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How to Use Glazing Techniques in Your Design

calander Jul 13 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

A glazed finish can elevate the look of an interior space significantly. These semi-transparent mixtures lay over a painted or primed surface to provide visual flair, nuance, and texture that can resemble wallpaper or specific surface materials. Professional home painting services can use various glazing techniques to different ends, and even DIY-ers can learn how to get the most out of glazes. Whether you hire a pro or tackle the job yourself, let’s go over how to use glazing techniques in your interior design.

Gather the Right Materials

First, you need the right materials at hand, no matter which glazing technique(s) you plan on incorporating. You’ll want a large bucket, a screen, a thin roller, a duster brush, and the glazing liquid of your choice. Different types of glazes are more or less suited for specific techniques. For instance, latex washes (which are thinned down latex paints) can create a foggy effect, though these glazes aren’t the most durable. Acrylic paint glazes hold up a bit better and are even more transparent. The most durable glazes are oil-based -- these glazes take longer to dry, too, allowing interior house painters to perform various techniques such as sponging, ragging, marbling, etc. Any of these glazes may be pre-tinted or clear.

Begin with the Base Coat

The purpose of glazing is to create an artistic, semi-transparent layer over an existing solid coat. This means that any glazing project cannot begin until a base coat has been properly painted and dried (typically for 24 hours or more). Keep in mind that the base coat’s color will set the stage for the entire project, and the glaze will act to embellish, soften, or adjust this base color in some way.

Color Wash Your Walls

The most basic glazing technique is known as color washing. To achieve this look, apply the desired ratio of glaze to the surface with the applicator of your choice -- home painting beginners might start by rolling on the glaze in sections and then using their duster brush with a cross-hatch motion to spread it out more evenly and create visual texture. It’s important to work quickly so you achieve the look you want before the glaze dries.

Texture Techniques

Once you’ve mastered the color washing technique, a whole world of glazing possibilities (or “faux finishes”) opens up to you. By using different types of glazes, glaze-to-paint ratios, applicators, and techniques, you can mimic the appearance of marble, bronze, wood, and fabric, aesthetically age your interior walls and surfaces, and more. The aged look, for instance, can be achieved by applying a lighter glaze over a darker one. And marbelizing can be achieved by running a feathering tool over the glaze in sporadic yet strategic ways. There are really no hard and fast rules or limitations as to how you can manipulate your interior house paint and glaze. If you have a certain look in mind, there’s a good chance that you can achieve it with the proper tools and techniques.

Give Your Interior the Gift of Glaze

If wallpaper is too much of a hassle and standard paint finishes bore you, glazing is the way to go. If you’re not sure how to go about this process, though, seek help from home interior painting professionals. At Nash Painting, we can deliver a number of faux finishes and glazing options. Let us help you create the interior you’ve always wanted. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!