How to create a wall that looks like marble
If you are looking for a way to dress up a wall, but you hate the repetition of wallpaper, try using a faux marble technique. With a rag or two and a little bit of paint, you can change a drab wall into something beautiful. The marble look works great in a kitchen or bathroom, and is wonderful for camouflaging the unevenness and cracks in old plaster.
Faux marble can be created to blend with any decor, and can tie several of your decorating colors together.
Paint the base coat with a neutral tone such as beige or grey.
First ragged coat
After first coat is dry, dampen a rag, and dip part of it in the white or off white paint.
Tap on the walls in an uneven motion, overlapping and changing the shape of the rag as you go.
Take a darker paint and wash a very thin coat unevenly over the entire wall with short strokes of the rag. Do not apply thickly. the other coats must show through.
Use a darker paint to create markings in the marble. Dip the corner of the rag in the paint and drag or slap or dot on the wall with the rag.
Take another part of the rag and pull some of the paint away from the lines or dots of paint, creating streaks or rays of soft color.
Step back and view your work. Does it lack definition? If so add more detail.
Does it look too busy? Try going over it with a light ragging in white or off white.
Is there an accessory going in the room that needs to be tied in? Add a bit of wash here and there using a thinned down version of that color.
It is finished when you are completely happy with the results.