Use both light and dark glaze colors to mimic the look of a real plaster wall.

How to Glaze an Orange-Colored Wall

by Michelle Radcliff

Glazing mediums used on walls and furniture create faux textures and decorative effects, such as antiquing. Glaze is used to thin the paint to give it a translucent quality, and also extends the amount of time you have to work with the paint before it starts to dry. Glazing an orange wall will give you the look of warm Venetian plaster, with a rich, marbled effect. The method you use to apply the glaze affects the final results.

Prepare the wall by taping edges, window and door trim, and outlet coverings with painter’s tape. Lay dropcloths over flooring and furniture.

Mix 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint in a plastic bowl. Stir thoroughly with the mixing stick.

Dip a soft rag into the glaze mixture. Apply the glaze to the wall using a circular wiping motion, as if you were washing the wall. Vary the direction to keep a random look.

Continue applying the glaze with random circular wiping motions until the entire surface is covered. Work in small areas of about 4 feet by 4 feet. Step back from the wall often to assess your work. Fill in areas that appear too light, and continue to work the glaze in areas that appear too concentrated. Do not overwork the glaze, because some lighter and darker areas help provide the desired effect.

Items you will need

  • Painter’s tape
  • Dropcloths
  • Satin finish paint in burnt umber
  • Glaze
  • Plastic bowl or container
  • Mixing stick
  • Soft rags


  • Choose a glaze color three shades darker or lighter than the base color.
  • Experiment with different application methods on practice boards to find the effect you like best.
  • Use a 4-inch paintbrush to get a more textured effect. Use random crisscross strokes to apply the glaze. Use a clean, dry brush to feather out any harsh brushstrokes.
  • Use a damp sea sponge to apply the glaze for the most texture. Dab the color on in a random pattern, spacing each dab about 12 inches apart. Fill in the empty spaces before reloading the sponge with color.
  • For the look of an aged patina, apply a lighter glaze over a darker base color.
  • If color washing in entire room, start with the walls opposite each other to avoid smudging glaze in wet corners.
  • For extra dimension, add a third glaze color three shades lighter than the base color if the first glaze color is darker, or vice versa.

About the Author

Michelle Radcliff owned a retail home furnishings business for eight years. Radcliff offers decorating advice on her blog, Home Decorating News, is a regular contributor on interior design at and earned certification as an interior decorator from Penn Foster College in 2013.

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