Rag painting is a popular technique used in residential painting to create a textured, mottled effect on walls. The technique involves applying paint to a wall using a rag, which creates a unique pattern that can resemble the look of marble or stone. Rag painting is a versatile technique that can be used to create a variety of different effects, depending on the colors and techniques used.

One of the benefits of this technique  is that it can help hide imperfections in walls. By creating a textured effect, rag technique can make walls look smoother and more even. This can be particularly useful in older homes or homes with walls that are uneven or damaged.

Creating a unique space

Another advantage of rag painting is that it can add depth and interest to a space. By creating a unique pattern on walls, rag painting can create a focal point that draws the eye and adds visual interest to a room. This can be particularly effective in larger spaces or rooms with high ceilings.

It’s important to note that rag painting requires a certain level of skill and experience to execute properly. If done incorrectly, the end result can look messy or amateurish. It’s recommended to hire a professional painter with experience in rag painting to ensure the best possible outcome.

In conclusion, rag painting is a versatile technique that can be used to add texture, depth, and interest to residential spaces. When done correctly, it can create a unique and beautiful effect that enhances the overall look and feel of a room.

Rag painting in greys


Rag painting in reds & blacks

 Reds & blacks


It is similar to sponge painting and only it leaves different patterns on the wall. With rags, you use the same technique as in sponging. First you roll on your base coats (after making sure the wall surface is well prepared, smooth, and perfectly even.) After the base coats dry, you mix 4 parts decorators glaze with 1 part color. You then dip your small rag in the mixture and squeeze out the excess. Then you bunch up the rag to make an interesting pattern and start blotting onto your surface until you reach the desired effect.

Beginners should practice quite a bit first, as it takes some time to control the result.

It’s great in an entry hall, a powder room, and as an “accent” wall. It’s fun to do, so give it a try!

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