Decorative elements such as color depth and light reflection can add a radiant opaque coverage to a room. Use elegant finishes such as Studio Finishes® Metallic Glaze (620) by themselves, or blend them with our latex glazes to add a translucent, veiled effect to walls, trim, and accent pieces.
Tools and Supplies
- Studio Finishes Metallic
- Studio Finishes Latex Glaze (405)
- 3-inch or 4-inch Benjamin Moore paint brush or soft rags (brushes lend a textured look, while rags give a softer, more diffuse finished appearance)
- Disposable latex gloves
- Drop cloth
- Paint tray
- Painter’s tape
- Water for cleanup
Step 1 – Apply the Base Color
Apply your selected base color onto properly prepared and primed walls. For this project, we selected Benjamin Moore Central Mauve 1412 as our base color. We suggest using Regal Eggshell Finish N319 with Advanced Particle Technology or Regal Pearl Finish N310 with Advanced Particle Technology for your base.
Step 2 – Plan Your Layout
Using graph paper, sketch the layout of your color blocks. The size of your wall will determine how large you will need to make the squares/rectangles for a balanced effect.
Planning ahead for the number and placement of the shapes you will use will give you an idea of how to apply each color to achieve the effect you want.
Step 3 – Create Your Block Design
Using a level to make straight lines, mark off your block design on your wall with a white pencil or chalk. Tape off several squares/rectangles of varying sizes with painter’s tape, taking care to choose shapes that do not touch one another.
Step 4 – Apply Glaze
Apply Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze (620) onto the taped off shapes, using an additive ragging technique. Allow glaze to dry completely and once it is dry, remove the tape.
Step 5 – Create A Pattern
Create a pattern by outlining and taping off additional squares and rectangles over original shapes.
Use your rag to apply different colors of Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze (620) within these outlines. Keep adding glaze until you achieve your desired look.