Tools for Velvet Paint Effects

Updated April 17, 2017

You have many ways to produce the look of velvet on walls, furniture or surface needing an individualised appearance. Velvet paint effects make the painted surface look like crushed velvet or smooth velvet, depending on the technique and colour used. Velvet paint effects are produced by using rag painting, rag rolling and glazing.

Rag Painting

Rag painting produces a crushed velvet paint effect. This process begins with a base colour that is allowed to dry. Dip a crumpled rag into a different colour or glaze, and rag the colour onto the painted surface. A different rag is then used to rag off some of the glaze to reveal the undercoat.

Rag Rolling

Another technique that produces a crushed velvet paint effect is rag rolling. For rag rolling, the rag is rolled up into a long sausage shape. The rolled rag is then dipped into the paint and applied to the surface in a rolling motion. A separate rolled rag is used to "rag-roll off" by slightly dampening the rolled rag and removing some of the paint to reveal the base coat colour.


Glazing is the process of using a premixed, tinted glaze over a base coat of paint. Glazes are available at home improvement stores but can also be made at home by mixing water, latex glaze and latex paint. The glaze is applied over the base colour with a brush or stipple sponge. Create warmth in a surface by using a glaze that is deeper in colour than the base coat. Apply a warm glaze over a dark warm tone for a silvery, velvet look.

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