Can you remember what you were doing 31 years ago? Back in 1990, Steph was only five years old! Whereas Marianne was turning 27 that year. It turns out that Steph’s favourite fashion item at that time was her prized purple trousers. And you know what, even at the young age of five, she was on to something! Purple happened to be one of the decade’s most popular colours for living room schemes – and the focus of our first podcast episode of this series, which you can check out here.
People in the 90s sure had a penchant for purple walls, which was only rivalled by an intrigue in special effect designs. DIY enthusiasts loved sponging, stippling, and rag roll painting their way to metallic finishes, paint marbling, and glimmer effects. You can check out the result of some of these 90s interior trends and special effect techniques in the Anniversary Book.
Another top home décor trend of the 90s was textured walls. And believe us, there were many creative and let’s say, interesting, ways to experiment with getting different texture designs.
For most techniques, people would thin down emulsion paints and apply it to the wall with something that has a texture. This would essentially create a variety of broken colour effects. In the 90s, it was common for people to use natural sponges to apply colour, but that’s not environmentally friendly. We’d now always recommend you use synthetic natural sponges instead. But there are many other tools you could use, as well as sponges, to create a whole host of interesting textures:
A stippler is a dense block with stiff bristles. It’s used to drag an acrylic transparent scumble glaze on top of a solid colour, leaving an eggshell type finish. This is a great technique to hide an uneven surface.
A softening brush is used to eliminate any brush strokes and can be used to create a marbling effect.
This is a long bristle paddle like brush that can be dragged through the paint to create a scratchy texture.
If you like the marbling effect, you can use the tips of a feather, or break the feather open to for fuller feather like prints.
Put an old t-shirt to use in a technique known as ragging. Simply crumple the t-shirt up and dunk it into the paint and apply it to the walls.
With a rubber sleeve roller and you can create a fake shammy type effect. Alternatively, a ticking roller can be used to create a specific wood grain effect. While a big roller covered with plastic bag and rubber bands can be used to create a broken colour effect.