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Different ways to decorate FabriKa19 panels

The collection of relief panel Fabrika19 offers different patterns and variety of colors. Each pattern can be made in 9 colors and plain white for further coloring.

Decorating options of FabriKa19 panels are truly endless. The surface is already primed and can be painted any type of paint (oil-based, water-based, latex, acrylic, etc.). Decoration can be carried out before installation, and after applying painting on the wall.

With its seamless panels up to 3х10 meters you won’t have to put picture together, putty or paint the joints as when dealing with rolled bas-relief and texture wallcoverings but enjoy the whole ornament canvas without a single seam.

Using many techniques of coloring relief surfaces you can achieve a variety of creative effects: patina, marble, glaze and others. Some types of coloring can be done by yourself and some may require help of professionals to achieve better results.


First, let's consider some of the most common ways of decoration which are easy to do yourself without the help of professionals.

Before you begin decorating, glue the panels on adhesive for heavy non-woven wallpaper in accordance with the instructions (refer to installation of panels). You should start coloring panels at least 12 hours after installation to allow the adhesive to dry completely.

Attention! If you decide to paint the panels before installation, the gluing must be carried out after the complete drying of the layers of paint.

The first method -  painting panel in one tone.

1. Apply a coat of paint using a wide brush or roller. The paint is applied from the top down, very carefully to all the irregularities of the relief (ridges and valleys).

2. Leave the coating for a few hours to complete the drying.

3. To obtain a more saturated color, apply the second layer on the top after 2-4 hours after the first.

A more complex effect or so-called "relief painting" can be achieved applying paint of different color over projections of relief, usually a semitone or tone lighter or darker than the main one. Relief coloring technique gives the surface a large "volume". Let’s consider the case when the upper tone darker than the main color.

Apply the first coat of paint, which will be the background with a brush or roller. Leave the coating for a few hours to dry completely.Paint the surface of the relief in darker color, gently using smooth roller or brush in order not to affect cavity of relief, picking up a minimal amount of paint.This technique is called "dry brush technique" and give the surface more volume due to the contrast of light and dark shades.

Use a simple sandpaper to get the effect of abrasion.

Sanding should be performed in one chosen direction, e.g., top to bottom, or circular motion, and only after the complete drying of the paint layer.The final result depends on the intensity of the work with the sandpaper, so if you want a more natural effect - do not overdo it!

We can achieve completely different result by applying the upper tone lighter than the main one

The basic tone can be applied with a sponge by fractional pressing movements.That way the background looks heterogeneous and light.
Gently paint the upper part of the relief in lighter color, using the smooth roller or brush. Using this method, we have a complex heterogeneous background and bright, slightly transparent ornament.

To give the relief more luxury and elegant look volumetric elements can be tinted with decorative metallics - colors such as bronze, silver and gold. This will accentuate the relief.

Apply the base coat of paint by roller. Wait for complete drying.If desired, apply a second coat of contrasting color on the top of the relief.

After painting the surface in one or two colors apply gold, silver or bronze paint with a sponge, a piece of cloth or a dry brush on the upper part of the relief.

Barely touching by smooth roller apply some silver paint on the most extending part of the relief trying not to cover the early painted layers. This technique makes ornament look more luxurious and contrast.

You should barely touch the surface with metallic paint to achieve natural effect. Remember, the goal of appliance of bronze or gold is to slightly shade the base color, so this should not be applied too much.

Apply a base coat of gold paint with roller. Wait until it dries completely.Apply a second layer of contrasting matte paint by sponge, completely covering the base one.Without letting the second layer to dry remove the paint of the second layer with napkin from the top part of the relief, showing a relief pattern.
You choose the way of lower layer of gold looks depending on the desired result.This technique is suitable for a variety of color combinations.

This method can also be used when the base layer is matte paint and the top one is metallic so this way on volumetric parts of the ornament appear matte paint, and gold or silver paint is on the  background of the relief.


All the above techniques you can carry out yourself, but if you want to get better result, you should use services of professionals. Here are a few examples of how the pros decorate panel, turning it into true masterpiece. Typically, this is a multi-layer painting with a combination of several colors of paint and several coloring techniques. Some of them are listed below. Handmade production makes your panel luxurious and unique.

Option 1. Multi-layer painting in glaze technique.

Use the primary color for background and highlight volumetric elements.Darken volumetric elements slightly touching the background with sponge.Multiple glazing surface of the main tone (up to three times). Glazing – staining with semi-dry brush.
And glaze once again with color used for dimming. Work through with round sponge edges of drawing (bleaching).Silvering of bigger elements of the pattern.

Used paint: emulsion paint for a base  and acrylic for decorating.

Tools: brushes of different sizes, sponges.

Option 2. Multi-layer "dry brush"  coloring technique with patina effect.

Paint background by roller in main color and stamp with "dry brush" technique in two colors to produce the effect of oxidation and patina.Select all elements of a contrasting color. Working through small elements and edges with color lighter than the base one.

Used paint: emulsion paint for a base  and acrylic for decorating.

Tools: brushes of different sizes, sponges.

Option 3. The three-layer coloring with mother of pearl.

Applying 2 coats on the base color on the background. The texture is difficult so do it thoroughly to avoid blank spaces.Applying mother of pearl on volumetric parts.

Used paint: emulsion paint for a base  and acrylic for decorating.

Tools: brushes of different sizes, sponges.

Option 4. The three-layer coloring with patina effect. 

First apply primer tone with wide brush.2 phase of background metal oxidation imitation.Accentuate all the design elements.

Used paint: emulsion paint for a base  and acrylic for decorating.

Tools: brushes of different sizes, sponges.

Option 5. Multilayer coloring with gilding. 

Applying primer tone with wide brush.Applying 2 shades darker tone with following washing off.Bleaching all the elements.
Gilding of some elements or ornament.

Used paint: emulsion paint for a base  and acrylic for decorating.

Tools: brushes of different sizes, sponges.

Option 6. The three layers painting on metallic background. 

First apply metallic background with brush. Then accentuate each element with different color with round brush.Accentuate narrow elements with rectangular brush.

Rub relief by finger so the color is spread evenly.

Used paint: emulsion paint for a base  and acrylic for decorating.

Tools: brushes of different sizes, sponges.

Prices for decoration. 


Applying one color with highlighting some elements with patina or gilding effect
From .. sq.м. 


Difficult background with glazing and accentuation of elements with patina or gilding effect
From .. sq.m.


More than 3 layers of paint, difficult background with glazing and patina or gilding effect 
From .. sq.m.

Sample 50х70 sm

Using client’s materials
Base layer paint should be paid by client. Décor paints (gold, silver, patina, mother of pearl etc.) included in the price