Color wash

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Example of a color wash in multiple hues

A color wash is a popular technique in faux painting using paint thinned out with glaze to create a subtle wash of color over walls or other surfaces.[1]

Color washing gives a surface a translucent, watercolor appearance.[2] It can be used to add texture or accentuate natural surfaces.[3][4] It can be applied in any color of paint, generally with brushes over a solid paint color, using long sweeping strokes to meld the glaze colors together.[5]


  1. ^ Priscilla Hauser (2005). Priscilla Hauser's Painted Furniture. Sterling Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 9781402722349.
  2. ^ Schmidt, Phil. Finishing Walls & Ceilings. Creative Publishing International. pp. 84–85. ISBN 9781610602891.
  3. ^ Sponging Etc. Creative Publishing International. 1996. pp. 59–60. ISBN 9781610597234.
  4. ^ Bryan Trandem. Customizing Your Home. Creative Publishing International. p. 14. ISBN 9781610602877.
  5. ^ "Stripes and washing". Old House Journal. October 2007. p. 51.