While it takes practice, we prefer to use water-based colorwashing. You have little work time, but can attain incredibly sheer and blended finishes, without the fumes and dry times of resin or oil based glazes. And, the colors stay true over time. Our finishes are brushed over a white background, or any shade of your choosing. We can use existing painted walls, but highly recommend that their surface be in good shape. We can color wash both smooth and textured walls. We recommend softer colors, such as pink, cream, pale beige, and yellow ochre for large areas; bold colors are better used below a dado or chair rail.
Columns and decoupage go particularly well with colorwashed walls. Half pilaster shown here. (More on decoupage)
A white colorwash is really a form of antiquing, akin to liming, and is effective when you are created a weathered or "shabby chic" look, shown here on narrow doors(More on againg and antiquing)