Experimenting With Colors
It's essential that you experiment before you sponge your walls, both to see what the results will look like and to get a feel for painting with a sponge. Experiment on pieces of drywall, hardboard or any other smooth surface. Before you start buying paints, though, narrow down your color choices by trying out paint chips or small samples, if available.
Experimenting with colors can be time-consuming and expensive, so we've provided three sample combinations. Some paint brochures also show suggested combinations of colors. There are lots of variables involved in sponge painting (including how you hold the sponge and the shape of the sponge itself), so you won't be able to reproduce our samples precisely. Still, using the colors listed will give
you results similar to ours. You can also treat our samples simply as starting points, using more or fewer
and brighter or darker colors than we show. Whatever you do, don't let all those choices overwhelm and discourage you. This is one of those rare projects that are easier to do well than
Tip: Examine your sample board in the room
you'll be painting.
The look will vary dramatically
under different lighting conditions.