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Sure, it's great to get a little texture onto the walls for visual interest, but sloppy sponge paint finishes can make your walls look like they survived a mudslide—particularly when hues of brown, beige, or rust are used. You can temper the unsightliness of a traditional sponge finish through a technique called subtractive paint sponging, in which paint is removed rather than applied. With a sea sponge, sponge off a lighter or darker paint glaze for a subtle effect of visual depth. Consider muting the effect even more by limiting it to one accent wall rather than the full room.
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