03/16/2012 12:39 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Faux Painting Techniques

No doubt, walls are just more interesting with color. But, before you grab that can of chili pepper red, let Kelly Edwards take you through four step-by-step faux paint treatments that can be done on any wall to add a totally custom look -- no matter what colors you choose:

Rag roll -- applying a glaze with a rag or a rag roller can create more visual interest with a lot of contrast and dimension.
Linen - a simple dry brush can add a subtle hint of sophistication to your walls after applying a glaze.
Faux leather -- using a darker glaze and stippling it with a large brush can create a richer look.
Faux wood grain -- walls or even a table top can be painted to create an almost-believable wood grain look.

While these faux painting projects may seem daunting at first, taking it one section at a time will make it worth the effort in the end. Plus, these are techniques are meant have a free-flowing design, so don't worry if it's not perfect!