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Interior Design :: Painting Your Walls

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    Is your bedroom screaming for excitement? Are you bored with your one-colored walls? Check out Kidzworld's tips on spicing up your room, but keep in mind that painting is just like applying make-up: less is more.

    Sponge Painting

    Sponge painting may look difficult, but it's easy as 1, 2, 3! First, ask your mom for a regular kitchen sponge. Second, pick out a cool color for your walls and pour it onto a paint tray. And last but not least, wet the sponge, dip it into the paint and blot any excess paint onto a paper towel. Now, you're ready to start dabbing away! Don't start at one end of the wall and continue to the other side; instead, randomly dab different areas so that some parts of the wall will be darker than others. Any mistakes you make can be easily fixed by rinsing the sponge with water and re-sponging the area. You also might want to have a parent on hand to supervise your painting project.

    Rag Rolling

    Rag rolling is similar to sponging, except that you may feel like you're washing your walls instead of painting them! Begin by covering a small area of your wall with paint, and then go over it with a balled-up cloth. You can either make circular motions, roll the cloth up and down or drag it in all directions. Experiment with different types of cloth for a funkier look. A few good ones to try are terry cloth towels, shower sponges and even a potato sack. Just be sure not to grab your mom's good towels!

    Interior Design - Combing

    Combing lets you add texture to your walls with a geometric or wavy look. Professionals use a notched window squeegee, but you can get away with using an old hair comb. Paint your wall and drag the comb across it while it's still wet. You can achieve different effects by combing the paint in one direction (like, from the ceiling to the floor), making wavy lines or going for a plaid pattern by doing both vertical and horizontal strokes. The most important rule in combing is that you'll have to be quick, or else the paint will dry.

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