Decorative Finishes

Brilliant Coatings are skilled in creating unique places with Decorative Painting. Decorative painting can bring visually stunning colours to your home and change the mood of the room entirely.

Colour washes, lime washes, stencilling, striping, rag finishes and lacquer finishes add beauty and style to any room. Tonal effects, patterning and textural designs create interest and unique spaces for our clients. Many of these decorative styles are ideal for children’s bedrooms and playrooms.


Listed below are a few types of popularly used decorative finishing techniques:


  • Sponging
    This is probably the most common type of faux finishing. It can be done on walls, cloth and even furniture. Usually, the first base coat is a lighter colour and the painter uses a sponge to apply a darker, contrasting colour on top of the base coat.


  • Dry Brushing
    Dry brushing is very easy to do but it requires a lot of effort. A light or dark base coat is applied and the painter uses a dry brush on the first coat to create striations on the wall. This creates a textured finish on the same base coat. In case you want contrasting colours, only the tip of the dry brush is dipped into a darker shade and it is then brushed over the base coat in a uniform direction. However, this process requires a patchy top coat or a clear top coat to seal in the colours.


  • Ragging
    A light base coat is applied and a dry or wet cloth is spread over the base coat to create a textured finish. If you want contrasting colours, the dry or wet cloth is dipped in a contrasting colour and then applied to the base coat surface.



  • Rag Rolling
    A special rag roller is dipped in paint and then rolled on to the painted base coat layer. Usually, two contrasting shades are used, but it is possible to rag roll on to a base coat layer as well just to create a textured, yet simple finish.


  • Graining
    We particularly love the graining faux finish as it looks like a wooden surface. This effect is particularly beautiful on doors and flooring but it is a little difficult to achieve. A special graining tool is used and it has to be applied with differing pressure intensities and pace to create the faux wood grain effect.

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