties will know what the finish will look like. If worse comes to worse and the final finish is not what you had in mind, you can always create a new paint effect by reapplying the basecoats and paint effects medium topcoat/s.

Resene Paint Effects Medium is a tintable acrylic medium that allows you to easily create unique paint effects, while still enjoying the benefits of lower odour and easy clean up in water.

Resene Resitex or Resene Sandtex are good basecoats for paint effects as the texture adds an extra dimension to the effect.

A coat of Resene Concrete Clear may be applied to the finished paint effect to alter the gloss level and/or add durability to the finish. Over stains and on timber, use Resene Aquaclear. For floors use Resene Concrete Wax.

You can also use many other Resene products to make paint effects – from Resene Blackboard Paint to Resene Metallics, or even just your favourite testpot colours, a stencil, or low tack masking tape. All you need is a little imagination.

The Resene website features a range of paint effects projects, from cracking to sponging to ragging, you can try out for yourself. View the paint effects project gallery. Plus get more inspiration with the habitat plus – paint effects book – view it online.

Colourwashing

Colourwashing
View this colourwashed wall project...

Creating a wood effect

Wood effect
View this table top project using graining...

Brushed metallic

Brushed metallic
View this metallic effect wall project...

Stencil stippling

Stencil stippling
View this waste paper basket project...

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How to achieve different types of paint effects

Sponging creates a gently mottled or cloud-like effect with harmonising colours. Sponging is probably the easiest technique to master with an infinite variety of effects possible, according to the type of sponge, the way you wield it and your choice of colours. Furnishings and fabrics are easily coordinated by harmonising their hues, layer upon layer into the final sponged effect. In this way the neutral tonings of a carpet may be coordinated with the rich colouring of curtains and fabrics. Alternatively strikingly original combinations of colour and texture may be obtained with experimentation and imagination. For example, a darker colour sponged onto a lighter background will bring the walls in, while a combination of pale colours used over a darker background will give a cloudy or shadowed look.

Sponging

Instructions:

  1. Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider, Resene Zylone Sheen or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your chosen basecoat colour and allow to dry normally.

  2. Mix Resene Paint Effects Medium with one testpot of Resene Lumbersider in your selected colour to produce a ‘sponging medium ’. The mix ratio should be between 60% Resene Paint Effects Medium to 40% your selected colour up to 95% Resene Paint Effects Medium to 5% your selected colour. The greater the proportion of Resene Paint Effects Medium the less opaque the finish will appear. For a subtle change add more Resene Paint Effects Medium. For a more striking effect, add less Resene Paint Effects Medium. Remember the final result depends on combining layers of colour and sponged effects.

  3. Brush the sponging medium onto a piece of stiff card or an artist ’s palette. This is used to charge your sponge with the medium. Avoid using saucers and roller trays, as these tend to clog the sponge.

  4. Dab the sponging medium onto the wall area using a light pecking motion, taking care to avoid a regular pattern. Changing the angle and pressure at which the sponge is impressed will help maintain the randomness of the finish.

  5. Allow the first sponged colour to dry, then repeat the sponging process with your second colour paying attention to spaces in your first pattern. If desired, a third colour can be used sparingly to complement the first two sponged colours.

Sponging tips and tricks:

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Soft delicate colours through to strikingly rich colourways are easily obtained by using the colourwash technique. Colourwashing is a two step process where a basecoat colour is washed over with a stronger colour reduced with Resene Paint Effects Medium to produce an effect made up of different tones and textures. Traditionally, a white or off-white colour, such as Resene Pearl Lusta, was used as a basecoat; however, interesting effects may be obtained by using lighter shades of the colourwash colour, such as Resene Egg Sour colourwashed with Resene Corvette. More striking effects may be obtained by using contrasting shades, such as Resene Patina colourwashed with Resene Astral.

Colourwashing

Instructions:

  1. Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider, Resene Zylone Sheen or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your chosen basecoat colour and allow to dry normally.

  2. Mix Resene Paint Effects Medium with one testpot of Resene Lumbersider in your selected colour to produce a ‘colourwashing medium ’. Bold effects can be achieved by selecting a testpot colour very different to the basecoat colour, while subtler effects can be achieved by selecting a testpot more similar in colour to the basecoat. The finished mix ratio should be between 70% Resene Paint Effects Medium to 30% your selected colour up to 95% Resene Paint Effects Medium to 5% your selected colour. The greater the proportion of Resene Paint Effects Medium the less opaque the finish will appear. For a subtle change add more Resene Paint Effects Medium. For a more striking effect, add less Resene Paint Effects Medium.

