What styles of painting are popular?

Go to your local hardware store (the bigger the store the better) and ask. Anything is in if you like it! The "rag texture" to "sponging" is popular and border are out (decals), but if you like borders go for it. There are all sorts of decorative paints that have a textured look, so it's best to ask the guy at the hardware store and also how to prepare your walls for that type of technique. Marcy