Painting your walls entirely changes how your room looks, but if you’re not one to be content with monotones, you can go ahead and experiment with different painting techniques. One faux painting technique that adds a three-dimensional look to your wall is ragging. Ragging lends a rich texture to your walls, and as difficult as some tutorials might make it sound, it’s quite simple really.

Now the tricky thing in this technique is to pick the shades. Now, I don’t know about you, but I stared and squinted at the shade cards for an unreasonably long time before picking out my colors and I daresay it turned out fabulous. A helpful tip here, in case your color senses are just about average like the rest of us here, would be to pick colors within a few shades of each other. So if you picked a light shade of orange for the base, you can pick a color that’s two or three shades darker for the glaze.

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Now that we have picked the colors, we’ll get to the rest of the tools.

Some home improvement stores have packaged ragging kits which are great for beginners, but if you want to buy everything individually, here’s what you need:

Painter’s Tape; Sheets to cover your floor and furniture (You don’t have to buy this, you can use whatever rags you have at home too); Rags (You can buy these at the store or just scrunch up an old T-shirt and use it instead); Roller; Mixing tray; Base Color in Latex Eggshell Finish; Top Color in Latex Eggshell Finish; and Faux Glaze

Note: Ralph Lauren paints pre-mix your top coat and glaze, so you don’t have to do it yourself.

How To

First things first, tape around your ceiling and your trim work. This prevents accidental paint smudges on the trim or the ceiling areas where you won’t be painting. Now use a nylon/poly brush to outline the edges of your wall, around your ceiling and trims. Once that’s done, roll on your base coat. It’s more convenient when you finish one area at a time instead of trying to make haphazard strokes. Wait for four hours for the paint to dry out and then check for spots that you may have missed. Apply a second coat and let the wall dry for 24 hours before starting off with your ragging.

Now is the fun part. For one part of your top coat, mix four parts of glaze. Of course, if you’re buying the Ralph Lauren paints, you’re saved the trouble of tinting your own glaze. Now dip your rag into the tinted glaze and blot out the excess. An oversaturated rag will give you a bolder effect compared to a rag that has been blotted out, so it’s more of a personal choice. However, make sure your rags are not dripping of glaze, because this can botch up your wall. You can either attach the rag to a roller and apply the glaze in random strokes, or simply do it by hand. My personal experience with the roller wasn’t great; I found it to slide on the walls which totally defeated the purpose of random ragging. So my advice would be to take the rag in hand and make soft random patterns on the wall. Avoid symmetry or geometric patterns of any sort. You don’t want to be sitting across the wall and spotting squares and circles. And don’t forget the edges!

Once the paint is dry, you can embellish your wall with your favorite piece of art, mirrors, and tapestries or just let it shine by itself.