  3. Pour a small amount of the colourwash topcoat into a flat dish or roller tray.

  4. Dip a 125mm Resene Colourwash brush (or similar soft bristled brush) approximately 5mm into the medium and dab onto the wall 2 –3 times. Use the flat edge of the brush to spread the colourwash in a random manner.

  5. For a more intense and uniform effect a second colourwash colour can be applied. Simply mix the second paint colour with the Resene Paint Effects Medium and follow steps 3–4 above.

Colourwashing tips and tricks:

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Ragrolling adds subtle or bold textured effects reminiscent of marble and crushed velvet.

While ragrolling (also known as ragging) is one of the most difficult and time consuming paint effects, it can replicate the appearance of marble and crushed velvet, creating the subtle or rich finishes normally associated with the most expensive wallcoverings. The effect is achieved by using a bunched rag or cloth that is rolled or dabbed over the still wet medium, leaving random patterns as it distempers the surface.

Distinctive effects can be obtained by ragging with successive colours. An almost limitless choice of colours for both the base colour and the ragging medium allows you to easily select an effects scheme that will coordinate with the rest of the room.

Ragrolling

Instructions:

  1. Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider, Resene Zylone Sheen or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your chosen basecoat colour and allow to dry normally.

  2. Mix Resene Paint Effects Medium with one testpot of Resene Lumbersider in your selected colour to produce a ‘ragrolling medium ’. The mix ratio should be between 70% Resene Paint Effects Medium to 30% your selected colour up to 95% Resene Paint Effects Medium to 5% your selected colour. The greater the proportion of Resene Paint Effects Medium the less opaque the finish will appear. For a subtle change add more Resene Paint Effects Medium. For a more striking effect, add less Resene Paint Effects Medium.

  3. To ragroll off, apply the ragging medium using a large soft brush to a section of the wall approximately one metre wide. The ragging medium must be applied relatively quickly. “Work” the medium using criss-cross brushstrokes, finally laying off the area in a vertical direction.

  4. Wrap your rag in a loose but compact bundle and roll it using light downwards pressure in random directions over the wet medium. Corners and misses can be touched up by using a light dabbing motion. The aim is to make an irregular pattern that also renders a uniform finish on the wall.

    Alternatively, ragroll on the Resene Paint Effects Medium by dabbing the rolled rag into the medium and applying it to the surface in a random manner.

Ragrolling tips and tricks:

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Dragging creates a finely striped effect often associated with antiques.

Dragging (often referred to as strie) is a finely striped paint effect created by dragging a dry brush or comb through the wet paint. Where the brush makes contact with the surface, the dragging medium is removed to reveal the basecoat. Dragging is an easy and popular method of redecorating furniture to achieve an aged finish and is the ideal way to rejuvenate secondhand furniture.

Dragging

Instructions:

  1. Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider, Resene Zylone Sheen or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your chosen basecoat colour and allow to dry normally.

  2. Mix Resene Paint Effects Medium with one testpot of Resene Lumbersider in your selected colour to produce a ‘dragging medium’.

  3. Apply the dragging medium by brush or roller, then drag a dry brush or comb through the wet paint in the direction you wish the stripes to run (usually top to bottom). If working alone, apply the dragging medium in a strip one metre wide and create the dragging effect working up to 200mm from the edge of the painted strip. Then apply another strip of dragging medium and continue the dragging effect. If working with a partner, one can apply the dragging medium while the second person can follow creating the dragging effect.

Dragging tips and tricks:

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The washed out fresco and the soft painted look reminiscent of Mediterranean and Adobe architecture may be accurately reproduced by using the limewash effect, a two step process not dissimilar to colourwashing. The mood and effect created by limewashing lends itself equally well to both interior and exterior situations, particularly where a traditional or aged finish is desired. The obvious benefit is that a wide range of both unique and traditional colours ranging from oxides through to rich terracottas may be obtained with the resultant finish being both extremely durable and hardwearing. The limewash effect is ideal for any cementitious surface or as an effect to enhance a specialist finish, such as Resene Resitex or Resene X-200.

