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Sponge painting is a great way to cover up imperfections on walls or create multi-layer color effects. It also happens to be one of the easier decorative painting techniques.

Choose paint colors carefully. Work with a designer, color coordinator, or painting contractor to select colors that will create the kind of layered effect that is desired. Sponge painting designs commonly use two or three colors on top of the base color.

Practice your pattern. If you are unsure of the design pattern, try out a small section before doing an entire room, wall, or piece of furniture. Sponge painting is time-consuming, as it requires that each separate coat of paint dries before the next one is applied, and the last thing that anyone wants is to finish a room only to discover that they hate the way the colors look once dried. In order to avoid this, some people test several different color or pattern combinations to find out which technique and pattern will best suit their tastes.

Each sponge should only be used for one color. Because sponges can hold paint just as well as (if not better than) a typical brush or roller, they require thorough rinsing and drying between each application of color.

Vary your pattern. To vary design patterns, consider using multiple sponges for each color or varying the pattern by removing pieces of the sponge along the way to change the pattern slightly.

Use a light touch. Sponge painting does not require a lot of paint or a heavy hand. Dab the paint onto the sponge and lightly tap the sponge on the wall.

Use natural sponges that are intended for painting. These sponges offer the most even coverage and a home painter is less likely to lose pieces of the sponge on the wall while applying the paint.

Cut your sponge carefully. If using the sponge to create a shape or particular pattern, be sure to use scissors to trim the sponge in order to keep small pieces from coming off later. When cutting the sponge, make sure to make many small cuts so that each one is accurate and the spongeís intended pattern does not get ruined.

Donít over-think it. One of the greatest advantages to sponge painting is that it isnít expected to be perfect. Imperfection is part of the charm of sponge painting.

Layer your colors with darkest first. If using sponge painting to hide imperfections on the walls, the base coat should be the darkest coat that will be applied. The darker-colored paints tend to show imperfections more, and by layering the lighter colors on top of the dark base coat, sponge painting can be used to easily hide areas where problems were visible before.

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