Off The Wall

1. Geometric Shapes

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The cousin of colour blocking, geometric patterns on walls is still enjoying its moment in the spotlight. Simple shapes and patterns go hand-in-hand with modular or minimalistic expression, as decor becomes the secondary focus. The clean lines of these forms, and the repetition thereof, adds interest to walls without trying too hard.

How To
1. Choose your grid pattern and colours.
2. Mark off sections with tape, and paint your grid.
3. Remove the tape carefully, and allow the paint to dry.
4. Tape the inside edges of your colour blocks before painting solid black lines that will define your grid.
5. Remove the tape, being careful not to peel off any paint.

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Paintiques, 021 447 2409

2. Colour Blocking

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This technique pairs contrasting but complementary blocks of solid colour, the bold focal points achieving a striking visual effect. Colour blocking is an easy way to add flair and excitement to a plain room, or to highlight certain architectural features.

How To
1. To create a sense of unity within a space, restrict your colour choices to three paints.
2. Try a combination of two contrasting colours and one neutral, or three shades from the same colour family, which will add depth.

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Paint & Decor, 021 976 0114

3. Painterly Effect

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Characterised by brush strokes and unfinished colour, this trend adds character, texture and instant art.

How To
1. Use a 50/50 mixture of Plascon’s Acrylic Scumble Glaze and your chosen paint.
2. Paint your base coat and allow to dry for half a day.
3. Draw your shape in white chalk and paint over a thin layer of the glaze mixture with a 50mm brush.
4. While the paint is still wet, place pieces of cling wrap over your shape, leave on for 20 seconds, then remove — this creates a marble-like texture.
5. Use a 75mm fibreglass brush to brush over paint to blur out some of the texture.
6. Dip a toothbrush into methylated spirits, and splatter over the still tacky paint to create holes that look like bubbles.
7. Use a dry 75mm brush to smooth out the bubbles until satisfied with the look.

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Laetitia Viljoen Decorative Art Studio, 012 751 3152

4. Wall Stencilling

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We’re seeing a revival of florals in decor and, with that, stencilling on walls. This inexpensive and stylish alternative to wallpaper is being used in fresh new ways, such as this hand-painted bathroom wall by Andrea Graff. Stencilling a mural is ideal for a quick room makeover, giving it that wow factor.

How To
1. Correctly prep your wall and apply your base coat.
2. Allow the wall to dry thoroughly before stencilling.
3. Position your stencil on the wall using spray adhesive or masking tape. Keep one hand on the stencil to hold it still, and apply the paint with your other hand.
4. To avoid paint bleeding through and ruining your stencilling, use a small amount of paint on your brush and dab lightly. 5. Peel the stencil off the wall gently, and continue the process until the wall is complete.

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The Faux Factory, 011 468 3996