Limewashing

Instructions:

  1. Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider, Resene Zylone Sheen or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in the appropriate basecoat colour.

  2. Apply Resene Paint Effects Medium mixed in the appropriate topcoat colour as per the colourwashing process.

The key difference between Colourwashing and Limewashing is the colour selection. Limewashing generally uses a lighter basecoat and a darker wash colour of a related colour (e.g.light blue and purple), while colourwashing effects are usually created using a darker basecoat with lighter washes.

Additional texture:

Apply the Limewash Effect over a Resene textured finish to add a tactile textured dimension to the finish. For a lightly textured finish use Resene Sandtex applied by brush,roller or spray. For a coarser texture try out one of the Resene Resitex range of products.

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To add another colour to your paint effects finish, mix the desired new colour with the paint effects medium and apply. Multiple colours are more successful when sponging or ragrolling. To create a more varied finish, use more than one paint effects technique – for example, colourwash on the first tinted paint effects medium and apply the second tinted paint effects medium using the sponging technique.

Two-colour and two-style effects

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Resene Gold Effects can be applied using any paint effects technique or over an existing paint effects finish to add an air of rich drama to the finish. Used sparingly, Resene Gold Effects can bring a dull paint effects finish to life. Gold effects can be created by mixing Resene Gold metallic with Resene Paint Effects Medium, to create a gold paint effect. Experiment with the ratio of gold paint to paint effects medium depending on the intensity of the effect desired.

Resene Gold Effects

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Stipple

Stippling is another popular paint effect resulting in a suede-like finish. A different colour topcoat is applied over a basecoat in 300mm wide strips. The wet paint is stabbed with a large, soft bristled brush to remove dots of paint. The effect of this technique is to break up the wall colour into a mass of very small dots, which lends a richness to the finish. Stipple effects usually involve two topcoat colours, but additional colours can be incorporated by stippling on, rather than stippling off.

Sparkle

Explore a range of sparkling colours with Resene Metallic Effects. Like a chameleon that changes colour according to its surroundings, light striking a surface coated with Resene Metallics creates the unexpected illusion of colour movement. Resene Metallics can also be used as a paint effects medium when brushed. Choose from a selection of metallic effects from the Resene Metallics and Special Effects Chart.

Shimmer

Resene Pearl Shimmer

Shimmering wall finishes are just a glaze coat away with Resene Pearl Shimmer acrylic pearlescent glaze. Ideal for creating softly sparkling illusions, Resene Pearl Shimmer is the perfect way to add visual interest and diversity to any colour scheme. Simply apply over existing paint systems or you can start from scratch applying two coats of a basecoat colour of your choice then finishing it with a single coat of pearlescent. Although spray application is the preferred application method to achieve an even finish, a shimmering paint effects finish can be achieved with brush application. See the Resene Metallics and Special Effects Chart for sample swatches.

Texture

Textured paint effectAll Paint Effects, including the special metallic and pearlescent effects, can be used over textured basecoats to give an added dimension to the finish. Textured basecoats will also help to hide surface imperfections and may even hide application imperfections. The most commonly used textured basecoat is Resene Sandtex – a lightly textured product that can be easily applied by brush, roller or spray. For a heavier textured effect, you can also select from the complete range of Resene Specialist Coatings. Ask at your local Resene ColorShop or Reseller to view the Resene Architectural Samples Box for a full range of textured samples.

Crackle

Crackle paint effectBroken, antique-looking finishes can be achieved using Resene FX Crackle. Crackled finishes are quick and easy to achieve - simply brush apply one coat of your chosen basecoat colour and allow to dry. Then apply Resene FX Crackle followed by an acrylic topcoat tinted to a contrasting colour. Resene FX Crackle will shrink causing the acrylic topcoat to crack revealing the contrasting basecoat colour. Crackle effect finishes are best used on uneven or rough walls, furniture, picture frames, woodwork and small feature areas. Contact your Resene representative, ColorShop or Reseller for further information.

Put your colour to the test

Resene testpotsNo matter how you select your colours or effect, always use testpots to confirm your choices in the area you plan to paint. Resene testpots are available from your local Resene ColorShop or Reseller or you can order online from the Resene website. Resene testpots will not only simplify colour co-ordination but give you an opportunity to experiment with your effect.

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